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Alumnus to Give Keynote Address at Commencement

Head of School Bill Philip has announced that Jeff Artis ’72 will be the keynote speaker at this year’s May 16 commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021.
Jeff arrived at Westminster in the fall of 1968 as a Third Former from Harlem, N.Y., upon the recommendation of Edouard Plummer at A Better Chance’s Wadleigh Scholars Program. Although he died in 2018, Plummer would be very proud of his young scholar, who upon graduating from Westminster matriculated to Williams College where he earned a B.A. in English literature and psychology.
Jeff then went on to become an accomplished business development executive passionate about improving economic opportunities for individuals to achieve sustained economic mobility. He has more than 40 years of experience leading workforce development solutions for Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies and leading sales for industry leaders like Agile-1, BMC and IBM.
Jeff spent seven years at the helm of corporate engagement for nonprofit Year Up, where he served as the architect of its enterprise growth strategy. He led a team of more than 100 employees in placing 3,700 young adults into internships with top employers each year.
Currently, Jeff is the CEO of Genesys Works, a national workforce development program that connects high school students from underserved communities to paid internships with major companies. He is responsible for leading the organization through its next phase of growth, including expanding its geographical footprint and skilled development curriculums, and strengthening its position as a strategic talent pipeline for corporate America’s diverse, professional talent needs.
Throughout, Jeff has sustained a lifelong commitment to expanding opportunities for youth that not only prepare them to enter corporate America, but also offer the knowledge, support and resources needed to thrive there. He is a former board member of the Indianapolis Urban League and resides with his family in Atlanta, Ga.
More details about plans for commencement will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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