All participants build personalized Action Forum experiences tailored to their interests. Explore Plenaries, Impact Breakouts, Leadership Labs, and more below.
Impact Breakouts and Leadership Labs are taking a new "vote with your feet" approach. You’ll be able to decide what to attend once you're on campus. To help our team prepare for these sessions and to offer enough space, please indicate your interest. Your selections are non-binding and do not register you for these sessions.
All Plenaries Take Place in Greenwald Pavilion
Opening Plenary | Making Sense: What Have We Learned?
To open the 10th annual Resnick Aspen Action Forum, we will explore the experiences - both difficult and joyful - of our community from the last two years. How do we think about our personal journeys in the context of the collective experiences we’ve lived through? What have we learned about our ability to adapt? What have we learned about the human spirit? And as we strive to emerge, how do our values show up to guide us?
Plenary | Courage in Action: the John P. McNulty Prize
Join the McNulty Foundation in celebrating the three winners of the 2022 John P. McNulty Prize, which celebrates breakthrough leaders who have turned their talents and resources towards dismantling our toughest problems.
Plenary | Emerging into What?
The foundations on which our societies, economies, and livelihoods have been called into question. Global disruptions have created a collective inflection point that presents both opportunity and peril. How do we make sense of our new contexts? How can we imagine new systems and opportunities that create more equitable outcomes?
Plenary | Emerging into What? The Future of Gender Justice & Women's Rights
Around the world, women are fighting for the same things: the right for autonomy, dignity, and authorship over their own lives and livelihoods. In the United States, we are seeing the emergence of a new context for women’s rights that will have ripple effects on all other parts of society, and as we widen our aperture, we see themes in the global struggle for gender justice repeat again and again. In this plenary, we will explore the current context in the fight for women's rights and how freedom for those on the margins makes us all free.
Plenary | Emerging Approaches: What’s Working? What Can We Learn?
Despite the uncertainties, there are leaders who have taken the challenges and opportunities of the last two years and channeled them towards advancing solutions that create more just and equitable outcomes. Key to this is that they don’t do it alone. In this plenary, we will explore emerging solutions that are addressing our biggest challenges. We will put a special focus on the importance of community and explore the idea of “allyship”. What happens when we move together? What can we learn when we work side-by-side with those with whom we may not completely agree, but whose values align with ours?
Closing Plenary | Emergence: Into the Future of Our Making
We close out the Action Forum by considering “the future of our making.” What are possible outcomes for our shared destiny? How do our leadership and actions now play a role in shaping the future we all share? We will hear from those who are boldly exercising their leadership to bring about change and our rising youth leaders on their worries and hopes for the future they challenge all of us to make.
Friday, July 29, 2:30 - 4:30PM | Various Locations | View Options Below
We are striving to emerge from the massive disruption and uncertainty of the last two years. A changed world awaits us: one full of new and historic systemic failures, a deepened divide of haves and have-nots, and a planet in crisis. It is also a world full of promise, where people are taking actions to create more just, equitable, and inclusive communities for everyone.
How do we make meaning of this moment together? What have we learned? What are promising examples of actions people can take to support impact and drive outcomes that are more just, more equitable, and more inclusive of others? What might happen if we - as a global collective of leaders - intentionally move together?
As we move from crisis to opportunities, connect and learn from participants doing the work, while deepening your knowledge and finding your pathway to become an ally, get involved with existing efforts, or consider launching your own effort during Impact Breakouts.
This 2-hour session and will feature:
- 3-4 Opening Speakers who will quickly share a range of views and experiences;
- A moderated discussion for the full group to participate in;
- Small group breakouts around specific efforts, opportunities, and new ideas shared by participants
Select from One of Eight Topics:
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Better Prepare People for Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World | Koch Building, Lauder Room
Olusoji Apampa, Co-Founder, The Convention on Business Integrity
Olusoji Apampa is an International Corporate & Political Governance Expert and Co-Founded The Integrity Organisation (Ltd.) (Gte.) in 1999 and The Convention on Business Integrity Ltd. (Gte.), a project launched in Lagos in 1997 to promote ethical business practices, transparency, and fair competition in both the private and the public sectors. He sold systems to support transparency and accountability between 1999 and 2007 when he worked for SAP Africa, his final role (2004-2007) being that of MD for Nigeria and Regional Director for West Africa. Over the last 10 years, Soji has been a consultant to various governance, private sector and social development projects in Nigeria
Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa - Class III
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David Langstaff, Executive Vice President, Leadership Division, Aspen Institute
David Langstaff serves as Executive Vice President for the Leadership Division of the Aspen Institute. The Leadership Division houses the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Executive Leadership and Justice & Society Seminars, the Office of Curriculum and Moderators, and Weave: The Social Fabric Project. David has been actively involved with the Aspen Institute for over twenty years as a moderator of values-based leadership seminars and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Business and Society Policy Program.nts cross-sector programs that promote youth and volunteering in 12 countries. In 2012 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.View full bio
Dan Hoffman, CEO, Circles
Henry Crown Fellowship Program - Class XVII
Dan Hoffman started www.circl.es to connect the world deeply so people could learn and grow together. This was his Crown Fellowship project, which he worked on during a two year sabbatical with his family in Barcelona. Previously, Dan started M5 Networks, Inc. a pioneering cloud communications company which he sold to ShoreTel in 2012, a public company who competed with premises-based office phone system technology. Prior to M5, Dan founded Asia Online, a pan-Asian VC-backed roll-up of local Internet Service Providers, based in Hong Kong. Dan currently serves on the Board of Workshop in Business Opportunities, a 50-year non-profit that creates peer learning groups of entrepreneurs in struggling communities. He is a member of YPO, and the Entrepreneurs' Organization, where he founded a Brooklyn chapter.View full bio
Adela Mendoza, Executive Director, Hispanic Alliance of SC
Liberty Fellowship - Class XI
