Will Leadership Change At Komen Matter?
Now that the dust has largely settled over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to eliminate funding of Planned Parenthood chapters to help provide breast exams, the group is changing leadership. President Liz Thompson announced she is leaving the organization in September while Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker will shift to a new management role as chair of the Komen Board Executive Committee once the search for a new president is complete.
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America said the following in response to the news. “Nancy Brinker, Elizabeth Thompson, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation have made profound contributions to women’s health. They have helped elevate the importance of breast cancer detection and prevention nationwide.”
Richards continued. “Breast cancer detection is an essential part of women’s health, and we are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Komen affiliates, leaders and volunteers. In our shared commitment to ensuring that all women have access to breast health services regardless of income, the Komen-funded Planned Parenthood programs have helped thousands of women in rural and underserved communities get breast health education, screenings, and referrals for mammograms. We are proud to continue this work together.”
The Komen Foundation has not really recovered from the public relations disaster of their Planned Parenthood decision. The group insists the change in leadership is not related to the Planned Parenthood incident, but, frankly, the damage to the brand has been so severe a change in leadership is the organization’s only hope at fully recovering. With any luck a change in leadership will refocus the group away from the commercialization of breast cancer and pink-washing and back toward helping women and finding a cure for breast cancer.
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