Who are we?
The Think Ahead Group (TAG) is a group of young professionals who are passionate about brain health.

What do we do?
TAG is teaching people how to think about the current and future health of their brains. We raise money to support research at the Center for BrainHealth that discovers and implements new ways to understand, protect, and heal the human brain.


  • Securing former First Lady Laura W. Bush as a special guest speaker
  • Growing to over 400 past and present members
  • Raising over $300,000 in financial and in-kind gifts
  • Hosting multiple lectures and social events

Media Recognition:

  • Dallas Morning News
  • PaperCity
  • D Magazine Blog
  • Dallas Modern Luxury
  • Park Cities People
  • RSVP Calendar Blog
  • My Sweet Charity Blog
  • Luella & June
  • CultureMap Dallas

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Mark LaGrone

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I joined TAG in 2011. A lot of my friends from college were involved and it seemed like a great way to network with fellow young professionals and have fun while doing so. As I learned more about the positive impact that the Center for BrainHealth has locally and within the broader scientific community, I realized I wanted to become more actively involved. In 2014, I joined the TAG Advisory Board as the Co-Fundraising Chair and currently serve on the Board as Treasurer.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I was born in San Francisco, CA and spent most of my childhood in Amarillo, TX. I was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at SMU, where I graduated with degrees in History and Economics in 2010. I am currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and will take the Level II exam this June.

Where do you work and what do you do there?:
I am currently an Assistant Vice President and Senior Analyst with Bright Equities, an early growth financial services firm that has been built out of the Bright Family Office. We are a multi-family office, meaning we focus on managing the wealth and lifestyles of ultra high net worth individuals. I have two primary responsibilities with the firm. First, I manage our model portfolios, which consist mostly of public equities. Second, I assist with our deal flow for private equity investments by identifying and analyzing opportunities in that space.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I love trying new restaurants whenever I can. One of my favorite things about Dallas are all of the great restaurant choices! I also enjoy playing golf and hanging out at the pool in the summer. I really like backpacking, skiing, fishing, and hunting, so I leave town whenever I get an opportunity to do one of those activities.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
TAG is a great way to meet like-minded young professionals while contributing to a great cause. The quality of our members is second to none. You will find that they are often leaders within the community. Young professionals know that there are networking opportunities everywhere, but joining TAG is far more gratifying than other organizations I have been a part of because you know that you are contributing to a great cause. Most organizations focus solely on the networking aspect, which can denigrate the value of the experience. With TAG, you know that you are not only contributing to a great cause, but to one that has a very singular and important focus.