Adela Mendoza is the Executive Director of Hispanic Alliance of South Carolina, a nonprofit leading systemic change and building collective capacity to embrace the emerging Hispanic population as a thriving, productive, and positive contributor to the community at large. Adela is an international professional skilled at building strategic collaborative partnerships, facilitating cross-cultural relationships, and leading diverse teams and coalitions. Before joining the Alliance, Adela worked for SE Consulting, Inc., and was Statewide Program Manager for the South Carolina Immigrant Victim Network, where she helped establish international cooperative relations among foreign consulates and US organizations.View full bio
Adria Goodson, Director, Ford Global Fellowship, The Ford Foundation
Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship - Class XIII
Adria Goodson is the director for the Ford Global Fellowship program, a new program of The Ford Foundation. She is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow with the 13Deep Cohort and was the Chief Program Officer for The Pahara Institute 2015 - 2020. She is a moderator for both the Pahara Institute and The Aspen Institute. Adria has spent over 20 years catalyzing resources to support the learning and development of social justice leaders, national non-profit executives, and education leaders. Prior to her work with Pahara, she was the founding director of Hunt Alternatives' Prime Movers fellowship program, a program that supported social movement leaders in the United States.View full bio
Alexis Ettinger, Chief of Staff and Managing Director, Aspen Institute
Alexis Ettinger joined the AGLN team in a new role designed to foster the success of the leadership ventures of Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows through innovative partnerships, tools, interactions and insights. In addition, she leads action programming at the annual Resnick Aspen Action Forum as well as the Braddock Scholars program, a high-level mentorship program for AGLN Fellows. Alexis has spent her career developing and investing in entrepreneurial approaches to social change, with a strong focus on leveraging networks and cross-sector collaborations.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches for Business Leaders to Meet the Moment by Addressing Pressing Moral Imperatives of Inequities and Injustice | Beottcher Building, Hudson Room
Anousheh Ansari,CEO and President, XPrize
Middle East Leadership Initiative Fellowship - Class II
Anousheh Ansari is a CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the organization’s first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million competition that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Since then, she has served on XPRIZE’s Board of Directors. Prior to being named CEO of XPRIZE, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, and continues to serve as the executive chairwoman. She captured headlines around the world when she embarked upon an 11-day space expedition, accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.View full bio
Greg Gershuny, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program
Greg Gershuny is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP). Greg started at the Institute as the James E. Rogers Energy Fellow and Managing Director for his first two years at Aspen, and in this role since 2018. The Energy and Environment Program, one of the longest running at the Aspen Institute, strives to design and cultivate leadership and develop solutions based on the ideal that both humankind and the natural world have intrinsic value.View full bio
Lindi Angela Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer, GBVF Response Fund1
Africa Leadership Initiative - South Africa - Class VI
Lindi Angela Dlamini is the CEO of GBVF Response Fund1, a fund launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2021 to resource the fight against the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa. She was previously CEO of Safrican Insurance Company, Group Executive of PPS Human Capital, MD of Alexander Forbes Retail and Group Executive for Emerging Consumer Markets and Retail Operations in South Africa at Liberty Holdings. She has over 25 years financial services experience spanning short-term insurance, health insurance and life-insurance, banking and investmentsView full bio
Adam Wasserman, Chair, Knology
Finance Leaders Fellowship - Class II
Adam Wasserman currently the Chair of Knology, an interdisciplinary think tank leveraging social science for the public good in support of environmental, cultural, and systems issues. Adam is also the founder of ESG Encouragement -- a collection of Aspen fellows and other leaders focused on promoting sustainable development inside their organizations and throughout the financial industry more broadly. Adam served for seven years as the Head of Enforcement at NYSE Regulation, the regulatory arm of the New York Stock Exchange, where he led a team of attorneys dedicated to ensuring that its securities markets remain strong, efficient, and fair.View full bio
James Abraham, Founder and Director, Solar Arise
Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship - Class III
James Abraham is the founder and director of SolarArise, which develops, owns and operates solar-power plants in India. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of SunBorne Energy, which focused on engineering solutions to implement solar in India at low cost. James and the team led the development of solar policy in India. James is currently a member of the US-India Track 2 Dialogue on Climate Change, and serves on several boards.View full bio
Joanna Rees, Managing Partner, West Ventures
Henry Crown Fellowship Program - Class VI
Joanna Rees is a Managing Partner at West, a venture studio that specializes in the end-to-end process of designing, building, and launching purpose-driven brands including Twitter, Square, Impossible Foods, Prelude Fertility, Statespace, Honeybook to name a few. She currently serves on the corporate board of FICO (NYSE: FICO), Altro Credit, Inception Fertility and Boon Supply. Joanna was a Senior Advisor of the B Team and she led the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst. Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011. She was the founder of VSP Capital and served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed companies across a broad range of industries.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Deepen our Interconnectedness Across Generations, Cultures, and Regions | The Hub, Rain Location: Walter Isaacson Center, Davis Commons
Jennifer Zhu Scott, Executive Chairman, The Commons Project
China Fellowship Program - Class III
Jennifer Zhu Scott is the Executive Chairman of The Commons Project, a non-profit public trust established to build global digital infrastructure as a public good. She is the founder of Radian Partners, focusing on direct investment in AI and deep tech. Jennifer was among the Forbes World's Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018 and Fortune's Most Influential Business Women in China in 2021. She was a co-chair of the Fortune Global Tech Forum in 2019. Jennifer has a dual fellowship at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) under the Asia-Pacific Programme and the Digital Society InitiativeView full bio
Aura Teleguario Sincal, Acting Representative, UN Women Guatemala
Central America Leadership Initiative - Class VI
Aura Leticia Teleguario is a Mayan Kaqchikel woman working as a program specialist for USAID Guatemala. Letty also serves as the U.S. Ambassador Advisor on Guatemala's indigenous people. In 2009, she obtained her master's degree in business administration from Preston University. She got her bachelor's degree in business administration in 2006 with diplomas in gender, multiculturalism, youth and women's rights from San Carlos University. Letty is a member of Young Americas from the Organization of American States and Young Americas Business Trust Program.View full bio
