Susan G. Komen Founder to Receive George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology’s Person of the Year Award

| June 22, 2012

Ambassador Nancy Brinker

Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is the 2012 recipient of Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology’s Person of the Year Award.

The honor will be presented following a public address by Ambassador Brinker on Webster University’s home campus in Webster Groves on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. Register to attend here: webster.edu/speakers.

Brinker’s work and dedication has made the name of her sister, Susan G. Komen, synonymous with hope for families in the fight against breast cancer. Her promise to her dying sister to put an end to the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by the disease sparked the global breast cancer movement.

Twenty-seven years later, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives by investing more than $1.9 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, founded by Brinker 1983, is now the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

“The Walker School of Business & Technology has a rich tradition of recognizing individuals whose contributions and impact are felt across the world,” said Webster president Beth Stroble. “Ambassador Brinker’s dedication to the fight against breast cancer exemplifies her unwavering commitment and her vision for a global organization focused on eradicating a disease that remains a serious threat to women’s health.”

“Ambassador Brinker’s passion for success is unmatched,” says Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. “Her unwavering determination to rid the world of breast cancer has given millions of women and their families support and hope in their darkest hours of need. This award is bestowed on transformational leaders who impact the world by being catalysts for positive change.  Ambassador Brinker epitomizes the very essence of this honor.”

Brinker, herself a breast cancer survivor, was U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and U.S. Chief of Protocol of the George W. Bush administration. In 2009, President Barack Obama named Brinker a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for her work to end breast cancer.

She serves as the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control, is the author of four books, including the New York Times best-seller “Promise Me,” about Komen’s growth from a promise made to her sister to the global organization of today, and has been named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Past recipients of Webster University’s Person of the Year include Sam Palmisano, recently retired chairman/president/CEO of IBM; Jack Dorsey, chairman/founder of Twitter, and Ed Whitacre, former chairman/CEO of General Motors and former chairman/CEO of AT&T.

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