Aug 8

Carleton Virtual Breakfast Club with Conor Gormally '20

Thu, August 8, 2024 • 9:00am - 10:00am (1h) • virtual

Carleton Virtual Breakfast Club

From Concussed Student to Advocate and Educator: Carleton's Influence on Concussion Alliance
with Conor Gormally '20

Thursday, August 8, 2024
9 a.m. Central Time
via Zoom

Conor Gormally’s ‘20 Carleton experience and career trajectory were altered before they’d even set foot in a classroom. Conor suffered a fourth concussion during New Student Week, two days after arriving on campus. After one week of struggling through classes with intense fatigue and a constant headache that hadn’t improved, Conor took medical leave for the fall term after being on campus for barely two weeks. Despite working with sports concussion specialists and a neurologist once at home, Conor didn’t get answers or proper referrals from healthcare providers when their concussion symptoms persisted—beginning a family journey to find answers that would lead Conor and their mother, Malayka, to found Concussion Alliance, a concussion education and advocacy nonprofit.

Concussion Alliance now hosts the most comprehensive collection of evidence-based concussion resources for patients and their advocates in the world through its website and newsletter. These resources are built with the help of undergraduate interns from around North America through a unique remote internship program that began as Carleton’s first-ever remote externship.

Conor will discuss how their search for answers led to their discovery of a hidden epidemic, what we know (and still don’t know) about mild traumatic brain injuries, and how working with Carleton’s externship program and Career Center laid the groundwork for Concussion Alliance’s growth.

Conor Gormally ‘20 is the CEO and Co-Founder of Concussion Alliance. As a patient advocate, Conor has spent the last six years working with leading researchers and clinicians to create tools that improve outcomes for concussion patients in the U.S., Canada, and beyond through accessible education, awareness, and advocacy. Conor has presented on the impact of Concussion Alliance resources and programming at regional, national, and international conferences on traumatic brain injury. Born and raised in Seattle, Conor moved to Chicago in 2021 after graduating with a degree in Economics.

Register by Wednesday, August 7 to participate in this Zoom event.

Cost: None.

Unable to join our live event? No problem — we will post a recording of the event on ourAlumni Events Recordings page.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations via email or 800-729-2586. To join the Carleton Breakfast Club email list, email and indicate you would like to be added to the Carleton Breakfast club email list.


Event Contact: Krista Herbstrith

Event Summary

Carleton Virtual Breakfast Club with Conor Gormally '20
  • Intended For: General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alums, Prospective Students, Families
  • Categories: Diversity, Lecture/Panel

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