Overview

 



Charting the future course of the industry.
Reconnecting finance and society.

 
Nominations for our 2019 Class will open on January 2, 2019 and will close on February 15, 2019. Please see our FAQs for the 2019 class seminar dates and interview schedule.

The Aspen Institute's Finance Leaders Fellowship develops a community of enlightened leaders to chart the course of the global finance industry. Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, and building upon the Institute's commitment to high-integrity, action-oriented leadership, the program spurs selected Finance Fellows to consider values and perspectives necessary for effective, enlightened leadership in finance—and in society at-large. Fellows also undertake a leadership venture of their own design to challenge themselves and advance the role of finance in society. See a list of all the Finance Leaders Fellows here.

The key objectives of the Fellowship are to:
  • Engage Fellows in a thought provoking journey of personal exploration and understanding of what their definition of the "good society" is.
  • Forge a global network of finance leaders deeply committed to each other and the betterment of society.
  • Encourage Fellows to reflect on the historical importance of finance in well-functioning societies and current challenges in the sector, spurring them to play an active role in shaping its future.
 

Pillars of the Fellowship

Developing Leaders

The Finance Leaders Fellows attend a series of four seminars where they reflect on their own role and responsibility as leaders. In each seminar, they discuss different themes: challenges of leadership, their role in creating the “good society”, complexities of leading in the global community, and legacy through leadership ventures.

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Building Community

The Fellowship encourages a community where Fellows challenge and support one another for life. These Fellows include senior or executive leaders in the broad finance ecosystem, from savers and users, to intermediates and stewards of capital. Finance Leaders Fellows are also part of the larger Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), a world-wide community of successful, high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders committed to making the world a better place. 
Finance Leaders Community
AGLN Network
 

Taking Action

An integral part of the program is undertaking a Leadership Venture by each of the Fellows - a chance to put values into action. They aim to reconnect finance and society by charting the future course of the industry and using the power of their platforms in finance to address societal issues.

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Finance Leaders Fellowship News

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    Twenty-two highly successful leaders ready to leverage their success and existing platforms to broaden their impact have been named to the 2018 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship. Fellows across classes represent various sectors within finance including FinTech, asset management, banking, family offices, pensions, endowments, ... more
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    Announcing The 2017 Class Of The Finance Leaders Fellowship
    These 22 Fellows are highly successful leaders who are ready to leverage their success and existing platforms to broaden their impact. They represent various sectors within finance including asset management, banking, family offices, pensions, endowments, regulation, debt and equity investing, and operational finance, among others. Their ... more

The Fellowship

Fellows must be nominated by a third party and selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in the program. Each class will consist of 22 Fellows who will participate in four seminars of 5-7 days each under the guidance of the skilled moderators of the Institute. Fellows must commit to attending all 4 seminars in their entirety, for a total of approximately 26 days of seminar meetings. They also must commit to designing and launching a required leadership venture of their own design to advance the role of finance in society. The Fellows' participation will be without cost to them or their organizations, with the exception of their travel costs and any incidental expenses they incur. Limited financial assistance may be provided for travel on a case by case basis.

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Nomination Information

Ideal candidates are senior or executive business leaders in the broad finance ecosystem, from savers and users, to intermediates and stewards of capital. Learn more about becoming a candidate by reviewing the guidelines and watching videos of Fellows sharing their experiences.
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FAQs

Are you a nominator or candidate with questions about the process? Read our FAQs. 
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Fellows in Program

About the Finance Leaders Fellowship

The Finance Leaders Fellowship was made possible by the lead underwriting support of the CFA Institute and Christopher Varelas, and major support from David McCormick, Ranji Nagaswami and Bo Hopkins, Lisa Shalett, the Pactolus Family Foundation, and the Ferguson Nazareth Family Charitable Fund.

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Conceived by Henry Crown Fellow Ranji Nagaswami, the program was initially developed in concept by the Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program and is now the newest Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

THE TEAM

Jennifer Simpson, Managing Director
Jennifer Simpson is the managing director of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship. She has worked in the finance field most of her career, including private equity and debt investing at The Gladstone Companies, leadership roles in leveraged lending and credit at National City Bank and debt arrangement at Morgenthaler Partners. Most recently she was the EVP of Finance and Operations at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Jennifer began her career as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army’s Medical Service Corps and earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, financing it with a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. Her MBA is from Case Western Reserve University.

Kathy Kim, Program Associate
Kathy Kim is the program associate for the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship. She has prior experience with research and project management at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Institute of International Finance, and Aspen Institute Philanthropy and Social Innovation program. Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC. She has also studied at the University of Michigan, La Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico, and Yonsei University in South Korea.

Ashley Sillaro, Program Coordinator
​Ashley Sillaro is the program coordinator for the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship. She has prior experience with program development, event coordination, and data management. She has previously worked at the Institute of International Education and the American Red Cross. Ashley holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from the School of International Service, American University in Washington, D.C. 


Sean Barry, Program Coordinator
​Sean Barry is a program coordinator for the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Sean interned at Morgan Stanley and gained experience in data management and analysis, sourcing, and research and due diligence. He also has experience in private equity and government relations. In 2018, he graduated from Georgetown University where he majored in Government and served as Captain of the crew team.
 


For more information about the Fellowship, contact Ashley Sillaro