Derrick Duplessy’s working purpose has been to develop leaders. His experience with working in organizations such as GEAR UP, Upward Bound, and Urban Scholars at UMass Boston served as his training ground in youth leadership development. Inspired by his work with youth, Derrick went on to study leadership as part of the prestigious Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. He graduated from Bowdoin College with an A.B. in Sociology and Africana Studies in 2003. As an executive recruiter, he has developed and coached executives in financial services, technology, non-profit, and higher education.
Derrick has established a track record of creating and taking on leadership opportunities. From 2003-2008, he was the founding chair of the Summer Search Boston Alumni Board with 12 members that now represent over 700 alumni. In 2004, he established the Urban Scholars Alumni Endowment fund, the first in the then 20 year history of the program. In 2005, he joined the Summer Search Boston Board where he helps drive the organization’s strategic planning and alumni programming.
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