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Gerald Chertavian    

Founder & CEO, Year Up

Gerald Chertavian is the CEO and Founder of Year Up, a non-profit organization that provides intensive professional education to urban young adults. His organization was recently recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations in the nation using business excellence to engineer social change. Prior to starting Year Up, Chertavian co-founded Conduit Communications and served as the head of marketing at Transnational Financial Services in London. He has been an active member of the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985, and was awarded New York’s outstanding member in 1989. He was also awarded the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, Chertavian was born and raised in Lowell, MA.

Speech Topics



Cultural diversity in the workplace

Social entrepreneurship

Starting and scaling a nonprofit

Social change

Career development


Wheelock Recognizes Year Up and Founder Gerald Chertavian for ...

Year Up and its founder, Gerald Chertavian, will be presented with the 2013 Passion for Action Leadership Award to honor their work in closing the Opportunity ...

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