Madhu Nataraj, Founder/Director, STEM Dance Kampni
Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship - Class VII
Madhu Nataraj dons many hats with grace and dynamism. Often called an intersectionist, she believes in the cross illumination between various fields and thought processes, fueling her vision to inhabit the public domain through the potent medium of Dance. Inclusivity, education, healing, pedagogy, social issues, empowerment, sustainable development and more form a powerful undercurrent in all her interactions. A graduate of Commerce, Journalism and Choreography, she trained in the classical form of Kathak under the tutelage of her mother, the legendary Guru - Dr Maya Rao and with Guru Chitra Venugopal. She studied Contemporary dance in New York and returned to India with a vision to create a unique company –The STEM (Space.Time.Energy.Movement) Dance Kampni- comprising 3 verticals of training, performance and outreach.View full bio
Heather Sonn, Director, Gamiro Investments
Africa Leadership Initiative - South Africa - Class II
Heather Sonn is a leading South African business woman, big-thinker, and change-maker, currently based in Cape Town, SA. Born into a prominent family of public servants and educators who fought tirelessly against the Apartheid regime in the pursuit of equality and justice for all South Africans, her father Franklin Sonn, as an educationist and teachers’ union leader, made a significant contribution to the struggle for liberation in South Africa, and later to South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy. Heather, galvanised by these ethics, and her fire lit in the pursuit of truth, studied journalism as her first interest, and was accepted on a scholarship to a university in the United States, Smith College, where she obtained a BA degree with a major in Political Science.View full bio
Dar Vanderbeck, Vice President, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Aspen Institute
Dar Vanderbeck recently joined the Aspen Institute as Vice President of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Dar's vocational focus is transformation – how we imagine, innovate and create the structures and systems we need to bring about a just and vibrant world for all of us. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Dar served as the first Chief Innovation Officer at CARE USA where she was responsible for driving the transformation and leading the creation of the 75-year-old organization’s global innovation strategy. Previously, she was Managing Director for Teach for America’s Innovation and Values-Based Leadership team, tasked with building TFA alumni cohorts across the country to help drive values-based innovation. Dar is also a founder of several organizations, most recently Canopy Collective, an organization with a mission to end and heal from racialized violence by building a transnational coalition of people advancing truth-telling and reparative justice in their countries.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Nurture Stronger and Healthier Communities Through Greater Trust, Equity, and Well-Being | Buckminster Fuller Dome
Lola Adedokun, Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group
Lola Adedokun is the Executive Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group at the Aspen Institute and co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls. She joined the Aspen Institute in December 2021, where she leads a dynamic team advancing a portfolio of programs that expand opportunities for and access to health and prosperity for people living at the world’s margins globally and domestically. Fostering a collaborative culture and positively reinforcing ecosystem among implementers, policymakers, researchers and local leaders, Lola seeks to nurture and empower local leaders to reduce inequality, strengthen communities and enable individuals and families to lead healthy, vibrant and self-determined lives.View full bio
Tom Fisher, Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Chicago
Health Innovators Fellowship - Class III
Thomas (Tom) Fisher, MD, MPH, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at The University of Chicago. He advises startups, venture capital firms, and government agencies as managing partner of Headwaters Consulting LLC. Tom is a former health insurance executive and the prior president of NextLevel Health, a Medicaid managed care health plan. Responsible for the operation of NextLevel Health, Tom integrated clinical operations, network management, regulatory adherence, and community relations to deliver health outcomes for Cook County’s Medicaid population. Previously, he served as VP of health delivery transformation at Health Care Service Corporation. There he led Affordable Care Act preparation for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Montana. Tom served as a 2010-11 White House Fellow for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.View full bio
Andrea Cooper, Executive Director, Upstate ForeverS
Liberty Fellowship - Class VIII
Andrea Cooper is the executive director of Upstate Forever, a land trust and conservation advocacy organization that serves the northern region of South Carolina. She is a community activist, concentrating in the areas of health and the environment. Andrea serves on the executive board and is a partner in Ziff Properties, Inc., a privately-owned commercial real estate investment company where she previously was director of acquisitions. Andrea served with the United States Agency for International Development in Sierra Leone, West Africa, assisting the Sierra Leonean government with a statistics project intended to decrease the number of soldiers participating in the civil war. She has served on numerous boards and most recently was board chair of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and was also actively involved in developing wellness programs in public and private schools in Charleston.View full bio
Asma Abou Ezzeddine Rasamny, President and Founder, Malaak
Middle East Leadership Initiative - Class V
Asma Abou Ezzeddine Rasamny is the president and founder of Malaak. Malaak is an academic center hosting over 250 students daily with the aim to support refugee students as they integrate into Lebanese public schooling system. The academic center also serves as a safe space that promotes resilience. This center operates in Northern Lebanon. Asma is also the co-founder of “Stitching Hope”, a center closer to the Southern Beirut suburbs. Stitching Hope serves in building practical skill in order to generate an income. This sewing and embroidery project intends to create economic development for destitute women and break the poverty cycle of many of these families.View full bio
Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta, Head of Departments of Psychiatry of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and University of Ghana Medical School
Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa - Class II
Prof. Angela Ofori-Atta the Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ghana. She founded and directs the Psych Corps, a program which delivers psychology first aid alongside community psychiatry nurses. She is an accomplished author of several research articles and a book on Trends in Mental Health Research in Ghana. She researches mental health and faith healing camps and is part of the Escaping Poverty Randomized Control Trial where her cognitive behavioral intervention is being tested against conventional economic programs.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Redefine Care and Well-Being to Better Support People, Families, and Communities | Kresge Building, Hines Room
Esi Ansah, Founding Partner, Axis Human Capital Ltd.
Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa - Class IV
Esi Ansah is the founding partner and CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She serves as the key Corporate Trainer for Axis clients and uses Axis as a platform to provide mentoring and career coaching to students and working professionals as well as retirees. Esi is a certified ICF (International Coaching Federation) Coach and a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner who uses the Insights Discovery (personality profile) system in performance, and leadership coaching.View full bio
Marcelo Valansi, CEO, LaEcoVilla
Central America Leadership Initiative - Class XV
Marcelo Valansi is an innovative entrepreneur who is dedicated to the design, development and implementation of self-sustaining regenerative projects and communities. Marcelo has extensive experience in developing residential and commercial projects of different scale in several countries, such as Argentina, United States, Panama, Costa Rica. His focus is how projects can be developed in a new way, where the site is regenerated, creating communities that can generate a positive impact, accessible, replicate and profitable, generating a regenerative and sustainable development model over time.
Warren Ng, Medical Director Outpatient Behavioral Health, Columbia University Medical Center
Health Innovators Fellowship - Class III
Warren Ng is the medical director of outpatient behavioral health at Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also the director of clinical services for child and adolescent psychiatry and a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is passionate about providing care and developing comprehensive services for underserved children and their families. Warren is an advocate for children’s mental health and has leadership roles in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.View full bio
Jessica Sager, Co-Founder and CEO, All Our Kin, Inc.
Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship - Class XIV
Jessica Sager is the co-founder and chief executive officer of All Our Kin, a nonprofit that trains, supports and sustains family child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation for success in school and in life. Through All Our Kin, caregivers succeed as business owners; working parents find stable, high-quality care for their children; and children receive early learning experiences that lay the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond. A graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School, Jessica co-teaches a Yale University seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy,” and is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. She has provided commentary on child care issues for Time, The Hill, New America, the New York Daily News, and Education Week.View full bio
Maria Blair, Partner, ghSMART
Catto Fellowship Program - Class II
Maria Blair is a Partner at ghSMART. She serves leaders of high performing organizations across all sectors in the areas of leadership development and coaching, management assessment, top team effectiveness, and organizational change initiatives and advises their boards, executives, and investors on their most important leadership challenges. She led ghSMART’s Asia-Pacific practice from 2016-2018. Prior to joining ghSMART, Maria was national vice president of the American Cancer Society, leading stView full bio
Diego de Sola, CEO, De Sola Group
Central America Leadership Initiative - Class I
Diego de Sola iCEO of the De Sola Group, a regional family enterprise with over 121 years working and serving in Central America. The Group manages investments in real estate, coffee milling and exporting, hotels, healthcare and remote business solutions. Before joining the family business, Diego worked at Citicorp Securities / Salomon Smith Barney NYC in investment banking, and at Taca International Airlines. He is co-Founder and President of Glasswing International, a regional non-profit that designs and implements cross-sector programs that promote youth and volunteering in 12 countries. In 2012 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Re-Imagine the Social Contract to Build Greater Trust, Relationships, and Prosperity for All | Walter Isaacson Center, Albright Pavilion
'Tokunboh Ishmael, Founder, Alitheia Capital Limited
Finance Leaders Fellowship - Class I
'Tokunboh Ishmael the co-founder and managing director of Alitheia Capital, an investment management and advisory firm focused on making private equity investments in businesses with the potential to scale and solve challenges, such as limited access to finance and energy, and food scarcity. ‘Tokunboh has over 20 years’ experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing, technology and new business development in the USA, Europe and Africa. As an investment banker, she advised on mergers and acquisition mandates valuing over $5 billion across the financial, health, oil, gas, technology and media sectors. Her previous roles include country partner for Nigeria at Aureos Capital where she successfully raised capital to complete the first Aureos West Africa Fund, and sourced private equity investments.View full bio
Tina Fernandez, Founding CEO, Achieve Atlanta
Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship - Class XIV
Tina Fernandez has spent her career in the legal and education sectors and has been involved in several social-entrepreneurial ventures. Currently, she is the founding executive director of Achieve Atlanta whose vision is that Atlanta be a city where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success and upward mobility. Prior to this, Tina was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit providing strategic, talent, and policy consulting to education organizations, where she helped launch and co-lead the development of Bellwether’s talent services. Tina also served as a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and was the founding Director of the school’s Pro Bono Program.View full bio
