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Friday, November 9, 2012

Joyce Bender welcomes Phil Gattone

Joyce welcomes Phil Gattone, the new CEO of the national Epilepsy Foundation.  As November is National Epilepsy Month, Mr. Gattone will discuss the foundation’s efforts to promote public awareness of the condition and end the stigma that is often associated with it.

Bio of Phil Gattone:
  • Prior to becoming president and CEO of the national Epilepsy Foundation, Mr. Gattone was president and CEO  of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago..
  • Has a long history with the epilepsy community that began when his son was diagnosed at the age of 4.
·         Has educated thousands of people across the country about epilepsy and its impact on families. He also has developed curriculum for educators on strategies for building self-esteem and academic achievement in students with epilepsy, as well as a curriculum for students to become better-educated about seizures and epilepsy first aid.

·         Received his bachelor's degree in marketing in 1981 from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and his master's degree in education in 2000 from National Louis University in Chicago.

Joyce A. Bender Career Highlights:
  • President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and Bender Consulting Services of Canada
  • A woman living with epilepsy and a hearing loss
  • Advocate for competitive employment for people with disabilities
·         Chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Immediate Past Chair of the national Epilepsy Foundation
  • Recipient of the 1999 President’s Award from President Clinton
  • Recipient of the 2003 New Freedom Initiative Award from the Bush Administration
Upcoming guest:
November 13, 2012
Joyce welcomes Warren Lammert, co-founder and chairman of the Epilepsy Therapy Project (EPT).  EPT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures, and the parent organization of epilepsy.com.  Among the topics discussed will be its second annual “Shark Tank” Competition. ETP is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care. The winner of the 2013 Shark Tank Competition will receive national recognition and a $100,000 cash award to support the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology or therapeutic concept.

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