Pepsico Senior Executive Joins Board of Directors of Young Survival Coalition

January 17, 2013

Young Survivor Courtney Hagen To Passionately Serve the Nearly 13,000 Young Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Every Year

New York, N.Y. (January 17, 2013) — Courtney Hagen, Senior Director, Executive Talent Acquisition at PepsiCo, has joined the board of directors of Young Survival Coalition (YSC). Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, she is determined to give back to the community and organization that supported her. Courtney, who just celebrated her fifth year of survivorship, brings over 15 years of experience with strategy innovation, marketing and human resource development to her new role as a member of the board of directors where she will focus on expanding the organization’s resources.

Established in 1998, YSC was the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. There are more than a quarter of a million women living in the U.S. today who were diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday.

Diagnosed in 2006, Courtney found at YSC the support and education she needed to make critical decisions about her own care. Only six months after ending treatment, she participated in the YSC Tour de Pink® (TdP) bike ride for the first time. Courtney trained for the three-day 200+ mile East Coast ride as a means of taking her body back from cancer and succeeded in her endeavor to ride every mile. YSC’s TdP currently consists of three outdoor bike rides — a one-day ride in the South (Atlanta, Ga.) and two three-day events on the East and West Coasts of the United States — along with indoor events around the country.

In 2011, Courtney expanded her volunteer efforts with YSC by joining its In Living Pink benefit committee, where she worked to promote the organization’s national gala by securing individual and corporate support.

“We are thrilled Courtney will be playing a bigger role within the organization. Her own experiences highlight the importance of YSC’s existence,” remarked Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a young survivor herself, she understands the particular struggles women who are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40 might face including career challenges, fertility issues and the possibility of early menopause, topics often not addressed in traditional breast cancer support groups. With resources from YSC that are created for an under 40 population like our Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit and Post-Treatment Navigator, Courtney and thousands of other young women are empowered to make complicated decisions.”

Courtney earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Before joining PepsiCo, she led searches for marketing, sales and HR executives with Russell Reynolds Associates. Prior to her career in executive search, she developed co-branded partnerships for American Express. Courtney started her career as a strategy consultant for Fortune 1000 companies around the world with Bridge Strategy Group/Renaissance Worldwide.

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC) 
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. Founded by young survivors for young survivors, YSC began as a grassroots organization to advocate on behalf of all young women diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their quality and quantity of life. Based in New York City, with locations nationwide, YSC today provides free comprehensive resources, support and educational materials such as its ResourceLink program, Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit (NDRK), Post-Treatment Navigator, Metastatic Navigator and is well known for its three national YSC Tour de Pink rides. It also co-presents the C4YW (Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. For more information or to make a donation, please visit:

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