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About Me

I grew up in Peoria, Illinois in a loving family of passionate caregivers and innovative strivers. My father, Marvin Goodman, a businessman with a big heart, embodied the solid values he instilled in me and my big sister, Susan. Our mother, Ellie Goodman, a Girl Scout leader and community activist, lit up rooms with her vibrant smile and lived her faith with daily acts of loving kindness. Mom was a fundraising marvel, part of the army of everyday people who supported scientists in their search for a polio vaccine in the 1950s. Trooping along with her, Suzy and I witnessed the powerful chemistry of caring and action, and it shaped our lives.

The Book

For sisters and survivors, for anyone who’s ever been lost and found, for every book club that thrives on lively discussion and every reader in search of a riveting emotional journey. For anyone who’s ever wondered, “Who was the real Susan G. Komen?” This is my story and the story of my sister, Suzy.

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Community will is critical when government fails to meet health needs

The Hill Opinion Editorial May 11, 2019 Link: by Nancy G. Brinker, Eric T. Rosenthal There seems to be a disparity in how we view and define health disparities in the United States. Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer and other diseases, the availability of appropriate health care still eludes large […]

Amelia Earhart: Fearless Pioneer, Advocate for Equal Rights

Women’s History Month 2019 Amelia Earhart endures in the American consciousness as one of the world’s most celebrated pioneer aviators. To this day, she remains a symbol of the power and perseverance of American women, and the spirit of adventure that so essential to who we are as Americans. Born in Atchison, Kansas in July […]

Eleanor Roosevelt: Personal Hero, Powerful Advocate, World Leader In Her Own Right

Women’s History Month 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt was one of America’s most beloved First Ladies, reformers, and female leaders of the 20th century. She continues to inspire leaders to this day and is the second women leader profile during Women’s History Month. Eleanor was born in New York City in October 1884. When her mother died […]

Marie Curie: Steadfast Commitment to Science, Dedication to What Remains to be Done

Women’s History Month 2019                                                                                               Leadership Profile: Marie Curie “One […]

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Speaking Engagements

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker has given speeches around the world – from the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to business leaders in Moscow, Russia and at annual meetings of our nation’s largest companies. Her inspiring story of leading the global breast cancer movement from a promise made to her sister resonates with so many looking to transform businesses and organizations. In front of countless audiences big and small, she has shared her fascinating experiences and stories as our nation’s top diplomat in Hungary in the weeks and months immediately following 9/11 and as the United States Chief of Protocol under President Bush where she had the intimate opportunity to walk the halls of the West Wing and White House Residence as she managed protocol and social matters for visiting heads of state and government.

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