The Aspen Institute's Finance Leaders Fellowship seeks to develop a community of high-integrity leaders in the global finance industry. This two-year program is modeled on the Henry Crown Fellowship which was established in 1996. Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, and building upon the Institute's commitment to values-based, action-oriented leadership, the program will spur selected Finance Fellows to consider values and perspectives necessary for effective, enlightened leadership in finance—and in society at-large.

The key objectives of the Fellowship are to:
  • Convene accomplished leaders in finance who will advance the industry to serve "at its very best" as Fellows.
  • Engage Fellows in a thought-provoking journey of personal exploration—to stretch themselves further.
  • Encourage Fellows to reflect on the historical importance of finance in well-functioning societies and current challenges in the sector—and commit themselves to playing an active role in shaping its future.

Finance Leaders Fellowship News

  • Announcing The 2017 Class Of The Finance Leaders Fellowship
    These 22 Fellows are highly successful leaders who are ready to leverage their success and existing platforms to broaden their impact. They represent various sectors within finance including asset management, banking, family offices, pensions, endowments, regulation, debt and equity investing, and operational finance, among others. Their ... more
  • Grappling With Tough Questions: Are You Willing To Pay The High Cost Of Integrity?
    By Jennifer Simpson, Managing Director of the Finance Leaders Fellowship.  This post originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of the  CFA Institute Magazine . Have you ever put extra energy into preparing for a big race, a big performance, or some other once-in-a-lifetime goal, only to be delayed by having to help others along? At work, have you ever ... more
  • "Where Are The Leaders? "
    Finance Leaders Fellowship featured in March CFA Institute Magazine.  FLF Fellows Kim Sargent, ‘Tokunboh Ishmael, and Marang Denalane share their reflections on the program so far and the problems they want to tackle.   more

The Fellowship

Fellows must be nominated by a third party and selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in the program. Each class will consist of 22 Fellows who will participate in four seminars of 5-7 days each under the guidance of the skilled moderators of the Institute. Fellows must commit to attending all 4 seminars in their entirety, for a total of approximately 26 days of seminar meetings. They also must commit to designing and launching a required leadership venture of their own design to advance the role of finance in society. The Fellows' participation will be without cost to them or their organizations, with the exception of their travel costs and any incidental expenses they incur. Limited financial assistance may be provided for travel on a case by case basis.

Becoming a Fellow

Nomination Information

Ideal candidates are senior or executive business leaders in the broad finance ecosystem, from savers and users, to intermediates and stewards of capital. Learn more about becoming a candidate. 
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Are you a nominator or candidate with questions about the process? Read our FAQs. 
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Fellows in Program

About the Finance Leaders Fellowship

The Finance Leaders Fellowship was made possible by the lead underwriting support of the CFA Institute and Christopher Varelas, and major support from David McCormick, Ranji Nagaswami and Bo Hopkins, Lisa Shalett, and the Pactolus Family Foundation.

CFA Institute

Conceived by Henry Crown Fellow Ranji Nagaswami, the program was initially developed in concept by the Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program and is a Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Jennifer Simpson, Managing Director
Jennifer Simpson is the managing director of the Finance Leaders Fellowship. She has worked in the finance field most of her career, including private equity and debt investing at The Gladstone Companies, leadership roles in leveraged lending and credit at National City Bank and debt arrangement at Morgenthaler Partners. Jennifer began her career as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army’s Medical Service Corp and earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, financing it with a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. Her MBA is from Case Western Reserve University.

Tayo Fatokimi, Program Coordinator
Tayo Fatokimi is the program coordinator for the Finance Leaders Fellowship. Tayo began her career with J.P. Morgan in systems project management, servicing their corporate investment bank. She then traveled through 11 countries across Central America, Southern Asia, and Southern Africa with Adventures in Missions supporting various non-profit organizations. At Adventures she developed a new program designed to provide quality training for participants in specialized fields and served as international finance coordinator prior to that. Tayo holds a bachelor’s degree in both accounting and information systems from the University of Maryland, College Park.

For more information about the Fellowship, contact Tayo Fatokimi