Elizabeth Thompson, Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth "Liz" Thompson is the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease. Ms. Thompson is a global leader who has had the honor and privilege to work on some of the most significant health challenges of our time with some of the brightest, most committed professionals on the planet to find solutions benefitting people at the local, national, and global levels.
A highly respected leader in the international cancer community, Thompson is recognized for her passion for driving innovation in science and medicine as well as her expertise in formulating public policy and educational initiatives focused on quality and outcomes.
While establishing her public reputation through successful major initiatives, Thompson's management and leadership skills have been equally impressive, with four significant cancer research organizations as legacies. She has built two burgeoning organizations (one dedicated to breast cancer and the other to colon cancer), developed and expanded programming with a growing organization dedicated to pancreatic cancer, and headed one of the largest, most well recognized nonprofits of our time (Susan G. Komen for the Cure).
Thompson's interest in health and medicine began with what she calls her "first life," in medical publishing. In that position, she traveled the world, learning and working first-hand with noted medical experts to produce educational materials about the trends, techniques, and therapies that would make a difference for patients. Wanting to make more of a direct impact on patients and families, Thompson shifted her attention to the cancer advocacy arena. Her focus has been on creating research investments that would make a difference on morbidity and mortality within 10 years; leading and directing advocacy efforts to advance a dynamic research agenda; working to harness the power of thought leaders and coalitions to achieve breakthroughs in cancer research; and addressing the greatest plague in our healthcare system, the issues of disparities. A compassionate leader, she is known for her efforts to break down barriers and rally for equity in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for all around the globe.
Thompson received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota where she attended the Tom Brokaw School of Communications. A life-long learner she remains thankful to the physicians, researchers, patients and colleagues who have been and remain the most thoughtful, insightful and challenging educators.