Meet the Summer 2022 Graduation Speakers

Gia Guzman

Year Up Intern at Wayfair
Graduate Host

I joined Year Up to keep learning and developing my skills when finishing college in the pandemic felt like an impossible endeavor. Since being here, my confidence in my abilities to pick up new skills, adapt, network, and contribute positively to a team effort has grown immensely. I’m confident not only that I can (and will) complete my bachelor’s degree, but that I can (and will) work as a full-time professional to support myself while I do it.  



Marhama Ghari

Year Up Intern at Harvard University
Graduate Keynote

I joined Year Up to find the right path for my professional career, Year Up helped me succeed in many ways like my professional growth, networking and learning more about important life skills. Year Up core values guided me to reach my best potential, I have grown so much during my time at Year Up. I feel more confident about my work and taking the responsibilities like a leader at work. During my Year Up journey, I had the opportunity to engage with people from different backgrounds and different countries and it amazes me how diverse our Year Up community is and how others appreciate your own identity.   



Matt Gellene

Managing Director at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Keynote Speaker

Matt Gellene is the Head of Consumer Client Management, where he leads Consumer Investments teams in financial centers, centralized locations and Merrill offices that deliver a culture of client care and provide clients with access to Bank of America banking and Merrill investment solutions. He also leads the Consumer Banking and Investments National Performance team, where he is responsible for developing and executing a consistent sales and client experience strategy to drive client satisfaction, acquisition and retention.  

Matt joined Bank of America in a wealth management role in 1991. He holds a master’s degree of business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children.  

He currently serves on the advisory board of Year Up and has served as a director on the boards of The Walker School and the Catholic Memorial High School Parents Association. He is also the executive sponsor of the Black Professional Group – Boston and the Bank of America Military Support & Assistance Group – Massachusetts / New Hampshire employee networks. He is active in coaching several youth sports teams and volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts of America. 


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