George M. Tsiatis

George M. Tsiatis is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Resolution Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds, mentors, and supports young people who want to improve their communities while building careers of impact and leadership. In supporting its Fellows’ leadership and social venture ideas, Resolution has built a community of over 500 young leaders in 80 countries who are solving the most pressing issues facing the world today; through their work, Resolution Fellows have impacted over 2.7MM people. George also founded Group 113, LLC, a brand management business and certified B Corp which serves impact-focused small and mid-size organizations. George previously worked at a major New York City public relations firm. George received his BA from Harvard University in Byzantine Studies and his JD from St. John’s University. He has been published or featured in Forbes, Vice, Huffington Post, and others.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

This year, my work at The Resolution Project has been focused on supporting our Fellows in pivoting to respond to COVID and its impacts in some of the hardest hit communities around the world. In supporting young social entrepreneurs, we are investing in problem-solving leaders who understand the cultural context of the communities they come from and have built infrastructure and systems that they can leverage in times of crisis. We're able to bring our usual bundle of support (funding, mentorship, experts, pro bono service providers, sequenced follow-on opportunities, and community) to bear for them in these times to help them adapt quickly, help their communities weather this devastating pandemic, and help them build better systems for a more resilient future.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

These COVID-response efforts all present opportunities for communities to rebuild with stronger and more just systems, to engage youth as partners in their future AND their present, and to establish the resilience that can carry them through future crises. Our work is designed to offer opportunities for young people to serve their own communities, but is also deigned to serve as a blueprint that communities can adopt for themselves. We're able to show them the value of investing in their young people and their innovation; in supporting more social entrepreneurs across communities, we are supporting the capacity of those communities to address persistent social issues through innovation and problem solving, while leaving the value, the economy, and the agency that it develops in those communities.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

I have a varied background in entrepreneurship, innovation, marketing, communications, and the law. I'm always happy to talk to and brainstorm with people (young or old) trying to help people, I'm always happy to open up my LinkedIn to people with big AND thoughtful ideas, and I'm always happy to share some tried and true mechanisms for getting the word out. There's plenty I don't know, but I've crammed a lot of learning into my professional years through all the mistakes I've made, and I'm all too eager to help others avoid them!