Kelly Chapman Meyer & co-founders – WOMEN of ACTION™


A Celebration of Women™

is elated this day to Celebrate the Lives of a group of women

that have devoted part of their lives to the research of cancer, working to find a cure.






Kelly Chapman Meyer

& her co-founders Marion Laurie, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow and Jamie Tisch

Honorary chairs Kate Capshaw and Rita Wilson along with The Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s founders Marion Laurie, Anne Douglas, Kelly Meyer, Quinn Ezralow, and Jamie Tisch.

The Women’s Cancer Research Fund was created by Honorary Chairs Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with, Co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Marion Laurie, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow and Jamie Tisch. They joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a leading charity in Hollywood, to address the issue of cancer and the urgent need to develop new ways to treat it, to detect it early, and even prevent it.

Their goal is very simple: to save lives by raising critical funds to help fast track more effective approaches to the early diagnosis of women’s cancers.

Kelly Chapman Meyer, passionate environmental activist, began as a member of the NRDC Action Forum and is currently a Co-Chair of the NRDC Leadership Council, where she lobbies on behalf of environmental policies and legislation. She is a board member of Heal the Bay and worked to help pass the Environmental Education Initiative which provides environmental education for all children in the state of California, K – 12. In 2008, with her partner Tom Schey, she built the first LEED Platinum home in California ( that was used to educate the public on Green building and raise money for environmental causes. She recently supported the implementation of the Marine Life Preserve Area (MLPA) on the coast of Southern California.

As co-founder of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, ( she has helped raise over $40 million for ground breaking Bio-Marker research and medical institutions. She and her co-founders received Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Award in 2004.

Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Kelly is currently focused on the launch and expansion of the Teaching Garden ( into 1,000 schools within the next two years. With the goal of solving childhood obesity, this program focuses on integrating better nutrition habits and fitness into schools across the nation. By introducing organic gardening along with a nutritional curriculum and technology that allows schools to communicate with other participants, the hope is to re-establish what it means to be healthy for the next generation.

A strong supporter of the public school system, she was president of the PTA at Point Dume Marine Science School in Malibu. She recently completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first hand, the concept of thinking globally while acting locally. A true outdoorswomen, she is an avid surfer, stand up paddler, yoga devotee, tri-athlete and hiker. She is the mother of two, Carson and Eli, and wife of Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios.

Through the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, the group has helped bring about one of the most exciting and ambitious scientific projects today. It is called EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project. Led by world-class scientists, the goal is to find a blood test that will diagnose breast and other women’s cancers in the earliest stages when it can be cured.

With this project and others like it, they hope to reduce and eventually even to eradicate cancer from the lives of the women that we love.

Through an ambitious scientific effort called EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project, world-class scientists are collaborating to develop a blood test that will detect breast cancer in its beginning stages, when it can be cured. Scientists funded by the Women’s Cancer Research Fund include:

EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project Oversight Committee:

  • Richard D. Klausner, M.D., Chair, The Column Group
  • David Baltimore, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, California Institute of Technology
  • Joe W. Gray, Ph. D., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • C. Kent Osborne, M.D., Breast Center Baylor College of Medicine
  • Lawrence D. Platt, M.D., Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound
  • Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D., Friends of Cancer Research

EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project Regional Beneficiaries:

  • Helena R. Chang, M.D., Ph.D., UCLA School of Medicine Revlon/UCLA Breast Cancer Center
  • Parkash S. Gill, M.D., Ezralow Family Chair in Cancer Therapeutics Professor, Medicine, Division of Hematology, and Pathology
  • EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project Scientists:
  • Steven Carr, Ph. D., Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard
  • Francisco J. Esteva, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Michael A. Gillette, M.D., Ph.D., Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard
  • Peter W. Laird, Ph.D., University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Amanda G. Paulovich, M.D., Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Peggy L. Porter, M.D., Research Center
  • Aysegul A. Sahin, M.D., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Richard D. Smith, Ph.D., Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pei Wang, Ph.D, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project Steering Committee:

  • Lee H. Hartwell, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P., University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Eric S. Lander, Ph.D., Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard
  • EIF’s Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project Clinical Advisors::
  • Julie R. Gralow, M.D., University of Washington Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Eric P. Winer, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Breast Oncology Center


Gwyneth Paltrow’s Courage Award Speech at EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s “An Unforgettable Evening” event in 2009.



A Celebration of Women™

celebrates with this tribute as our token of appreciation to a group of generous, powerful women leaders.

Brava Kelly & friends!


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