Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, building a strong community of Fellows, and leveraging the Institute's commitment to high-integrity, action-oriented leadership, the program inspires 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 designed to challenge themselves and advance the role of finance in society. See a list of all the Finance Leaders Fellowship here.
The Fellowship Experience:
- Engages Fellows in a thought-provoking journey of personal exploration and understanding of what their definition of "the good society" is.
- Forges a global network of finance leaders deeply committed to each other and the betterment of society.
- Encourages Fellows to reflect on the historical importance of finance in well-functioning societies and current challenges in the sector, inspiring them to play an active role in shaping its future.
Pillars of the Fellowship
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.Read more
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Support the Fellowship
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
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.See More
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Finance Leaders Fellowship News
Twenty-two highly successful leaders ready to leverage their success and existing platforms to broaden their impact have been named to the 2019 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship. Fellows across classes represent various sectors within the industry from around the world including FinTech, banking, asset management, debt and equity ... moreon 05/22/2019 08:50 AM
CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY and discover why leadership matters in the global finance industry We invite you to join us on the journey, first by following the inspiring stories of our Fellows and our community. Then, we hope you will consider how you can play a larger role in ensuring our proven program flourishes for the good of our global ... moreon 01/22/2019 02:48 PM
The Aspen Institute Ideas Magazine - December 2018 Issue "Smart Money" December 15, 2018 In October 2018, the inaugural class of 22 Finance Leaders fellows completed the two-year active phase of the fellowship. Fellows hail from around the world and across the finance industry ecosystem, including financial services, pensions and endowments, ... moreon 01/17/2019 09:29 AM
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Nomination InformationIdeal 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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About the Finance Leaders Fellowship
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.
Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director
Jennifer Simpson is the executive 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.
Jennifer Vogt, Program Manager
Jennifer Vogt is a program manager for the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been committed to fostering public dialogue around reshaping finance for good and engaging future thought and business leaders to think differently about how market economies work. Prior to joining Aspen, she worked as part of the Ashoka Social Financial Services team to facilitate some of the most powerful market-based structural innovations happening in the world today. Jennifer earned her PhD in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University for research on development programs promoting social entrepreneurship and cultural heritage among artisan producers in Peru. She received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish from Transylvania University in Kentucky.
Ashley Sillaro, Senior Program Coordinator
Ashley Sillaro is the senior 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.