You were diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. Do you think that has helped you in your new position?
Do I think someone who hasn't had or experienced breast cancer could do this job? Yes. Because ultimately it's about leadership, about driving the membership. But having had breast cancer does give me a unique perspective, a credibility and relatability with our audience. I can listen as both a CEO and a survivor.

What advice would you give to anyone dealing with breast cancer?
Get educated. Most importantly, be an advocate for yourself. My experience with breast cancer wasn’t difficult. I never shed a tear. I knew my chances for survival were incredibly high. And thinking back on it, I realize the reason for that was Komen. The work they do made the experience much less difficult.

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A Portion of the Proceeds

You’ve seen them everywhere, those pink products (often displaying Komen’s familiar pink ribbon) that donate portions of their sales to support breast cancer awareness and research. Here, according to Komen, are their top five pink products, in no particular order.
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Ocean Pearl Filled Candle, from Pier One, $14

Cook for the Cure Edition Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, from KitchenAid, $320

New Cook Book: Limited Edition “Pink Plaid,” from Better Homes and Gardens, $30

2006 Ford Warriors in Pink scarf, from Ford Motor Company, $35

Pink and white M&M’s, from M&M’s Chocolate Candies, starting at $3 (available from approximately August 15 through October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month)