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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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NewsRoom


Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.: A Gifted Surgeon & Leader With a Deep, Wise Soul

May 26, 2019 By Susan Braun & Nancy G. Brinker True leaders are rare. People who can teach and inspire and make hard choices and persevere.  People who have unquestionable morals and dignity, extraordinary intelligence and compassion.  People who make you want to be the best you can be. And that only begins to describe […]

Statement on the Passing of Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.

May 26, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “It is with great sadness that I recognize the passing of the legendary Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Adhering to his personal credo that ‘education is the great equalizer,’ Dr. Leffall moved beyond the boundaries of prejudice to be successful in his education, his medical career and his life. […]

Community will is critical when government fails to meet health needs

The Hill Opinion Editorial May 11, 2019 Link: https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/443244-community-will-is-critical-when-government-fails-to-meet-health-needs?fbclid=IwAR1KnStcgc5W4zosnTNnMUUpT-hpCLJ3oD3m0Ju75BiSwhMpFwOTlmwld-s#.XNh_4bwvxQ8.twitter 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 […]

ICYMI: Shake It Up: Shifting Your Strategy in the Disruption Economy

NonProfitPro – November 20, 2019 By Christy McWilliams Link: https://www.nonprofitpro.com/post/shake-it-up-shifting-your-strategy-in-the-disruption-economy/ Recently, I read a provocative op-ed on The Hill called “Has Philanthropy Kept Up With the Times?,” written by Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Eric T. Rosenthal, founder of the National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers Public Affairs Network. The piece points to the same fundamental idea […]

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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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