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Nancy Frates

CEO, Team Frate Train; Champion, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Business Leader, Mentor and Performance Coach

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A distinguished businesswoman in her own right, Nancy Frates is the mother behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the very apex of viral philanthropy, and a leader in the ALS community.

Driven by the unacceptability of her son’s prognosis, Nancy Frates has utilized her business acumen, communication skills and mama bear drive to network, advocate and create worldwide awareness in the fight against ALS/MND. In August 2014, her son Peter, in concert with his family and supporters, championed the historic global movement, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (ALS IBC), which ignited a media maelstrom, raising over $220 million in just five weeks.

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On March 13, 2012, Nancy’s 27 year old son Peter was diagnosed with ALS. Her family’s world changed in a moment. They were told that there is no treatment or cure and the prognosis was 2-5 years. Since that day, Nancy has immersed herself in the ALS community as an advocate and thought leader. She has traveled and networked to the offices of CEO’s, Senators, Congressmen, top doctors and governmental authorities. She has testified in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, at the White House and to an FDA panel regarding important issues affecting the ALS community. Nancy has developed strong relationships with many ALS organizations involved in research, patient support, advocacy and fundraising as well as ALS priority pharmaceutical companies. She has helped build strong relationships between the ALS Association and new strategic business partners such as Major League Baseball.

August 2014, Nancy’s son Peter along with their family and supporters, better known as Team Frate Train, inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to go viral, raising $220 million for the ALS Association and its global partners. During that August and the months following, Nancy has done many domestic and international television, magazine and web interviews. Her speaking engagements have taken her around the country and the globe, inspiring others with her family's story and continuing the momentum created for their cause, ALS. Her motivating talks express gratitude to all who supported the IBC and the extraordinary results and updates to the progress being made in the fight for a cure.

Nancy holds a business degree from Boston College and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Studies from Endicott College. Before devoting her life to her son's mission, she was an accomplished entrepreneur and business coach. She presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Endicott College and is a member of the Chairman’s Council of the National Board of Trustees for the ALS Association. She is an advisor to several pharmaceutical companies and works closely with many organizations which provide care services to those presently living with ALS. In August 2017, New York Times bestselling authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge published her family's story, The Ice Bucket Challenge. Her Ted Talk, on Ted.com, has been viewed over 1 million times.

In January 2019, it was announced that Netflix, along with producer Casey Affleck, will be making a movie of the Frates amazing journey.

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On its platform, Facebook has raised $2B for the nonprofit world in 4 short years.  They have credited the Frates Family and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for catalyzing them to create their fundraising tools and eliminate all fees.

Today nonprofits have a new tool in their toolkit for raising the amount of donations, and if using social media is not one of them, Nancy Frates will explain that the train has left the station and they need to get on it immediately.

How did it happen and so what?  Nancy Frates carries her audience through her family’s journey from your next-door neighbor to globally known disruptors and fundraisers.

She weaves the story of her son Pete, a servant leader and ultimate teammate who called on his vast network to join him in his fight.  This relatable story of a family whose lives took a U-turn has changed the landscape of not only the disease space of ALS but of how we give.

The backbone behind the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge was communication and tapping into all relationships. And not just through a computer screen, but face to face. The network and relationships that the Frates’ had built and nurtured throughout their lives was the basis of its success, and their willingness and drive to expand their reach is what made it historic.

Frates’ provides a first-hand perspective on building those important relationships and successful ways to cultivate, strengthen and retain them through communication.

Nancy Frates credits much of her success to the basics, including being a leader and building the Frate Train Team. Frates’ strips off the fluff and keeps it simple.  Her leadership style follows the system of passion, authenticity and hard work.

From panel discussions to intensive leadership keynotes, Frates takes a deep dive into what it takes to building your best team and how to effectively lead them. While new age CEOs and management officials try the snazzy innovative techniques, Frates explains that it will not work unless the fundamentals exemplify honesty, hard work, and purpose.

Her delivery is enhanced with a clarity and passion that only a leader can express while inspiring audiences to account for their own outlook on their life and career  challenges.

When Pete Frates was given a terminal diagnosis at age 27, he told his family “it was an opportunity to change the world.”

His mother Nancy tells the story of how her family took her son’s mission and mobilized with passion, dedication and resilience to change the trajectory of an unacceptable, underfunded and neglected disease space.  Today the results of the money and awareness raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge are both outstanding and triumphant.

Nancy Frates and her family have proven that with unlimited passion and perseverance, real results are possible.


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  • "I think I can speak for everyone and say that Nancy was beyond phenomenal. . She was inspiring, impressive, and so humble." - Liz Churgin, Corporate Events, Jeffries

  • "I was excited to hear her speak, but she exceeded my expectations. I look forward to having more events with Nancy in the future." - Liz Churgin, Corporate Events, Jeffries

  • "The feedback from clients and Jefferies folks from Nancy’s session has been phenomenal. We’ve even had a bank competitor ask about her background because they had heard such great things second hand.“ - Shannon Murphy, Jeffries

  • "She was a standout for the event, and someone our attendees will be thinking about for quite a while. “ - Shannon Murphy, Jeffries

  • "She could not have been more lovely to deal with and her message resonated so strongly with our audience. I’ve already heard some buzz from our attendees that they want to invite her to speak at future events." - Pfizer

  • "...If you are fortunate to have an opportunity to hear Nancy speak, prepare yourself for an emotional and inspirational experience you will remember for a long time." - CEO, Suffolk Construction

  • "...you could hear a pin drop as she revealed chapter by chapter of her amazing story of awareness, discovery, family, and the confrontation of inevitable loss." - Chief Development Officer, MassChallenge, Inc.

  • "People were very moved by Nancy and Pete’s story – moved to donate, moved to share their own stories, moved to want to know more about Pete. We were so proud to have her!" - Melissa Suster, Vice President, Associated General Counsel, AT&T

  • "Nancy was phenomenal! The leadership hosts and winners were thrilled. Standing O." - Midge Stone, Senior Events Manager, AT&T

  • Your presentation was impactful, personal and resonated with every person in that room." - Meghan Dorsey, Director, Events, Medidata Solutions

  • "You were our highest rated keynote speaker and the feedback we received from our attendees has been outstanding!" - Meghan Dorsey, Director, Events, Medidata Solutions