Highlights From The 2018/19 Leading In An Era Of Globalization Seminar Cycle
Read on to see highlights from this year’s seminar cycle including meaningful connections made, new readings from this cycle’s curriculum and a challenge from one cohort to take collective action.
Connecting in New Landscapes
Fellows in the Athens cohort from across the Network including Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa, China Fellowship Program, Central America Leadership Initiative, Henry Crown Fellowship, and Finance Leaders Fellowship exploring the Aegean Coast.
"This globalization seminar has opened my eyes to the different realities that each of us faces in our countries, and at the same time the similarities in who we are as people and what we strive for,” – Liza Dreszer, Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow, Athens Cohort.
South Africa Cohort Fellows enjoying a little conversation and scenery while on top of Table Mountain.
"We come from different backgrounds and experiences, we leave stronger and better equipped to effect change for good as opposed to working only within our narrow vacuums of “what we knew”. – Mike Reichenbach, Liberty Fellow, South Africa Cohort
What We Read
Each day, Fellows explored the different facets of Globalization including economics, technology, global values, the environment, and their own leadership. If you’re interested in reading some of the new selections, check them out online below:
- Against Identity Politics by Francis Fukuyama (Politics)
- The Borders Are Fluid Within Us by Dan Vera (Self and the World)
- The Newer Colossus by Karen Finneyfrock (Global Values?)
- Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich (Leading in an Era of Globalization)
The Oxford Cohort discussing their "Gooseberries" moments around the seminar table at the historic Rhodes House in Oxford, UK.
Personal Leadership and Venture Challenge Sessions
Away from the seminar table, Fellows participated in small group sessions that allowed them to explore venture challenges as well as personal leadership challenges.
Finance Leaders Fellow, Tilly Franklin, China Fellow, Grace Ge, and Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa Fellow, Lerato Molefe connected on the challenges of being a female in a leadership role during their small group break out session in Hong Kong.
Collective Action and New Connections
After reading the new selection Losing Earth the Aspen cohort, the first of this year’s cycle, were moved to think about what they could be doing collectively for the environment. On the final day of the seminar, the Fellows created a pledge to reduce their environmental impact by eliminating single-use plastics in their offices and participate in “Meatless Mondays”. They then challenged the following cohorts in this cycle to embark on their own collective action pledges.
Fellows in Aspen, CO with their printed and signed collective action challenge.
In response to this challenge and inspired by the Central America Leadership Initiative Fellows coming from the region, the Athens cohort came together in support of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Nicaragua.
“The pro-Nicaraguan group collective action would not have been possible were not for this seminar. There is hope that the participants will surely take the experience with them in order to impact, not only in their own countries, but around the world!” – Boniswa Mzimba, Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa Fellow, Athens Cohort
Besides the opportunity for collective action and collaboration, Fellows left seminars with an overwhelming sense of comradery and support from their new cohorts.
Fellows from the Panama Cohort taking some time to talk outside the seminar room while exploring the Panama Canal.
"The readings, discussions and overall AGLN methodology inspired enormous reflection and high-impact thinking that will shape the direction of my life for years to come, not to mention friendships that I plan to build on far beyond Panama City." Lily Sarafan, Henry Crown Fellow, Panama Cohort
From these testimonials and photos, and your own Fellowship experience, you can see how the power of the network clearly manifests itself at the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminars.
See who participated and connect with the Fellows here. You can also follow the links below to see each Fellowship class in the cycle:
- Finance Leaders Fellowship, 2017 Class: "Twogether"
- China Fellowship Program, Class V: "Veracity"
- Africa Leadership Initiative - South Africa, Class XI: Tekano
- Central America Leadership Initiative, Class XIII, CRECE
- Liberty Fellowship, Class XIV
- Henry Crown Fellowship Program, 2017 Class "Legally Crown"
About the Leading in Era of Globalization Seminars
Offered each year since 2011 as a core part of the Aspen Institute’s Fellowship experience, the “Leading in an Era of Globalization” seminar connects Fellows across our growing worldwide network. The seminar explores how increased interconnectedness influences our world and the choices we make as leaders in our organizations, our communities, our families and our lives.