In January 2019, Brooks was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at age 38. She underwent 6 months of surgeries and chemotherapy, putting her cancer into remission. During that time, she learned of the shocking rise of colorectal cancer in young people, as well as the unique ability for people to detect - and prevent - colorectal cancer up to 10 years before they may get it. Brooks launched two programs in 2019, 50 Colonoscopies Under 50, and CheckOutMyAss.org, to help spread awareness and demand for colorectal cancer prevention.
Brooks co-founded HQ Raleigh, the largest co-working community in Raleigh that helps empower, foster, and cultivate companies that produce long-term job growth and positive social impact. She has also served as the president of the Entrepreneurs Organization, and as a Trustee on the board at St. Mary's School.
Brooks Bell is a leader in the emerging industry of conversion optimization. She started her firm, Brooks Bell, in the early 2000s to help bring a data-driven mindset to digital marketing departments, and quickly became the leading organization in the industry. Today, her goal is the same: to help companies discover the people behind the data using advanced analytics, optimization, and personalization growth strategies. Her team has generated more than $1 billion dollars in value for industry leaders in retail, financial services, media, and technology. A native of Alaska, Brooks earned her B.A. from Duke University in 2001.