The Brooks Running C.E.O. on Beating Cancer, and Leading With Purpose
This month, on October 22, we’re highlighting the life and career of Marybeth (Brooks) Stoner, who is the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of Beating Cancer, the leading national organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. After being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy, Marybeth decided to focus all of her efforts on finding a cure for the disease. After all, she is a mom of three children, and she really wanted them to be healthier than they were before she had cancer. And she wanted to be as healthy as she could be.
Before joining Beating Cancer, Marybeth was the co-founder of The Run Club, a non-profit that promotes awareness of and provides resources for the running community, and the founder of The Stoner Run Project, a non-profit that supports people with eating disorders. During her tenure at both The Run Club and The Stoner Run Project, she also served on the board of directors for the American Council on Exercise.
Before becoming CEO, Ms. Stoner served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Heart Initiative, a non-profit created by her sister, Dr. Amy Brooks. She also served as founding executive director of the Washington D.C. chapter of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and her work at The Stoner Run Project led her to be named the recipient of the Women’s Heart Award in 2008.
In addition, she has devoted her career to raising awareness of breast cancer through her service on the Board of Directors for The American Cancer Society and her volunteer efforts and her speaking engagements.
She currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer-related fundraiser, which she co-founded with a fellow breast cancer survivor. And she also serves as the Chief