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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Derek Schuster

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I'm a TAG Board Member, but have been involved with TAG since 2014.

Tell us a little about your background:
I moved to Dallas in 2013 for a career change and fell in love with the city. Prior to that I was a country club pro on Long Island after graduating from Penn State. I currently work for Weitzman, one of the largest retail commercial real estate brokerage firms in Texas. I work in general brokerage with leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

What made you interested in joining TAG?:
I believe everyones life is affected with some sort of brain diagnosis, whether a friend or family, and I was not the exception. I was introduced to TAG by another member and fell in love with the cause in addition to meeting people since I was new to town.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I enjoy taking my dog to local dog parks, but also exploring the new restaurants and bars of DFW.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
I encourage anyone to be more involved with groups that have a great cause and get people out of their shells to meet new people and expand their network. The TAG group is a great collection of people who all feel the same way about the cause, and have fun doing it at the same time. Anyone thinking about joining should be excited about the future work of TAG and the Center for BrainHealth with the expansion of their new building.