2020 Braddock Scholars Announced
We’re excited to announce the selection of the 2020 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 upcoming year. These Fellows have a big vision to make a transformational impact on society by bringing their venture to significant scale.
- Rushika Fernandopulle, Co-Founder and CEO, Iora Health (Health Innovators Fellowship)
- Christopher Gergen, CEO, Forward Cities (Henry Crown Fellowship)
- Brett Hurt, CEO and Co-Founder, data.world (Henry Crown Fellowship)
- Sarah Kauss, Founder and Chairwoman, S’well; (Henry Crown Fellowship)
- Aaron Walker, Founder and CEO, Camelback Ventures (Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship)
- Sairee Chahal, Founder & CEO, www.sheroes.in (Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship)
The program is made possible thanks to the generous efforts of Rick Braddock, Aspen Institute Trustee. He shared the inspiration behind the program's inception:
"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 four years of the program that this is a highly satisfying association for each."
On this year's scholars he said the following:
“We have learned a lot to make the program better as we go. Now, in the program's fifth year, I have personally interviewed all five we have selected as Scholars. I am confident that they are all well on their way to creating solutions that can really make a difference on the national and even international stage and that we can help them get there.”
The program features three key components:
- High-level mentorship, which includes monthly calls for board level conversations and advice
- Annual Program gatherings, which feature peer learning and exchange
- Grant capital, which is used to further their scale goals
Stay tuned throughout the year for updates on the program and insights from our Scholars on their journey to scale.
Explore upcoming opportunities to come back together with this community and continue the journey of fellowship. October 14-15, 2023 | Dubai, UAE AGLN Fellow Reunion in Dubai Fellows across the AGLN, especially those in China, India, Africa and the Middle East, have expressed a desire to reconnect with one another to build deeper bonds in a location ...
Charles Conn is a 2001 Henry Crown Fellow. He is co-founder of Monograph, a life sciences venture firm, and chair of Patagonia. Charles co-authored best-selling Bulletproof Problem Solving , and newly released The Imperfectionists: Strategic Mindsets for Uncertain Times (Wiley 2023). Our Operating Context We live in a different world than the one ...
Together with the McNulty Foundation, we're excited to announce the Winners of the 2022 John P. McNulty Prize , three individuals who have leveraged their expertise, experience, and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures. Their transformative social ventures are striving to end malnutrition worldwide , sparking a ...
More than a year after the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the American political landscape reflects the yawning divides highlighted on that violent day and reveals the extent to which extremist beliefs have become part of the mainstream. As the 2022 midterm election campaign kicks into high gear, I’m deeply concerned about the state of ...
Fellows across the network are tackling issues like good education, diversity on boards, cross-community dialogue and more. This Giving Season, we're excited to share causes close to the hearts of Fellows across our global community. Read below and consider giving or getting involved in these incredible organizations.