Salah Goss, Senior Vice President, Mastercard
Finance Leaders Fellowship - Class I
Salah Goss is a financial inclusion expert specializing in digital solutions. She is currently Senior Vice President at Mastercard running international markets for financial inclusion at the base of the economic pyramid. Previously, she was Head of the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Nairobi where she oversaw technology innovation and product development focused on developing markets. Her previous roles at Mastercard also include Vice President, Global Products and Solutions where she partnered with the development community, NGOs and governments to design payments and financial services solutions that foster financial inclusion and address wider economic development challenges.View full bio
Manoj Kumar, Founder and CEO, Naandi Foundation
Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship - Class II
Manoj Kumar is the founding CEO of Naandi Foundation, Manoj disrupted the NGO space in India by being the first to implement large scale government programs with efficiency and measurable outcomes. This included feeding 1.3 million school children midday meals, assuring learning outcomes in 2100 government schools, providing skills and jobs for over 100,000 unemployed youth and looking after education of 300,000 girls across India. Naandi has also spun of a social impact venture for the provision of safe drinking water across India under the brand name iPure which is a joint venture with the French Group Danone. Under his leadership, in the last 20 years, Naandi has impacted 6 million lives.View full bio
Ida Rademacher, Vice President and Executive Director, Aspen Financial Security Program, Aspen Institute
Ida Rademacher leads the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy - a cross-enterprise effort to harness the full power of the Institute's knowledge, networks and platforms to advance changes in society that promote greater security, opportunity and resilience for all. An activator and influencer, Ida is widely known for developing cutting-edge initiatives and cross-disciplinary teams that fuel new insights and fresh thinking about policy and market innovations that solve problems at scale. In senior and strategic leadership roles, Ms. Rademacher is a trusted partner and collaborator who has built global relationships with leaders in governments, fortune 100 companies, NGOs and philanthropic organizations.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Advance the Project of Democracy Through Better Information, Discourse, and Civic Engagement | Paepke Building, Auditorium
Ayisha Osori, Director, EVPO, Open Society Foundations
Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa - Class V
Ayisha Osori is a lawyer, writer and development practitioner with experience in the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. Osori is currently Director, Executive Vice President’s Office, Open Society Foundations, a political philanthropic grant making and advocacy organization. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.View full bio
Michael Allen, CEO/ Architect, MOA Architecture
Liberty Fellowship - Class IX
Michael Allen is Founder and CEO of MOA Architecture. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Clemson University. He is one of few architecture majors to be a starter on a college football team and earn his architecture degree. Michael was a Greenville Magazine 2011 Best & Brightest honoree and a Diversity Leadership graduate with the Riley Institute. As a past graduate of Leadership SC, he is now the incoming Chair of their board of trustees. He is also a board member for Upstate Forever, SC Independent Colleges and Universities, Greenville Technical College Foundation, a City of Greenville Planning Commissioner, and currently serving on the SC Chamber Board.View full bio
Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder-Editor, IndiaSpend and BOOM
Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship - Class I
Govindraj Ethiraj is a television and print journalist and founder-editor of www.indiaspend.org, India's first data journalism initiative and a social entrepreneurship venture. He is also the founder of Ping Digital Broadcast, a Google multi-channel network (MCN) for knowledge, news, and utility programming for digital audiences. He also writes for newspapers like Business Standard on mostly business issues and anchors seasonal shows on channels like Headlines Today and Rajya Sabha Television. Previously, Govindraj was founder and editor in chief of Bloomberg TVIndia, a 24-hour business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India.View full bio
Thamara Narváez, Deputy Director Intergovernmental and Global Affairs Specialist, Harris County
Central America Leadership Initiative - Class XII
Thamara Narváez is the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental and Global Affairs for Harris County, Texas, the third largest county in the United States, which a population of over 4.6 million people and one of the most diverse in the nation. Prior to her role in Harris County she served as the Senior Political Specialist for the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua for almost 10 years. She has worked as a consultant on human trafficking, immigration, and democracy and governance programming implemented in Central America and other Latin American countries. She earned her law degree from Universidad Americana (UAM) and obtained specialization degrees in Private Contracts Law and Consumer’s Rights Law at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).
