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2020 Advocate Leadership Summit

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NBCC hosted a 2020 Virtual Advocate Leadership Summit from May 19, 2020 through June 15, 2020, culminating in the first Virtual Lobby Day on June 16, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2020 Virtual Advocate Leadership Summit! Your dedication helped make this Summit, held under such challenging circumstances, a great success. We could not have done it without you.

This year’s program included an array of exciting plenary sessions featuring some of the leading voices in breast cancer research and advocacy. Drs. Otis Brawley, Lisa Newman, and Alexandra Shields joined NBCC advocate Valencia Robinson in a powerful discussion about the causes and impacts of breast cancer disparities. Drs. Cyrus Ghajar, Keith Knutson, and Alana Welm presented on their work with NBCC’s Artemis Project and how the research inspired by this program is leading the way on important breast cancer developments, including exciting progress on a preventative vaccine.

Summit participants attended important skill and knowledge-building workshops via Zoom. They heard from Capitol Hill staffers on important topics, such as how to engage elected officials and how to effectively use social media and online tools in their advocacy—skills put to immediate use during the first-ever Virtual Lobby Day! Advocates also learned how to navigate the complicated Department of Defense appropriations process.

Despite the Summit being held virtually this year, participants were able to connect with one another through Zoom networking sessions, which provided an opportunity to share ideas and make social connections with other advocates.

Thank you again to everyone who joined us for the Summit. You truly made this event a success, and we look forward to seeing you all in person again next spring!

View the 2020 Advocate Leadership Summit, click here.

NBCC Advocate Leadership Summit

For nearly 30 years, NBCC has been a leader in supplying the education, tools and training that empowers breast cancer survivors and other advocates to make their own informed decisions and to take leadership roles in clinical, scientific, policy and legislative decision making that affects breast cancer research, healthcare and public policy. The Advocate Leadership Summit is the premier breast cancer advocacy event that attracts women and men from the U.S and other countries. Attendees include breast cancer survivors, caregivers, patient advocates and many others who are affected by breast cancer.

Summit sponsors receive recognition in materials, on signage and on the NBCC website.  Depending on the level of support, private reception invitations and complimentary Summit registrations are available. Sponsorship levels can be found here. Summit sponsorships help NBCC offer scholarships to attendees to participate in this vital training conference. Contact NBCC at 202-973-0573 with sponsor questions.

NBCC gratefully acknowledges the 2020 Advocate Leadership Summit Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation

Vance Wall Foundation

Underwriter Sponsors

The Allergan Foundation

Judges & Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA)



TRIO Translational Research in Oncology

Benefactor Sponsors

Exact Sciences Corporation

Patron Sponsors

Anne Grant Advocate Scholarship Fund Given By Fran Visco

Ruth Eldredge and Marlene McCarthy Scholarship Fund Given by NBCC C4 Board Members