Blog Posts

  • Stepping Up In Lebanon
    Stepping Up In Lebanon
    On October, 17th 2019, Lebanon saw a series of protests led by the people that called for political and economic reform. What could be characterized as a political revolution creating intense civil unrest became the backdrop when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Without a stable government structure, civil society has stepped in to fill the gaps.  Eight ... more
  • Applying Lessons Learned From A Storm On Mount Everest To COVID-19
    Applying Lessons Learned From A Storm On Mount Everest To COVID-19
    The COVID-19 pandemic is like the storm my daughter Deeya and I faced on the North side of Mount Everest on May 14, 2018. We were climbing in the  so called ‘death zone’ at about 8000 meters and the weather deteriorated suddenly. The temperature dropped to -50 degrees Celsius with the windchill and it became a battle for survival. While I was a nervous ... more
  • Ensuring Care For Dialysis Patients During A Pandemic
    Ensuring Care For Dialysis Patients During A Pandemic
    When the lockdown was announced, I handed over my professional responsibilities as CEO to the CFO of my company so that I could dedicate my time and resources towards the cause of those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. I have been on the board of trustees of Bangalore Kidney Foundation (BKF) for 15 years. In November 2019, the trust started a new ... more
  • 2020 Braddock Scholars Announced
    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 ... more
  • A Journey Through The Blue Mountain | Where You Feel The Force Of The Heart 
    A Journey Through The Blue Mountain | Where You Feel The Force Of The Heart 
    Sylvia Gereda Valenzuela, Central American Leadership Initiative CALI 1  Journalist and PH. D. in Sociology and Political Science, Guatemala   There, hidden in the most remote Costa Rican lands, among the smell of wet earth, gigantic flowers that look as if transplanted from another world, leafy trees moving to the beat of a warm wind that goes ... more
  • Highlights From The 2020 Africa Impact Forum
    Highlights From The 2020 Africa Impact Forum
    In late February, the second Africa Impact Forum took place in Accra, Ghana. Fellows from across the Africa Leadership Initiative came together around the theme Building to Last: Leadership verse Systems . Guided by their moderators, 101 Fellows from Africa Leadership Initiatives across the continent, at the forum discussed a variety of topics ... more
  • Support Causes Meaningful To Fellows: 2019 Giving Season
    Support Causes Meaningful To Fellows: 2019 Giving Season
    From unlocking a cure for multiple sclerosis, to supporting the arts in India, Fellows are involved in organizations that are changing lives and our world. This Giving Season, we're excited to share with you causes that are close to the hearts of Fellows across our global community. Read on and be uplifted. more
  • Announcing The Winner Of The 2019 John P. McNulty Prize
    Announcing The Winner Of The 2019 John P. McNulty Prize
    We are pleased to announce this year's winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, Henry Crown Fellow Kelsey Wirth . more
  • The 2019 Edition Of The Summit: The Journey From Thought To Action - The Magazine Of The AGLN
    The 2019 Edition Of The Summit: The Journey From Thought To Action - The Magazine Of The AGLN
    Download the Digital Edition   Fellows are stepping up to lead all around the world. Learn how in the 2019 edition of Summit: The Journey from Thought to Action , the magazine of the AGLN. The five feature stories are: Taking Aim: Your Pledge to Act - An Action Pledge is a public commitment to action AGLN Fellows take at the Action Forum each year. Hear from ... more
  • Perched On The Shoulders Of Giants: Honoring The Three Founding AGLN Moderators
    Perched On The Shoulders Of Giants: Honoring The Three Founding AGLN Moderators
    From left to right: Skip Battle, Keith Berwick, and Ben Dunlap. A reflection from David Langstaff , Executive Vice President, Leadership Division Over the years, our seminars and programs have built on the vision and leadership of Mortimer Adler, Robert Maynard Hutchins, and Jim O’Toole. Today, our moderators benefit from the experience, art, and ... more
  • Announcing The New Vice President Of The AGLN
    Announcing The New Vice President Of The AGLN
    We are thrilled to announce that our friend and colleague John Simpkins has accepted our offer to serve as the new Vice President, Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute more
  • Announcing The 2019 John P. McNulty Prize Laureates
    Announcing The 2019 John P. McNulty Prize Laureates
    Today, the Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the 12th annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates, five extraordinary individuals who have leveraged their expertise, experience, and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures.   more
  • Announcing The 2019 Recipients Of The McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund
    Announcing The 2019 Recipients Of The McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund
    The McNulty Foundation and Aspen Global Leadership Network are excited to announce the recipients of the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund awards $75,000 in total to five exceptional organizations led by AGLN Fellows that have demonstrated significant momentum in the early stages of their development, with great potential to scale or ... more
  • And Justice For All: Health Innovators Reveal What's Missing In Health Care
    And Justice For All: Health Innovators Reveal What's Missing In Health Care
    This June, Health Innovators Fellows will be back in Aspen to lead a session at  Aspen Ideas: Health   (formerly  Spotlight Health ), the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. The session,  "And Justice For All: Health Innovators Reveal What's Missing in Health Care,"  will highlight the work of these Fellows and provide a rapid-fire ... more
  • Fellows On Moral Courage At The Skoll World Forum
    Fellows On Moral Courage At The Skoll World Forum
    “Moral courage comes with the joining of mind and the joining of the heart.” -  Hildegard Vasquez In our relentless pursuit of the possible, the journey toward change can be slow, unkind, and personally demanding. Cynics may question, challengers may contest, broken systems may resist. It takes bold leadership and courage to sustain us. In a session ... more
  • Highlights From The 2018/19 Leading In An Era Of Globalization Seminar Cycle
    Highlights From The 2018/19 Leading In An Era Of Globalization Seminar Cycle
    This year’s Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar cohorts gathered in six unique locations around the world to pause and reflect on their roles as leaders in an increasingly globalized world. From Hong Kong to Panama, 121 Fellows from 12 countries and seven Fellowships were met for the first time and were introduced to a diverse range of viewpoints ... more
  • Announcing 2019 Braddock Scholars
    Announcing 2019 Braddock Scholars
    We’re excited to announce the selection of the 2019 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 ... more
  • Highlights From The Challenge Of Leadership Seminars
    Highlights From The Challenge Of Leadership Seminars
    Think back to your first seminar,  The Challenge of Leadership . The magic of the room and the first time you were meeting classmates; people who would become lifelong advisors and friends. Throughout the fall, seven AGLN Fellowship classes launched, sending 134 new Fellows on their journey thinking about their role and responsibility as leaders. ... more
  • A Message From Moderators: Advice on Having Challenging Conversations
    A Message From Moderators: Advice on Having Challenging Conversations
    With the holidays upon us, you might find yourselves engaged in difficult conversations with loved ones that challenge your convictions (and patience). How might you ensure these exchanges are respectful and meaningful, while staying rooted in your own core values? Try approaching them as a moderator would. Watch this short video with advice from ... more
  • Announcing The Winner Of The 2018 John P. McNulty Prize
    Announcing The Winner Of The 2018 John P. McNulty Prize
    We are pleased to announce this year's winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, Mehrdad Baghai of the Henry Crown Fellowship.   Watch this video about Mehrdad, the inspiration behind High Resolves and the impact of the program is having on students around the world. Mehrdad is being honored for creating High Resolves, which delivers learning experiences ... more