Marla Blow, President and COO, The Skoll Foundation
Henry Crown Fellowship Program - Class XIX
Marla Blow is the President and COO of the Skoll Foundation where she leads Skoll’s program work, grants, investments, and financial management, including operations, endowment, and portfolio partnerships. Previously, she was North America lead at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and before Mastercard, she was Founder and CEO of FS Card Inc., a subprime credit card venture (sold to strategic acquirer). Ms. Blow won the EY Mid Atlantic Emerging Company Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018, and has been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.View full bio
Vivian Schiller, Executive Director, Aspen Digital, Aspen Institute
Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions.View full bio
Moving from Crisis to Opportunities: Emerging Approaches to Use Technology for Good to Drive Advances in Trust-building, Medicine, and Education | Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Hai Ling, Co-President, International Markets, Mastercard
China Fellowship Program - Class II
Hai Ling serves as Mastercard's co-president for the Asia/Pacific region, with focus on Northeast Asia and Australia. He was most recently Mastercard's group executive of enterprise development for international markets. Before that, Hai ran MasterCard's Greater China business, overseeing all aspects of operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan with the objective of growing its market shares and enhancing the MasterCard brand. Before joining MasterCard in 2010, Hai was head of partnership business and co-brand marketing with PCCC, a joint venture company between HSBC and Bank of Communications.View full bio
Bright Simons, President, mPedigree; Founder, Koldchain, mPedigree Network
Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa - Class V
Bright Simons is the President of mPedigree, a social enterprise working on three continents in partnership with governments, several of the Fortune 500 companies and grassroots organisations to spread innovative technologies that secure communities from the harmful effects of counterfeiting, especially in such sensitive sectors as health, agriculture, cosmetics and automotive. Bright has shaped mPedigree's relentless innovation cycle for more than a decade, helping steer the organisation from a focus on authentication and supply chain technologies into the broader spaces of smart sensors, analytics, and intelligent decision support systems.View full bio
Ann Lee-Karlon, Chief Operating Officer, Altos Labs
Health Innovators Fellowship - Class I
Ann Lee-Karlon is Chief Operating Officer at Altos Labs and leads scientific and business operations for the company. She was previously senior vice president at Genentech where she led Portfolio Management and Operations with oversight for more than 30 product development teams in the pipeline. Prior to joining Genentech, Ann was a leader in venture development at Eli Lilly. She has served as a senior biotech scientist in La Jolla and interned at UBS investment bank in London.View full bio
Christine Shiau, Director, The Stevens Initiative, Aspen Institute
Christine Shiau is Director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute. She drives vision and performance, leading strategy and program development, cultivating international and philanthropic partnerships, and ensuring effective management and oversight of the program. She blends strategic insight with creativity to establish virtual exchange as a cutting-edge field that builds global competencies and career readiness skills in youth and propels the internationalization of education.View full bio
Ami Dror, CEO, BriBooks
Henry Crown Fellowship Program - Class VVII
Ami Dror is the founder and CEO of BriBooks, the world’s leading children creative writing platform, enabling children of all ages to learn creative writing and publish their books on BriBooks, Amazon, And Barnes & Noble. Ami is also the Co-founder of LeapLearner, the world's largest coding education company with over 1,000,000 students across 20 countries. Ami is also the founder of Ponka, a social impact enterprise, located at the rural Ponka village in Sierra Leone.View full bio
Jean-Claude Brizard, President and CEO, Digital Promise Global
Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship - Class III
Jean-Claude Brizard is the President and CEO of Digital Promise Global. He previously served as the Senior Advisor and Deputy Director in US Programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his role as Senior Advisor he leads the US Program’s P-16 Community Investment Team in their effort to more deeply understand a student’s journey from preschool through completion of a post-secondary credential. Jean-Claude is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools, and prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester, NY School District.View full bio
Saturday, July 30, 1:30-3:00PM | Various Locations | See Options Below
Asset-Framing® For Equity | Doerr-Hosier Center, Kauffman Room ⬇️
Led by: Trabian Shorters, CEO/Founder, BMe Community, Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow | 90 Minutes
BMe Community CEO, Trabian Shorters, is a New York Times Bestselling author, social entrepreneur, and the leading authority on an award-winning approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Impact called "Asset-Framing®." Asset-Framing® has been recognized as a major innovation in fields of social impact. Based on insights from global authorities in cognition, decision-making, narrative and social impact, Asset-Framing® offers forward-thinking leaders a reliable way to increase engagement, support, and impact for their enterprises across races, genders, and economic classes. BMe Community is an award-winning network of innovators, leaders, and champions who invest in aspiring communities. Along with training leading organizations in Asset-Framing®, BMe runs the BMe Vanguard Fellowship, and is the leader of the Agenda for Black L.O.V.E.
Demystify the Boardroom with Him For Her | Walter Isaacson Center, Albright Pavilion ⬇️
Led by: Jocelyn Mangan, CEO, Him for Her, Henry Crown Fellow | 60 Minutes
Explore the role of a board director, how to pursue a board seat or fill a board opening, and what to expect once you’re appointed. During this interactive session, Him For Her CEO, Jocelyn Mangan will share her own path to the boardroom, discuss board-readiness, and provide a framework for what it means to show up as a board MVP. Whether you're curious about a board position for yourself or are looking to shape a healthy and diverse board, you’ll leave the discussion with tangible takeaways.
Designing for Emergence | Doerr-Hosier Center, Catto Room ⬇️
Led by: Justin Ferrell, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Design at Stanford University (the d.school) | 90 Minutes
In a hierarchical model, leaders articulate a desired outcome, assemble a team, and direct it toward that predetermined goal. In an emergent model, leaders enable diverse teams to co-create unique solutions in the spaces between their expertise.
This immersive session will provide hands-on learning of Design Thinking and Organization Design as innovation disciplines and show you how you can apply an emergent model in your context. You’ll explore the qualities of creative leaders, and will learn how technological and other disruptions and their effects on human behavior can lead to multiple possibilities for change. We'll cover topics including Leading Emergent Systems, Designing for Culture, and Enabling Organizational Ambidexterity: how to balance efficiency in your leadership today while building adaptability for coping with tomorrow's changing demands.
