Christopher Gergen Founding Partner, Forward Cities

Christopher Gergen is 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.  Christopher is also 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 co-founded Forward Cities – a national learning collaborative between cities focused on building more inclusive innovation economies and helped launch InnovateNC – a similar multi-city learning collaborative in North Carolina. 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.   He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, NC.