Speaker Profile

Nancy Frates
CEO and the mother behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge / Team Frate Train

Nancy Frates is a motivational speaker and ALS advocate and advisor who has spoken with CEOs, senators, representatives, and more on behalf of her son Peter, who was diagnosed with ALS.

In 2014, Peter inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, raising $220 million for the ALS Association and its global partners. The family's story was documented by New York Times bestselling authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge in The Ice Bucket Challenge, as well as in an upcoming film for Netflix from producer Casey Affleck.

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.