Gerard is inspired by a sense of possibilities and the potential of bringing inner aspects of our humanity to the foreground in education. After graduating from Amherst College, he taught science and art. He saw science as a way to “teach” curiosity and art as a way to spark creativity. With a firm belief that education could do more to better prepare students for life and support the development of their humanity, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts. Not finding many outlets to pursue his interest, he went on a quest to find answers to big life questions for himself. While on this path, Gerard also developed a career as a mentalist, very quickly reaching the top of his field, and earning the admiration of world leaders, celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and national and international media. Through his performances, he incorporates his passion for mystery and inspires his audiences to ask big questions about life and reality. Simultaneously, he continued to pursue his vision for expanding the role of education, and in 2013 he founded the nonprofit Open Future Institute with his wife, Francesca. They worked closely with educators and students to co-create a structure and an engaging curriculum that would support students with the human and life questions that are at the foundation of building a life of purpose.