Announcing The 2018 Class Of Braddock Scholars

We’re excited to announce the selection of the third class of Braddock Scholars.  Please join us in congratulating Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network who will be joining the Braddock Scholars Program for the 2018 year. These Fellows have a big vision to make a transformational impact on society by bringing their venture to significant scale.  
  • Carmita Semaan, Founder and President, The Surge Institute   (Pahara Fellowship)
  • David Williams, Founder and CEO, Care3   (Henry Crown Fellowship)
  • Hugo Diaz, President and Founding Partner, Vital Interaction   (Central America Leadership Initiative)
  • Kirsten Saenz Tobey, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, and Kristen Groos Richmond, Chairman and CEO, Revolution Foods   (Catto Fellowship, Pahara Fellowship)
  • Lisa Skeete Tatum, Founder and CEO, LandIt   (Henry Crown Fellowship)

The Braddock Scholars Program is built on the belief that entrepreneurs are great at starting businesses, but the skills needed to effectively scale these innovations are very different. It supports AGLN entrepreneurs in achieving significant scale and impact through a mix of high-level mentorship, peer-learning, and discretionary grant capital. 

We are also very happy to welcome five global leaders as 2018 mentors. They represent some of the Aspen Institute’s most seasoned and respected leaders who all have the mileage that begets business wisdom and big networks:
  • Ann Korologos (working with LandIt)
  • Dr. Kenneth Davis (working with Vital Interaction)
  • Lewis Sanders (working with Care3)
  • Rick Braddock (working with The Surge Institute)
  • Stewart Resnick (working with Revolution Foods) 

The program features three key components:
  • High-level mentorship, which includes monthly calls for board level conversations and advice
  • An annual Program gatherings, which feature peer learning and exchange
  • Grant capital, which is used to further their scale goals 

Mr. Braddock shared with us some insight on the program:

"In spending quite a few years in the entrepreneurial space after my corporate career, I came to realize that innovation requires two rather distinct steps, ideation and scaling.  The latter step is the most important one for value creation, but requires skills not usually encompassed in an entrepreneur’s background.  The Aspen Institute allows us to bring together two perspectives to address these opportunities:  entrepreneurs whose initiatives are already well beyond the start-up phase and senior members of the Aspen family, usually trustees, bringing wisdom derived from their long, successful careers, to be mentors.  We’ve found from the first two years of the program that this is a highly satisfying association for each."

Stay tuned throughout the year for updates on the program. We’ll be accepting application for the 2019 class in the fall of 2018.

Posted by Philip Javellana on Jan 26, 2018 4:05 PM America/Denver