Facilitation: the Arts of Dialogue | Kresge Building, Hines Room ⬇️
Led by: Todd Breyfogle, Executive Director, Executive Leadership Seminars, the Aspen Institute | 90 Minutes
A primer on the mindset and strategies for facilitating meaningful conversations. This Leadership Lab session will help you leverage the best of the Aspen Institute’s method of moderated, text-based dialogue for conversations of all kinds, in the workplace and beyond.
Futures Thinking for Global Leaders | Koch Building, Lauder Room ⬇️
Led by: Ilana Lipsett, Institute for the Future | 90 Minutes
Humans are notoriously bad about predicting the future, but we can learn to think about the future more strategically. In this fast-paced, interactive skills-building workshop led by Ilana Lipsett from the Institute for the Future (IFTF), you’ll learn how futures thinking can prepare you to face urgent challenges with more confidence, creativity, and hope.
Get hands-on instruction and practice with IFTF’s foresight tools designed to build your imagination muscles, help anticipate how and why the future might be different, identify opportunities for intervention and innovation, and think more creatively about what’s possible in the future. Come with an open mind and leave with a vision and action steps for your future.
Applying a Movement Mindset for Systemic Change | Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room ⬇️
Led by: Erin Mazursky, Movement Strategist | Founder, Rhize.org | Director, Families Belong Together | 90 Minutes
Movement-building is the art and science of building and using collective power to make significant, structural changes in our societies -- not just because of the policies that it creates but because of the communities and belonging they create along the way.
In this session, we will look at how to build ecosystems of social impact that contribute to dynamic, critical, society-shifting movements. We will also apply power analysis to our social impact work and how to enact strategies that allow us to build alongside and with most impacted communities so that we can remake our systems for the better. We will hear from seasoned movement activists, who are part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network community, about how they have applied some of these concepts to their own work.
Saying Yes to Public Service | Greenwald Pavilion ⬇️
Moderated by: Gisella Porras, Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow | 60 Minutes
As you think about the impact you want to have in the world, have you considered a role in public office? Join this session to learn from Aspen Global Leadership Network who have done it. This panel consists of Fellows from around the world who have held and currently hold public positions. Panelists will share the considerations and mindsets that led them to step into their roles, things they wish they knew as they entered into them, and advice to others thinking about the path of public service. They’ll also talk about the values they hold that have been pertinent to their success.
The Power of Web3 and the Future of Learning | Koch Building, Stranahan Room ⬇️
Led by: Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Co-Founder, Proof of Learn, Henry Crown Fellow | 90 Minutes
Online consumers now have the chance to learn new skills that are transferable and experience the transformational potential to increase their own economic mobility thanks to the development of the Web3 ecosystem.
In this Leadership Lab, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Co-Founder of the new Web3 company, Proof of Learn, will talk through the various opportunities the world of Web3 provides, both for the consumer/user and the creator. This session will give a comprehensive understanding of the “learn and earn” model, the next frontier of gaming and education, and how it advances and enhances the world of Web3 developers, the builders of the Metaverse.
Transitional Justice: Addressing the legacies of massive human rights violations | Paepcke Library ⬇️
Led by Fernando Travesí, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) | 90 Minutes
This interactive workshop will discuss how we can take action to confront the legacies of human rights violations. Drawing on ICTJ’s 20 years of experience in supporting and guiding social change in over 50 countries while seeking truth, justice, and dignity for victims, learn how you might apply principles of transitional justice in your country and context. Come prepared to learn about transitional justice tools, share your experiences, think about how we can adapt in our changing world, and build a joint vision of a peaceful future.
Your Role in Climate Change Solutions | Buckminster Fuller Dome ⬇️
Led by: Greg Gershuny, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute | 70 Minutes
There are many roles to play in contributing to solutions to climate change - from corporate sustainability to policymaking, to technology development, to community activism. This session is about helping you identify the various levers available to you and what might best fit your platform and skills.
Well Being Activities
Thursday, July 28 from 3:15pm-5:00pm | See Options Below
Yoga in the Resnick-Malek Gym | Begins at 3:30 ⬇️
Move, breath, and reset with an outdoor yoga class in the Resnick-Malek Gym.
Colorado Beer Tasting in the Hub ⬇️
Colorado has become a leader in the craft beer industry. Come sample a local selection and learn more about the craft that has taken off across the state.
Lawn Games ⬇️
Join the community in some friendly competition by playing one of our many lawn games set up near the Hub. Featuring: Corn Hole, Giant Jenga and more.
Drop-In Tennis & Pickleball ⬇️
Game. Set. Match. Join others from the Action Forum community for an afternoon of racquet sports at the Aspen Meadows Tennis Center.
Open Studio Time in the Hub ⬇️
Let creativity emerge. Grab some art supplies and create!
RI International Mental Health Resources ⬇️
Join Shannon Jaccard, Health Innovators Fellow and Board Chair of RI International, to learn more about the mental health services they provide.
Aspen Institute Program Fair
Thursday, July 28 from 1:00pm-2:15pm | The Hub
Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and convener for systems, policy, and social impact leaders working to create a society where every family passes a legacy of prosperity and well-being from one generation to the next. Through innovative two-generation (2Gen) approaches, investment in cross-sector leaders with big ideas, and assembling of a national network of partners with deep reach, the team is fostering educational success, economic mobility, and vital relationships that shift the odds back in favor of families.
