CWRU Entrepreneurship Speaker Series | Connor Diemand-Yauman, Co-CEO, Merit America

CWRU Entrepreneurship Speaker Series | Connor Diemand-Yauman, Co-CEO, Merit America

by Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship

Lecture Entrepreneurship Student Life Digital Event

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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Join us on June 8 at 1:00 pm via Zoom as part of the Case Western Reserve University Entrepreneurship Series for a Roundtable Discussion with Connor Diemand-Yauman, Co-CEO, Merit America. He will discuss his career journey's intersection between business and education, his experience in non-profit entrepreneurship, and how the COVID-19 crisis impacts adult education and online learning.

Diemand-Yauman has a history of experience in developing virtual education programs. In 2016, he co-founded Philanthropy University, the largest online trainer of social impact organizations worldwide, and served as its CEO for four years. He is also a founding member of the Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development, a network focused on reimagining how businesses and society approach adult learning and growth, at McKinsey & Company. Today, Diemand-Yauman is the co-CEO of Merit America, a non-profit that prepares low-wage workers without bachelor's degrees for skilled careers at scale. 

This conversation will be facilitated by Case Western Reserve University student Yvonne Pan ('21), who is pursuing her BS in Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies.

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We will also be broadcasting this roundtable and future roundtables to Facebook Live on CWRU Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship's Facebook page on June 8th starting at 1 pm. 

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Merit America

Connor is Co-CEO of Merit America, a nonprofit preparing low-wage workers for skilled careers at scale, with a goal of driving $1 Billion in wage gains in the next five years.

Prior to Merit America, Connor cofounded and led Philanthropy U, the world's largest trainer of working adults in the social sector, and led Coursera's strategy and business line focused on partnering with employers as hiring partners, content producers, and B2B customers. Before Coursera, he founded "Speak Smart News," an educational program distributed to 10M east asian learners (, and taught primary school in South Africa, South Korea, and Kenya.

Connor is a lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a course on using humor in business.

His academic research on improving learning outcomes has been cited in over 250 academic articles and covered by The Economist, BBC International, and the NY Times ( He is the recipient of the Pyne Prize, Princeton University's highest distinction (, and was named to Forbes' 30 under 30. In 2018, Connor was recognized as an education and sustainable development expert by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and currently serves on their Expert Network coalition. He is a founding member of McKinsey's Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development (CAALD), a member of the Human Right's Watch San Francisco committee, and a featured contributor on the Huffington Post.

Connor is the founder of Own What You Think, a national campaign focused on bringing accountability into the way we interact and behave online (, and received his yoga teaching certification from Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nashik, India. Connor was a contestant on season 17 of CBS' The Amazing Race and season 4 of ABC's American Idol (and lost on both!).

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