Advocate Leadership Summit

Attend the 2021 Virtual Advocate Leadership Summit

Join us for this year’s Virtual Advocate Leadership Summit from May 13-15, 2021, followed by Virtual Lobby Day on May 18, 2021.

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About the Annual 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.  

NBCC’s Advocate Leadership Summit is an annual gathering of breast cancer advocates from across the country and around the world. Participants attend sessions on the latest scientific research, training in effective advocacy strategies and presentations by respected researchers in the field, grassroots leaders from around the country and prominent public policy experts. 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.

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.

The 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, 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.