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Gerrel Olivier ’10

b.s., finance and economics, honors
investment banking analyst, morgan stanley

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As co-president of the AHANA Management Academy, which helps prepare students for competitive, rewarding careers in business, Gerrel Olivier has shared his passion for management with fellow students who come from communities underrepresented in this professional arena.

“I actually love it,” he says of the management calling. “I like reading the Wall Street Journal. I consider it a hobby of mine.” His enthusiasm for business was sparked by the summers he spent in St. Lucia, helping out in his grandmother’s store on that Caribbean island.

Through the Management Academy, Olivier has helped facilitate mentoring relationships between AHANA students and Boston College alumni who have achieved corporate prominence, a signature offering of the student organization. And, the co-president practices what he preaches: he has explored the business world through internships, arranged with help from AHANA Career Services, at such name-brand financial companies as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Wellington Management.

Olivier is not simply seeking personal success. He says the most important ideal that Jesuit higher education passes on to students is to become, as the saying goes, “men and women for others.”

Among his many service commitments at Boston College, Olivier serves as director of the AHANA Leadership Council Volunteer Corps. During each of his winter breaks at Boston College, the Massachusetts native has journeyed to Gulfport, Mississippi, where he has helped rebuild houses and attend to other needs in a city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In his junior year he led a team of nearly 40 AHANA students to Gulfport.

At the same time, Olivier says, “I put academics before everything.” After his first semester at Boston College, he was accepted into the Carroll School of Management’s Honors Program, which he describes as “rigorous, definitely manageable.” As a junior he was honored with the University’s 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award.

Noting that his grandmother’s store was able to expand into a “mini-Wal-Mart” by virtue of a family loan, Olivier says he wants to pursue a career in micro-financing to help small businesses in the developing world. Some day he’d like to do that work in St. Lucia.