About the Henry Crown Fellowship

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. Each year, a class of 20-22 leaders is chosen to engage in a thought-provoking journey of personal exploration—to move beyond success to a place of growing significance in the world. The Fellowship challenges each individual to learn and to teach, and to stretch themselves further than they ever thought possible. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy.
Each class of Fellows is chosen from a wide pool of accomplished entrepreneurial leaders (between the ages of 30 and 45). These Fellows have already achieved considerable success in the private or public sector and are at an inflection point in their lives or careers—looking toward the broader role they might take on in their communities or globally. The two-year program is comprised of a structured series of four seminars (approximately 24 days in total) under the guidance of skilled senior moderators of the Aspen Institute along with a required leadership Venture of each Fellow’s own design and choosing. Seminars are held at the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado, the Wye River facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and at other locations around the world.

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The two-year program comprises a structured series of four seminars (approximately 24 days in total) under the guidance of skilled senior moderators of the Aspen Institute along with a required leadership project of each Fellow’s own design and choosing. Seminars are held at the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado, the Wye River facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and at other locations around the world.

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Becoming a Henry Crown Fellow

Individuals cannot apply for the Henry Crown Fellowship Program; they must be nominated by recognized leaders of the business and professional communities or by Fellows, Senior Mentors, and members of the Henry Crown Fellowship Board of Overseers or the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees.


Nomination criteria and procedures for becoming a Henry Crown Fellow. Nominations for the 2018 class are closed. 
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The Henry Crown Fellowship Team

Peter Reiling, Executive Director
Peter Reiling is Executive Vice President for Leadership, Executive Director of theHenry Crown Fellowship Program, trustee, officeer and senior moderator at the Aspen Institute where he oversees the Aspen Global Leadership Network and seminars programs. He is also the founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), and co-founder of similar initiatives in Central America (CALI), India (ILI), the Middle East (MELI), and China. Prior to this, Peter was President and CEO of TechnoServe, helping entrepreneurs across Africa, Latin America, India and Central Europe build businesses in their communities. Peter is a graduate of Georgetown University (BSFS) and the University of California/Berkeley (MBA).
Tonya Hinch, Managing Director 
Tonya Hinch joined the Aspen Institute as Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program in the spring of 2014. She relocated from Crossville, TN after selling her family business, Hinch & Associates, a regional insurance agency, for which she served as CEO. Tonya was also the founder of LifePlanning Unlimited, a coaching and seminar business that supports women in areas such as raising their cash and retiring backwards. She received a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. Tonya is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Martha Lange, Program Manager
Martha Lange has worked with the Henry Crown Fellowship, the Aspen Institute's flagship program for developing young leaders, since January 2000. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade in event planning and development, most recently as director of development for the Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara, coordinating annual fund raising and endowment campaigns as well as public events for the hospital. Martha earned a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992. I manage the day-to-day operations of the Henry Crown Fellowship, from budgeting to seminar planning to maintaining relations with over 350 alumni.

Morgan Stumb, Program Assistant 
Morgan Stumb joined the Henry Crown Fellowship Program as Program Assistant in October 2015. For the past five years, she has worked as an environmental consultant and researcher. With a background in natural sciences, she has completed two academic research theses, worked on large scale soil and groundwater remediation projects, helped with environmental litigation cases, and had to opportunity to explore businesses with an impact investment focus. Morgan received a M.S. in Hydrology from Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA where she has a passion for all things outdoors including: running, hiking, and backpacking.

Stacy Zimmerman, Program Associate - Recruitment. Stacy Zimmerman is Program Associate for Recruitment with the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. Prior to this she worked in higher education recruiting for Simmons College Master of Social Work program and formerly in retail banking for six years, focusing on account management for business clients and operational compliance. Stacy graduated from Hollins University with a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. She grew up in Purcellville, VA. has two wonderful cats, loves puzzles, backgammon, reading, restoring furniture, and traveling. She is passionate about arts education, social justice and financial literacy. 

For more information about the Fellowship, contact crown@aspeninstitute.org