Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in May, 2010
Professional Background and Education
Kirsten Brecht Baker is a serial entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience building technology-based companies that solve everyday problems. Currently, Mrs. Baker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Jeenie, a product by GPS Inc. – a mobile platform that provides human-to-human language interpretation on a cell phone – via video or audio – from anywhere in the world at anytime.
Prior to Jeenie, Mrs. Baker co-founded four other companies—serving as CEO for two of them–in the areas of online marketplaces and cross-cultural market development. Mrs. Baker also worked for Monitor Company (a leading strategy consulting firms acquired by Deloitte) and as the Chief Marketing and New Markets Officer for an international non-profit organization concentrated on education, language immersion, and multiculturalism in over 80 countries. She has a diverse background working in company and team building, strategy, and international growth expansion for organizations from start-up to Fortune 50 status. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science and Russian from the University of Pennsylvania.
Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships
Member, Wharton Women in Business
Member, National Association of Professional Women
Member, National Association of Women Business Owners
Member, Wharton Club of Washington DC
Member, Vinetta Project, Female Founders and Funders Network
Member, multiple foreign language advocacy organizations (JNCL-NCLIS, ACTFL etc.) and committees
Why I Became an Advocate
As with most survivors, the experience of confronting and overcoming cancer had a profound impact on me – providing an additional perspective from which I now view life’s boundless possibilities and opportunities.
After my treatment, I began working with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to provide support and compassion and, when appropriate, a positive voice and outlook during their unique journey with this disease. While I enjoyed my work with patients and survivors, I was interested in playing a larger role to advocate for the advancement of cancer research and to help promote the various research options to patients.
Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests
Most of us have experienced talented, patient and personable doctors during our medical treatments to whom we owe such gratitude. Many of us have also experienced doctors and treatment protocols that seemed ill-fitted to our specific situation or ignored our preference for treatment styles or desire to be informed. None of us have to look too far to find someone we know who also missed out on a break-through treatment that might have expedited their cure, changed their quality of life, or saved their life all together. The inability to receive the proper education and transparency around an illness is one of the most scary and disenfranchising aspects of confronting a disease.
My focus in advocacy is to participate in programs that better inform patients during their process about their disease in terms they can understand, while also giving them a positive and comprehensive outlook for their treatment options.