Fellows must be nominated by a third party and selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in the program. They remain in their jobs while they participate in the Fellowship. Each class consists of 20 Fellows who participate in four seminars of 5 to 7 days each, directed by experienced Aspen Institute-certified instructors. Fellows must commit to attending all four seminars in their entirety (approximately 26 days of seminar meetings). Seminars are held at the Aspen Institute campuses in Aspen, CO and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and in Greenville, SC. 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, on a case by case basis, for travel.

Each Fellow must also commit to designing and launching a leadership venture of his or her own choosing. The venture is an opportunity for Fellows to put their values into action and to apply the sorts of leadership principles and practices they study together around the seminar table. Ventures stretch the Fellows and mobilize their skills and resources to address a compelling US health care challenges. Successful ventures engage Fellows’ personal passion, challenge them to be creative and ambitious, and can be sustained over time.

Health Innovator Fellows join the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), a growing, worldwide community of high integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sectors. The AGLN is now composed of more than 2,300 Fellows from 50 countries who were selected to participate in one of 14 geographic or sector-specific Fellowships around the world. Fellows share a commitment to values-based leadership and moving from “success to significance” as they tackle pressing societal challenges.

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