December Lunch: BrainHealth with Dr. Sandi Chapman & Eric Bennett

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If your New Year resolutions including improving your brain, our December lunch is for you.  We will hear from Dr. Sandi Chapman, the founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Eric Bennett, the Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute.  They will share their insights, unravel secrets of the mind, and, if we are lucky, tell us a thing or two we all should be doing to improve brain health in the coming years.  Also, in celebration of the holidays, we will enjoy the Sky Lobby as our venue.

Dr. Sandi Chapman

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair and author of Make Your Brain Smarter, is committed to maximizing cognitive potential across the entire lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and more than 150 publications, Dr. Chapman's scientific study elucidates and applies novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development, and incite innovation throughout Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and around the world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and its health. On the frontier of brain research, her scientific study melds interdisciplinary expertise to better understand how to evaluate and achieve optimal brain performance through preserving frontal lobe function, the area of the brain responsible for reasoning, planning, decision-making and judgment. Dr. Chapman coined the term "brainomics" to define the high economic cost of poor brain performance, and she sees the brain as the most significant path to raise the standard of living globally. Dr. Chapman is actively studying and discovering informative pathways to improve brain function and cognitive performance in health, injury and disease; identifying novel non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and testing the effect of brain training to exploit brain potential.

A renowned cognitive neuroscience expert, she is discovering ways to build resilience, regain cognitive function and retrain the brain to maximize the immense potential of our most vital organ. Dedicated to improving lives today and changing how the public thinks and acts about the brain and its health, Dr. Chapman is committed to promoting brain health fitness, developing futuristic thinkers, and helping individuals, young or old, think With federal, state and private philanthropic support, she is pushing the limits of cognitive capacity in healthy adults of all ages – young adults, Boomers, Traditionalists and teens, business executives, educators, veterans, athletes who have experienced concussions, those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder and many others. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post,, Psychology Today and has been featured as an expert for national and international publications and media outlets including USA Today,, Fox News, Reuters, Neurology Now, 60 Minutes Sports, The Dallas Morning News, and many others.

Eric Bennett    

After 10 years as an active volunteer for the Center for BrainHealth, Eric Bennett was tapped to become the full-time Executive Director for the Brain Performance Institute at Center for BrainHealth. Drawn by the Institute’s mission to empower individuals of all ages to maximize brain performance, he brings a passion for helping others as well as a background as an entrepreneur and leader.

Prior to joining the Brain Performance Institute, he co-founded Tolleson Wealth Management, one of the most prominent financial services firms in Texas. Eric was at Tolleson for 15 years and was Chairman and CEO of Tolleson Private Wealth Management. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Tolleson Private Bank and Tolleson Wealth Management. He also is on the firm’s Investment Committee and serves as a Special Eric has over 25 years in the financial services industry, focusing on providing objective investment, tax, estate and financial planning advice to wealthy families. Prior to Tolleson Wealth Management, he began his career with Coopers and Lybrand after earning a Bachelors Degree in Finance with honors from the University of Missouri. He later joined Ernst & Young, where he served as Senior Manager of the Personal Finance Planning Group and led the firm's Southwest Area Investment Advisory Services team.

Eric is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Personal Financial Specialist. In the community, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Planned Giving Councils for Children's Medical Center and Communities Foundation of Texas. Eric serves on the investment committee for the Baylor University Endowment. He also is a member of Young Presidents Association (YPO). He formerly served on the investment committees for The Dallas Symphony Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas.