Christopher Gergen

Speaker Bio

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Christopher Gergen
CEO/Forward Cities

Christopher Gergen is the CEO and co-founder of Forward Cities – a national learning collaborative of 33 cities focused on building more inclusive innovation economies that also helped launch InnovateNC – a similar multi-city learning collaborative in North Carolina.

He is also a founding partner of HQ Community, the largest entrepreneurial co-working community in North Carolina including HQ Raleigh, HQ Greensboro, HQ Charlotte, Think House and Duke TeachHouse as well as the founder of Forward Communities, a non-profit that has launched community-based efforts to develop and scale high-impact social entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, and Moore Forward in Moore County, NC. 

Additionally, Christopher is a fellow and faculty member with Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative, co-author of the nationally acclaimed book Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives, an alum of Leadership North Carolina (class 24) and a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. 

Other entrepreneurial endeavors for Christopher include co-founding SMARTHINKING, a venture-backed on-line tutoring company that grew to over 1,000 universities before being acquired by Pearson in 2011, and Café Nunoa – a bar, restaurant, live music venue in Santiago, Chile that Christopher started when he was 24.   

He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, NC.