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.

Accomplishments:

  • 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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Andrew Matt

What is your involvement with TAG? :
After attending TAG's annual Derby fundraiser, I became a TAG member after learning more about the great work this group does to promote brain health through research and work in the community.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I am from the DFW area, born and raised in Colleyville. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and moved back to the Dallas area shortly after. I am currently a public relations/public affairs consultant, helping organizations advocate their policy positions on legislative issues and improve their connection with the local community. Previously, I worked for a small public relations firm in Fort Worth and served as the Director of Marketing for the Fort Worth chapter of Young Catholic Professionals.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
Most people are like me, and know someone who has been affected by issues with brain or mental health in their lifetime. However, brain health and mental health have often taken a back seat in research, policy discussions and everyday conversation about health issues. Fortunately, organizations and advocates like TAG are helping make conversations about brain health more mainstream. Whether dementia, addiction, brain injuries or a host of other issues, TAG's members are passionate about addressing brain health issues that affects millions of people and their loved ones. I love hearing about how and why other folks joined TAG and the impact our fundraising has on brain health research and the community.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
If I have to narrow it down, I especially love live music and sports, having drinks on dog-friendly patios and playing golf. I'm also a big foodie, and there is no shortage of great bars and restaurants in Dallas. One of my favorite things about Dallas is that there is something for everyone. Having a number of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character and culture, really makes our city special. I spend a lot of time in Deep Ellum because of its variety of restaurants, bars, music venues and events.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
I expected TAG to do a great job furthering its mission and supporting brain health, and they have exceeded my expectations every step of the way. What I didn't expect was to have so much fun at events and make so many friends. I feel very fortunate to have come across such a wonderful group of people united behind such a great cause. Whether hearing from organizations TAG and the Center for Brain Health support, learning about brain health issues, or just unwinding after work with great people over a drink, I always come away with something from each TAG event.