Casey Gerald
Co-Founder & CEO, MBAs Across America
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Casey is the co-founder and CEO of MBAs Across America, a national movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to revitalize America. He began his career in economic policy and government innovation at the Center for American Progress, and has worked as a strategist with startup social ventures, including Reboot and The Future Project, as well as companies like The Neiman Marcus Group.

A native Texan, Casey received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Political Science from Yale College, where he was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. He has been featured on MSNBC, in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, and other media outlets.

Casey gave the commencement speech at the 2014 Harvard Business School graduation. The speech has gone viral and since then, he has been featured on the cover of Fast Company, which also named him one of the “Most Creative People in Business.” Casey serves on the advisory boards of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project and NPR’s Generation Listen, and has emerged as a voice of the millennial generation for business, entrepreneurship, and finding your purpose. Casey has most recently spoken at TED2016 and SXSW Interactive.

Speech Topics

  • Purpose Is the New Bottom Line
    After graduating from Harvard Business school, Casey Gerald and his friends wondered what would happen if, instead of “marching off in pinstripe suits to slave away in a cubicle,” they set out to the heart of America to put their MBAs to work helping entrepreneurs. The result is MBAs Across America, whose message is simple but vital: There’s a new way of changing the world, and each of us has a part to play. In this talk, Gerald shares his story and gives us the three aspects of this “New Playbook of Change.”
  • A New Playbook for Change: How Purpose-Driven Business Can Help Reinvent America
  • The Case for Optimism: A Journey from Inner-City Dallas to Harvard Graduation
  • Make a Life, Not Just a Living: Overcome Fear, Harness Failure, and Tap into our True Mission to Solve the Big Problems of our Time
  • A Real Education: What 8,000 Miles Through the Heart of America Taught Me that Harvard Never Could
Official Site: MBAs Across America
Article: A New Field Manual for Business
Video: Class Day 2014
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