Ascend’s core initiatives include the national Ascend Fellowship, a focus on postsecondary success for parents, increasing family prosperity for workers who are caregiving or parents with low incomes, and place-based strategies to deepen 2Gen approaches for children and the adults in their lives. Executive Director of Ascend, Anne Mosle, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Aspen Digital ⬇️
Aspen Digital empowers policy-makers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. The program shines a light on urgent global issues across cybersecurity, the information ecosystem, emerging technology, the industry talent pipeline, tech and communications policy, and innovation. Aspen Digital then turns ideas to action and develops human solutions to these digital challenges. Executive Director of Aspen Digital, Vivian Schiller, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Aspen Global Innovators Group ⬇️
The Aspen Global Innovators Group is a catalytic ecosystem of bold social innovators comprising researchers, community leaders, activists, and policymakers committed to shifting power towards the most affected global communities and creating lasting improvements that advance equitable health and prosperity.
Through convenings and strategic partnerships that raise the profile and visibility of leaders, the Aspen Global Innovators Group addresses the most challenging issues global leaders face around well-being and economic mobility among marginalized groups and enables leaders to broaden their reach and impact. Executive Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group, Lola Adedokun, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Braddock Scholars Program ⬇️
The Braddock Scholars Program supports entrepreneurs who aim for transformational impact on society by bringing their not-for-profit and for-profit ventures to significant scale. The program is built on the belief that the skills required to effectively scale an innovative venture are different from those required of entrepreneurs to launch them. The program aims to bridge this “scaling gap” through a combination of mentorship, peer-learning activities, a grant to fund a key scale active of the scholar’s choosing, and enhanced connectivity across the Aspen Institute. Executive Director of Braddock Scholars, Kim Vender Moffat, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Energy and Environment Program ⬇️
The Energy and Environment Program (EEP) addresses critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders.
In addition to energy and environmental policy, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging in climate change policy – mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and helping to build relationships for cooperation needed to achieve these goals amongst people and nations. Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Program, Greg Gershuny, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Financial Security Program ⬇️
The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s (Aspen FSP) mission is to illuminate and solve the most critical financial challenges facing American households and to make financial security for all a top national priority. Through private and public dialogues that galvanize a diverse set of cross-sector leaders around innovation, trust, leadership, and entrepreneurial thinking, Aspen FSP aims for transformational change that drives a more inclusive economy with reduced wealth inequality and shared prosperity.
These dialogues, along with evidence-based research and solutions, strengthen the financial health and security of financially vulnerable Americans. Vice President and Executive Director of the Financial Security Program, Ida Rademacher, and Director of Policy and Market Solutions at the Financial Security Program, Karen Andres, will be on site at the Program Fair.
Justice, Society, and Democratic Institutions Initiative ⬇️
The Justice, Society, and Democratic Institutions Initiative (JSDI) develops nonpartisan, multi-sectoral spaces for collective wisdom and action to emerge in support of a more just, capable, and trusted democratic social system. At a time when enlightening conversations and democracy feel diminished and divisive, the initiative is strengthening and inspiring better public leadership while offering a larger and more diverse audience of Americans the opportunity to clarify their definitions, better understand others, identify consensus, and ultimately come to discussions of their collective path forward with more ease and awareness.
Initiative programs range from in-person seminars and working groups for key decision-makers to facilitation training and free, publicly available events and content. Director of the Justice, Society, and Democratic Institutions Initiative, Kat Godfrey, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Aspen Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation ⬇️
At the nexus of civic engagement, citizen agency, trust, and democracy, The Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) enhances the efficacy of changemakers such as grantmaking foundations, nonprofits, public-private partnerships, and mutual aid networks by matching them to offer lasting solutions to societal challenges as well as meet the immediate needs of neighbors and strangers.
This occurs through the program’s values-based seminars for social purpose leaders, its consensus-building convenings of foundation CEOs and individual donors, its issue-specific conferences, its leadership of the Generosity Commission, and its work to advance transparency through policies for making “open” the data generated by and gathered on the nonprofit sector. Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of PSI, Jane Wales, will be on site at the Program Fair.
Stevens Initiative ⬇️
The Stevens Initiative is an international leader in virtual exchange, which brings young people from diverse places together to collaborate and connect through everyday technology. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Initiative invests in virtual exchange programs between the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); shares research, resources, and promising practices to improve impact; and advocates for broader adoption.
Through its 86 grants, the Stevens Initiative will expand its reach by the summer of 2023 to nearly 75,000 young people in 17 MENA countries and the Palestinian Territories, and in 48 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, one tribal community, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. Director of the Stevens Initiative, Christine Shiau, will be on-site at the Program Fair.
Aspen Tech Policy Hub ⬇️
The Aspen Tech Policy Hub takes science and technology experts, teaches them the policy process through training programs, and encourages them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. The program is modeled after tech incubators like Y Combinator but trains new policy thinkers and focuses their impact of their ideas.
The Aspen Tech Policy Hub builds new ideas for policymaking — every trainee must complete one practical policy output during their time with us — and an alumni base of technical experts who understand policy and want to engage with it. Deputy Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, Mai Sistla, will be on site at the Program Fair.
Thursday, July 28, 5:00-7:00PM | Various Locations | See Options Below
Aspen Tap | 121 S Galena Street ⬇️
- LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
- Parents Affinity Group
Chica | 501 Dean Street ⬇️
- Women in C-Suite Affinity Group
- Sustainability Affinity Group
- Women in C-Suite Affinity Group
- Sustainability Affinity Group
Mi Chola | 411 E Main Street ⬇️
- Black Affinity Group
- Creatives Affinity Group