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October Luncheon: Breast Cancer Awareness Panel Discussion

October 14, 2020 : 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Breast Cancer Awareness Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 14

Location: Zoom

Time: 11:45am – 1pm

Moderator: Dawn Eaton


  • Jennifer A. Pietenpol, PH.D. Chief Scientific Advisor for Susan G. Komen, Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Kristen Hobbs, MPH, Manager, Program Evaluation Susan G. Komen Headquarters
  • Angela Robinson, Breast Cancer Survivor

Overview of Program: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Join us as we learn from our expert panelist about breast cancer, healthcare disparities and research. Walk with us virtually in the 2020 Komen Greater Nashville Virtual More than Pink Walk on Saturday, October 3, 2020 @ 10am #WalkWhereYouAre

Join our team: Click Here to Register for the Virtual Walk on October 3!

Team Name: Nashville Cable

#WearPink #WalkWhereYouAre #breastcancerawarness

Member Spotlight: We would like to spotlight our cancer heroes on our social media platforms the month of October, if you are a member of Cable and have survived cancer or currently beating cancer we would like to spotlight you in the month of October. If you are interested please email



Dawn Eaton


Dawn is a skilled entrepreneurial leader with a track record of achievement as a “business
builder” and connector in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. She has excellent
organizational and strategic planning skills, which allow the planning, budgeting, and
management of multiple projects simultaneously. She currently holds the position as CEO of
Susan G. Komen Central TN. Central TN is one of 61 affiliates across the country working to save
lives and invest in breakthrough research in the area of breast cancer.
Prior to coming to Komen, Dawn was the CEO at The Family Center where she served for 8 years
resulting in restructured programming, heightened awareness of the Center’s work in the
prevention of child abuse, a customized, scalable database, and increased board diversity. Her
past also includes nine years as the Executive Director of MainStreet Murfreesboro Rutherford
County and two businesses that she started and grew.
She is the proud mother of one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, ages 17 months
and 4 years.





Jennifer A. Pietenpol, PH.D. Chief Scientific Advisor for Susan G. Komen, Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Jennifer A. Pietenpol, Ph.D. is Professor of Biochemistry, the B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of
Molecular Oncology, the Executive Vice President for Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. She leads a competitively funded research program with a focus on triple-negative breast cancer and the p53 family-signaling network.

For the past ten years, her laboratory has been deciphering triple-negative breast cancer
(TNBC); and, combined their expertise in molecular genetics with bioinformatics to molecularly subclassify this difficult-to-treat type of cancer. This work has been validated and cited over 3,300 times over the past seven years. The team is now translating resulting pre-clinical data to investigator-initiated clinical trials that align TNBC patients with targeted therapy. Dr. Pietenpol is active in the national cancer program serving as an external advisor or member on national boards and committees including the NCI Blue Ribbon Panel for the Cancer Moonshot, numerous NCI Cancer Center Scientific Advisory Boards, and the Institute of  Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum. Two years ago, she was appointed Chief Scientific
Advisor for Susan G. Komen.

She has received numerous awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome Award in Toxicology,
the Carleton College Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the T.J. Martell Medical
Research Advancement Award, and the Charles R. Park Award for fundamental research into
the pathophysiology of cancer. She was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars,
and was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
During her tenure at Vanderbilt University, she has trained over 60 undergraduate, graduate
students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows; and, directly mentored over 25 junior faculty


Kristen Hobbs, MPH, Manager, Program Evaluation Susan G. Komen Headquarters

Kristen Hobbsis a health equity champion and innovator, trained epidemiologist, and public health evaluator. She currently serves as the Senior Manager for the African American Health Equity Initiative at Susan G. Komen. Kristen has served at Komen since January of 2016 on both the Data Science & Impact team as an evaluator, as well as the African American Health Equity Initiative team as an evaluator and subject matter expert in the development and implementation of the initiative.

Before Joining Komen, Kristen worked with the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Saint Louis University on accreditation efforts, survey development, research, and analysis. She also worked for the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Control Services Division to evaluate and monitor the department’s Perinatal Hepatitis B program, conduct epidemiologic surveillance of infectious diseases, and refine behavioral health
marketing messages for STD prevention and awareness in North St. Louis. During her graduate studies at Saint Louis University, Kristen conducted several public health research studies aimed at 1) assessing the disparities in genetic testing within the African-American community of St. Louis, Missouri; 2) analyzing the correlation between health education and asthma management plans for prevention in adolescents; and 3) defining predictive tools for the epidemiologic surveillance of influenza. Kristen brings her unique experiences in pharmaceutical business analytics, emergency medicine, research, and
evaluation to Komen.

Kristen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Saint Louis University.


Angela Robinson, Breast Cancer Survivor

Angela Robinson is a Nashville, Tennessee born native, she has been a Healthcare Executive for twenty
years and now serves as Revenue Management Consultant. Angela has lived in Tennessee all of her life;
she loves everything Tennessee. The rolling hills, the winter’s snowcapped mountains, and a fall
Tennessee sunset. She has another love, her family- husband Ron Robinson and two grown sons.
In March 2010 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, up to this point she was healthy and exercised a
few times a week. Because of her previous leadership roles in Healthcare she was able to assemble her
team of medical professionals and instantly began educating herself in order to make the best decision
for her treatment of care. One surgery after another, one treatment after another, fast forward ten
years later, Angela is a ten-year survivor who now serves as the Volunteer Chair for Komen Central
Tennessee Speaker’s Bureau.

Angela’s mission is to educate those living with or have been newly diagnosed with cancer. People like
her Mom, diagnosed in September 2015, Aunt, diagnosed Summer 2010 and grandmother, diagnosed in
Spring 2010. In 2014, Susan G. Komen honored Angela long with twenty others in the “Facing Pink”
project. Angela believes, “Cancer takes a lot out of you, and you should make cancer give something
back to you. Angela has used her journey to inspire others as their journey begins. Angela has a strong
commitment and a burning desire to educate and assist those in need. She can be quoted as saying
“Cancer is not something you have, and it goes away, cancer becomes a part of who you are, “accept it,
embrace it , and live it”.


October 14, 2020
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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