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2020 CEO | Leadership Breakfast

September 18 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am MST

2020 Brain Health CEO • Leadership Breakfast

The 2020 Brain Health CEO/Leadership Breakfast will be held via Zoom 09/18/2020 at 7:30am (AZ).

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY 9/15/2020. In a separate email, you will receive instructions and a secure link to join this ZOOM event. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THIS EMAIL or if you have any questions, please contact dena@gobigusa.com | 602.690.6971

$ 250.00
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Donation Total: $250.00

Dr. P. David Adelson

Dr. Joseph Maroon

Dr. Christina Kwasnica

Dr. Patricio F. Reyes

Julie Rake,

Dr. David Dodick

Ky Westbrook

Scott Palumbo, Esq.

Carrie Collins-Fadell, MPA

Dena Baldwin

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s (BIAAZ) Advisory Council is partnering with leaders in our state to host Arizona’s Brain Health CEO/Leadership Breakfast for Valley CEO’s, Leaders, and Professionals. This will be a celebration of the individuals and organizations that form true centers of excellence for research and treatment of brain injuries in Arizona.

The goal of the breakfast is to increase awareness and advocacy from community and business leaders for this important work. Healthcare systems and experts providing education to improve individual and workplace brain health and will inform participants of the personal and economic advantages Arizona has to offer.

Featured Presenters

Joseph C. Maroon, MD

Dr. Joseph Maroon received his medical and neurosurgical training at: Indiana University, Georgetown University, Oxford University, and University of Vermont. He has worked in the field of neurotrauma and sports related injuries—developed ImPACT—the neurocognitive test now the standard of care in the NFL, NHL, MLB, NASCAR for concussion evaluation. Over 20 million athletes baselined tested to date. He is also the team Neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Medical Director for World Wrestling Entertainment. Dr. Maroon is on the editorial board of several major journals and published over 280 peer reviewed papers and six books.


  • 2018 Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
  • 2017 Circus Saints and Sinners Man of the Year
  • One of American’s Best Neurosurgeons for 15 consecutive years

Athletic Accomplishments:

Scholastic All American football at Indiana University

Dr. Maroon has competed in over 80 triathlons, 8 of these Ironman distance races – 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run—winning the Kona, Hawaii world championship 5 times. He was inducted into the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame along with Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, for athletic accomplishments and contributions to sports medicine and into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. He is frequently quoted as an expert source by the New York Times, USA Today, ESPN, ABC Nightline News and more.

Ky Westbrook

Track & Field Athlete • Olympic Hopeful

Ky Westbrook is a 2021 Olympic hopeful. She has been competing as a Track and Field athlete since the age of nine, which has led to some amazing moments and great opportunities.

During her time at Chandler High School, in Chandler Arizona, she was able to obtain 14 state championships in the sprint, hurdles, throws, and relays. She was also fortunate enough to represent the USA on two occasions after being selected to compete in international competitions.

One of those meets was the World Youth Championships, where she claimed a gold medal in the 100-meter dash. After this, she was recruited by the University of Southern California (USC) and attended on a full scholarship. There, she became a 4-time NCAA All American and an Indoor NCAA Runner-up.

After graduating from USC in 2019, Ky has been training and striving toward greatness and hopes to represent the USA in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Brain Health Stats & Facts in Children

Trauma, particularly, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), is the leading cause of death and disability in children… more so than all other diseases combined. It’s five times that of the next most common cause of death in children, Leukemia.

A TBI can permanently arrest the development of functions that haven’t yet formed in children. For example, if a child has a TBI in the parietal or occipital lobes before they develop depth perception, they will have great difficulty developing this ability, or developing if fully. Since developmental skills build off one another, this can cause several additional delays for the child as they grow.

When children survive a TBI, they are often left with permanent neurological deficits. Even if they have a mild TBI (concussion), upwards of 15-50% will be left with permanent deficits.

Rarely do we hear about what its impact is on children and life-long issues.

Comparatively little is known about the brain, and much research is still needed. TBI is one of the most underappreciated, underrepresented disabilities when it comes to federal funding for further studying and improving methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Depending on the severity, children may have a normal life expectancy post-TBI, but may also experience significant difficulties or deficits that impact several key area of their lives: relationships, education, vocational, social, emotional, physical. Additionally, they generally have an increased likelihood of acquiring psychiatric and psychological disorders.


September 18
7:30 am - 9:30 am MST
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