Karen Pinson, Chief Operating Officer and the only female executive in the USA Memory Championship organization, is encouraged by the interest shown in memory skills by women in this year’s 20th anniversary event held for the first time at MIT

Orlando, Florida: The USA Memory Championship is celebrating its 20th anniversary by announcing a new partnership with MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research. This year’s USA Memory Championship finals will be held on July 14, 2018, at 1 pm at the Kresge Auditorium, MIT. Tony Dottino, the founder, has entered into a rare collaboration with MIT to create a first of its kind memory program. The exciting program is managed by Karen Pinson, Chief Operating Officer of the USA Memory Championship who was part of the team that together with the MIT neuroscientists put together the final event and conference.

“What’s exciting about this anniversary event,” says Karen Pinson, “is that not only are we celebrating our 20th anniversary and crowning a new USA Memory Champion, but we are showing that women are important players in the field of memory.” We have four young women finalists competing for the championship and first prize of $2,000 donated by former memory champion Chester Santos. We also have E. M. Kaye, a woman and the oldest person ever to compete in the USA Memory Championship. “This is especially encouraging,” continued Pinson,” because women are at greater risk for memory loss, premature brain aging, and Alzheimer’s and this sets a wonderful example to women of all ages that you are never too young or too old to optimize your memory!”

About the Event: USA Memory Championship and MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research are joining forces for the first time to present both the final competition for the 2018 USA Memory Champion and a conference of top neuroscientists and mental athletes on July 14, 2018, at 1 pm EST at the Kresge Auditorium, MIT.

About the USA Memory Championship: The USA Memory Championship is a tournament of memory challenges, founded by Tony Dottino. The USAMC has been televised by HDTV and the Discovery Network. It has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

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