Friday, January 21, 2011

Promise Me

Today, I was very lucky to be invited to a Commonwealth Institute luncheon at the Four Seasons to hear Nancy Brinker, sister of Susan G. Komen and the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, speak.

She just finished a memoir titled Promise Me that tells the story of her sister Suzy and her fight with breast cancer that ended her life at age 36. Nancy is a such a dynamic speaker and her story is so compelling, she talked about how she started Susan G. Komen for the Cure in a time when not only were there no computers around but the word breast couldn't even be printed in the newspaper!! Overcoming all obstacles, she created what is now the biggest breast cancer organization in the world and has made her sister's name synonymous with the the fight to cure this horrible disease.

She spoke of mentors in her life, one of which was her husband. One of his bits of wisdom that I loved was to get out of the way of really smart people. She laughed when she said it but she said she had a habit of micromanaging people and it is good to be able to recognize when people know what they are doing and just let them do their job.

After the the lunch, she signed books and was so lovely. What an impressive lady...I left there in awe of all that she has accomplished. Will read her book soon and report back!


Bumby Scott said...

Kristin, thank you for posting this. Although, I have no one in my family that has suffered this type of disease. I try to re-post items about it that come across my desk. I look forward to reading your review of her book.

Always, Bumby

Mrs. Kindergarten said...

how very wonderful and exciting to hear such a dynamic woman! A topic that is very near and dear to my heart!

Think Pink,
Mrs. Kindergarten