Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference

March 5, 2015
Tunis, Tunisia

Middle East Programs

The third annual US-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference serves as a forum for convening government officials, business and civil society leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the US and North Africa.

The one-day conference will showcase business potential in the region, with the aim of advancing partnerships in the areas of entrepreneurship, education, impact investing, and high-growth sectors.

Speakers include:
Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Former US Secretary of State
Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce
Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Bowman Cutter, Chairman of the Board, Tunisian-American Enterprise Fund
Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State
Charles Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services
Jeffrey Avina, Director of MENA, Microsoft Citizenship and Community Affairs

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8:30am - 9:00pm
Tunis Middle East Programs

The third annual US-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference serves as a forum for convening government officials, business and civil society leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the US and North Africa.

The one-day conference will showcase business potential in the region, with the aim of advancing partnerships in the areas of entrepreneurship, education, impact investing, and high-growth sectors.

Speakers include:
Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Former US Secretary of State
Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce
Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Bowman Cutter, Chairman of the Board, Tunisian-American Enterprise Fund
Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State
Charles Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services
Jeffrey Avina, Director of MENA, Microsoft Citizenship and Community Affairs

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Washington Franklin Project
On March 5th the Franklin Project is hosting an event at the Aspen Institute DC headquarters featuring a panel of national service and employment leaders to discuss how hiring decisions are made, what skills national service alumni bring to employers, and the future of the Employers of National Service initiative. Read More
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
Austin Communications and Society Program

The SXSWedu summit “Designing Principles for a Trusted Environment” highlights the principles and issues in designing trusted environments for learning.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Aspen

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Human Trafficking in the 21st Century.

Human trafficking represents a multibillion in international trade per annum and continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. While undeniably a global phenomenon, the U.S., as one of the world’s leading human trafficking importers, bears a special responsibility to combat this practice. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling traffickers to exploit millions of victims.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Phil Klay, veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, discussing his collection of short stories Redeployment (Penguin Press). Read More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Global Alliances Program

Did you know that 4 million premature deaths occur every year as a result of 3 billion people cooking their food over smoky open fires or inefficient cookstoves? Exposure to smoke from cooking is not only equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, but presents an economic burden for the world's poorest families, some of whom spend upwards of one-third of family income purchasing fuel or 3+ hours cooking a single meal due to inefficient cookstoves and traditional practices.

Clean-burning and fuel-efficient cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution by up to 90 percent and require 80 percent less fuel than traditional stoves.

Join Prakti co-founder and CEO, Mouhsine Serrar and board member, Alice Lin Fabiano, for an enlightening discussion of innovation, impact and challenges preventing scale of the clean cooking sector, moderated by Aspen’s Global Alliances Program Executive Director Mickey Bergman.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen
Literary fiction, investigative journalism, cultural reflection, poetry … Winter Words 2015 has it all. This year’s series features some of the most heralded and innovative writers of our time. Please join us at Paepcke auditorium for five evenings of readings, musings, and conversations designed to challenge, surprise and delight. Read More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Atherton

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for a Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter in Atherton, CA featuring Tom Byers, a visionary in innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship, and a panel of Stanford colleagues on whether innovation and entrepreneurship can be taught. Together, they will tackle the question of what entrepreneurship, innovation, and design thinking have to do with moonshots, college education, classical music, and the Renaissance.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Los Angeles

*This event is by invitation only.

Students teams from across Los Angeles will reconvene to present their solutions to a panel of judges in the third annual Aspen Challenge: Los Angeles competition. Numerous awards will be given, and one team will be selected to advance and present their work at the 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 9:00am to Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
TBD
The Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) is a nonprofit organization that identifies and motivates effective and successful young leaders across Central America, who are capable of guiding their countries as they struggle to align the social and economic demands of the region with local visions of a "good society." Read More
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 7:30am to Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 5:30pm
Washington Community Strategies Group
We invite you to explore the workshop agenda and join us for this two-day peer exchange workshop on March 16-17, 2015. Read More
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 8:30am to Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:30pm
Aspen

*This event is by invitation only. This event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

Moderated by Carol Adelman, President, Movers & Shakespeares; and Joe Daniels, President and CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Issues of violence engulf contemporary society, and we are constantly confronted with the choice between seeking vengeance or seeking forgiveness. This three-morning symposium invites participants to a deeper dialogue about this fundamental human dilemma. A close reading of Shakespeare's The Tempest and a focus on the work of the 9/11 Memorial will frame the discussion. What are we to make of threats of terrorism at home and abroad? Questions of police brutality? Domestic abuse by professional athletes? From individuals to society, from underlying motivations to consequences, we'll weigh Shakespeare's assertion, "the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance." Through readings, multimedia presentations, lecture, and dialogue, the session offers a timely exploration of these timeless issues.

Please find the symposium agenda here.

Opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.
Fee: $495 participant; $295 auditor. 

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program

This event has been cancelled. 

Following a spectacular opening in Paris this past December, renowned ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon makes his Broadway directorial debut in April with his stage musical adaptation of the classic film An American in Paris. Wheeldon and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel have enjoyed a long friendship and partnership, beginning at New York City Ballet, where Wheeldon created five ballets starring Woetzel, and carrying through the Vail International Dance Festival, where Woetzel has presented debut performances of numerous Wheeldon works. They will join together for a conversation about Wheeldon’s career and his new Broadway production.

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program

Harry Belafonte exposed America to world music and has spent his life challenging and overturning racial barriers. He played a key role in the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington, led in the development of the Grammy-winning song “We are the World,” and was active in efforts to end apartheid in South Africa and obtain the release Nelson Mandela. He recently founded the Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, a non-profit social justice organization that utilizes the power of culture and celebrity in partnership with activism.

Belafonte will discuss his lifetime of art and service, and explore the unique power of the arts to address the political issues that trouble us today.

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspen
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this seminar series will use the Bard as a lens through which to frame the Enlightenment ideas and ideals that shape the American Democratic Experiment. Following the structure of “Athens to Aspen”, the curriculum will comprise three, three-month thematic modules, each drawing upon: texts from the European Enlightenment, a Shakespeare play, and text about American politics and culture. Read More
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Aspen

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Brazil's Metamorphosis.

Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — deep divisions over how to tackle serious income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership — have held it back.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 5:00pm
TBD
The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using a time-tested method of text-based dialogue, the program provides participants the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Read More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New York

*This invitation is by invitation only.

The series "Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch" — underwritten by the children of the late Bob Tisch, a businessman and philanthropist — highlights great leadership in action through interviews with key leaders from all sectors of civic life.

The program will feature a conversation between Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation and a moderator.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:00am to Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 5:00pm
Pawleys Island
Liberty Fellowship is an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina. The program started in 2004 as a partnership of Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and the Aspen Institute and has offices in Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina. Read More
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 8:00am - 8:00pm
Washington

*This event is by invitation only.

Twenty high school teams from across Washington will reconvene and present their solutions to critical challenges that will have been issued to them just seven weeks prior. The competition will include on-stage presentations in the morning, and feature an exhibit period in the afternoon. Awards for Impact, Best Exhibit, Team Work, and more will be given. Three teams will be selected by judges to present at the 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

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