A graduate of Harvard Business School, Gerald Chertavian co-founded tech company Conduit Communications in the mid-90s, grew it to produce more than $20M annually, then sold it during the dot-com boom of 1999. Following the sale, Gerald turned his full attention toward closing the opportunity divide in America. In 2000, Year Up was born.
Year Up has become one of the nation’s largest youth workforce development programs. The Monitor Group recognized Year Up as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change and the Non-Profit Times has consistently recognized it as one of the nation’s top 50 non-profits to work for.
Gerald has been committed to working with under-served young adults for more than three decades. He has lived out his passion for supporting under-served young adults by participating in the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985 and is recognized as one of New York’s outstanding Big Brothers.
Chertavian received 2008 and 2013 gubernatorial appointments to serve on the Massachusetts State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees, respectively. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, is an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College and the Boston Foundation, and is a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. Gerald’s 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times bestseller.
Converge22 was a premier event for CIOs across the country to 'converge' and share ideas, build relationships and gain knowledge to empower them in their roles.
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Probably one of the best CIO oriented conferences I've attended. Good combination of networking, learning, and motivational.
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Outstanding gathering of best of the best global business and technology leaders. A forum to connect, share best practices, and celebrate with the best CIO's in the world.
Phenomenal planning, preparation, arrangement and execution. This mirrored 'Hollywood Oscars'.
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The best and most collaborative event for technology business leaders that you'll attend this year.
Expect the unexpected. Expect to be delighted. Be ready to pause, think deeply about something you just heard, and to take action.
Valuable content and relationship building with numerous moments of surprise and delight.
Great networking event and one of the best collection of conversations about the challenges facing CIOs now and in the future.