NEW YORK CITY — In August 2014, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon took part in the Cynopsis Sports Business Summit. At the famed New York Athletic Club on Central Park South, McMahon presented the 2014 Impact Award to Nancy Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness organization.
Each year, the Impact Award is presented to a leader whose vision has transformed the way the industry looks at using sports for social good. WWE and Komen have a long history partnering on several occasions to raise awareness for breast cancer and women’s health.
Brinker helped build Komen by fostering a coalition of relationships within the business community, including sports organizations like WWE, NFL and NASCAR, government, and volunteer sectors in the United States. For her work on breast cancer research, Time magazine named Brinker to its 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Calling her "a catalyst to ease suffering in the world," President Barack Obama honored Brinker with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Aug. 12, 2009.
Susan G. Komen is named after Nancy’s only sister, who died from breast cancer in 1980 at 36-years-old. From 2001 to 2003, Brinker was the United States Ambassador to Hungary and is also a breast cancer survivor. From her experience, she aims to help heighten understanding of the disease. Brinker is currently serving as the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.”