Steve Mariotti, best-selling author and the founder of the global nonprofit Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) was chosen as the Global Social Entrepreneur of the Decade in Education by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). This esteemed award honors his tremendous dedication and contribution to the field of education.
Inclusion in the International Association of Top Professionals is a distinguished honor in itself: only one male and one female professional from the education industry are selected for this distinction. As a member, Mr. Mariotti has demonstrated excellence in the field for over 30 years. He was honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas for his selection as Top Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. IAOTP is incredibly proud to highlight Mr. Mariotti’s success. In December of this year, he will accept this award along with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on stage at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Before embarking on his current professional path, Mr. Mariotti earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In 1990, Mr. Mariotti was granted an honorary Ph.D. in Business and Entrepreneurship by Johnson & Wales University.
Mr. Mariotti’s career has touched nearly every aspect of business. He has brought entrepreneurship and business ownership to millions through both his nonprofit NFTE and the millions of copies of his books that have been sold. He started as the youngest senior analyst in Ford’s Motor Company’s history before leading a team in Ford’s International Finance Department that developed systems still in place today to lower the company's borrowing costs and save over $2 million dollars a year. Mr. Mariotti also helped draft portions of Ford’s initial policy against apartheid in 1979 with legendary civil rights leader and social activist Leon Sullivan. Mr. Mariotti then left Ford Motor Company to start his business Mason Import/Export Services in New York City. Mr. Mariotti was called to teach and work with urban youth and sold the business to become a special education teacher in some of the toughest NYC neighborhoods including Bedford Stuyvesant, South Bronx and Lower East Side.
In 1987, in a South Bronx classroom dedicated to high school students who had dropped out of school, Mr. Mariotti launched the South Bronx Entrepreneurial Education Project. Inc. which soon became the national Foundation for Teaching entrepreneurship, a charity commonly known as NFTE and pronounced (Nifty). NFTE’s mission is to teach low income youth the basic principles of entrepreneurship and wealth creation so they can find their pathway to success. NFTE has served more than 1,000,000 youth globally with entrepreneurship education and uses Mr. Mariotti’s textbooks and curriculum in 22 states and 12 countries. Mr. Mariotti’s curriculum has been used to train more than 12,000 teachers worldwide all over the world.
After teaching math and entrepreneurship at Rikers Island, NYC’s main jailing facility and one of the largest jails in America, Mr. Mariotti and Mr. Joseph Robinson co-founded Inmates Teaching Entrepreneurship and Mentorship (ITEM) in 1995. ITEM is a prison-based program that teaches inmates how to share the basics of business ownership with their children and with fellow incarcerated men. This program soon spread to other prisons and has become a national model.
In addition to his thriving career, Mr. Mariotti is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has published numerous articles and has co-authored or authored 43 books and manuals. He has served as a motivational coach to empower entrepreneurs worldwide and has spoken as an entrepreneurship expert at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Brown, Berkeley, Georgetown, Baylor and Babson College. Mr. Mariotti has also traveled as a US State Department guest to Southeast Asia to share his entrepreneurial education to emerging economies.
Over the course of his renowned career, Mr. Mariotti has received many awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. This year Mr. Mariotti will be interviewed for an exclusive interview on TIP Radio and he also graced the Front Cover in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. As a member of IAOTP, Mr. Mariotti has been chosen for numerous awards and accolades. In 2020 he was selected for IAOTP’s Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to being selected as Top Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2019, he was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square and was honored at the Bellagio Hotel for his selection as Top Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals. He has also received the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the United States Department of Commerce, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the ACE/Currie Foundation’s Humanitarian Venture Award, the Salvatori Award and the Society of Entrepreneurial Educators (SEE) first award for Outstanding Educator. Mr. Mariotti has been selected to be featured in multiple volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, and Who’s Who in the World.
Looking back, Mr. Mariotti attributes his success to his education, mentors he had along the way and his passion for helping people. He says his work is very gratifying and hopes that others will consider a teaching career in low income communities. When not working, he enjoys chess, hiking, collecting rare books and attending seminars at the Institute for Advanced Studies in his hometown of Princeton, NJ. For the future, he hopes to continue making a difference in people’s lives any way that he can.
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