Ben Carson to address A.T.B.I. breakfast

by Josh Sosland
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WASHINGTON — Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, will address the annual meeting of the American Bakers Association March 30 as the keynote speaker at the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry breakfast. The annual meeting will be held March 29-April 1 at the Ritz Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Carson, whose name has appeared repeatedly in the media in recent months as a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will offer his views of keys to success built around discipline and good character.

“We are honored to have Dr. Carson join us for this important dialogue,” said Robb MacKie, president and chief executive officer of the A.B.A. “His work, both in the medical field and with the Carson Scholars Fund, is an example to us all of the power of leadership. I believe our attendees will find his story truly inspiring.”

Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years. He holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally hundreds of awards and citations. In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and Time magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.

In 2006, Dr. Carson was the recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is the author of several books. The most recent, “One Nation,” was published in 2014.

In his presentation, Dr. Carson will share the philosophy he says helped him meet and overcome life’s obstacles. He will illustrate the importance of risk taking in a position of leadership, drawing upon his experience as the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at an internationally renowned medical center where he encountered many challenging and risky cases every week.
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