Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum Annual Convening

May 31, 2015 - June 3, 2015
Aspen , CO, United States

*This event is by invitation only. 

Annual convening of the Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum. The Leaders Forum is for senior sustainability/corporate responsibility executives who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable company.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:00pm

*This event is by invitation only. 

Annual convening of the Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum. The Leaders Forum is for senior sustainability/corporate responsibility executives who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable company.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Washington Center for Urban Innovation

*This event is by invitation only. 

Featuring DC Mayor Muriel Bowser in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson and a distinguished panel including:

  • Mary Brown, DC Promise Neighborhood
  • Sheila Herrling, Case Foundation
  • Daniel Winston, Split Technology

The discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Bradley, director of the Center for Urban Innovation, at Google DC.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Washington Community Strategies Group
"Rooting Opportunity" will help practitioners explore a wide range of economic development partnerships that are advancing regional prosperity and self-reliance, the strength of key sectors, business success, and the livelihoods of low-income people, places, and firms — all at the same time. Read More
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. The seminar is a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of the present and reflect with other leaders in moderated, text-based Socratic dialogue on the concept of a good and just society: What is it? How does it become a reality?

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 5:00pm
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy. Read More
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 6:30pm to Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Energy and Environment Program

The 2015 Forum on Global Energy, Economy, and Security will  examine new pricing realities in international oil and gas markets.

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New York

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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 Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur, and Corby Kummer, food critic.

Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who first caught the attention of the culinary world at Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit. The author of several books including the James Beard award winning "The Soul of a New Cuisine," "Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home," and "Yes, Chef," he served as a judge on "Chopped," and was the winner on Bravo’s "Top Chef Masters: Season Two" as well as the second season of "Chopped All-Stars."

In 2009, Marcus was selected as a guest chef at the White House. His philanthropic work includes serving as UNICEF ambassador and as a board member of Careers through Culinary Arts Program. His iconic restaurant Red Rooster Harlem has earned countless accolades for its food, style and connection to the community. In May, Marcus opened Streetbird Rotisserie and partnered with Mayor Bill De Blasio, former President Bill Clinton, and Tren’ness Wood-Black for Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival. 

Corby Kummer is the long time food critic for The Atlantic and Boston Magazine. He is a frequent food commentator on television and radio and the recipient of five James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 4:00pm to Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain gateway to the literary world. Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent literary festivals, Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week each June. The exceptional faculty and awe-inspiring mountain scenery combine to make this a writing retreat like no other. Read More
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 10:00am
Aspen Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

The Seminar for Mid-America Foundation CEOs is an invitation-only gathering for executives from foundations located in the middle and southern parts of the country.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us following the McCloskey Lecture featuring former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter to celebrate the beginning of summer for the Society of Fellows; featuring remarks by Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 5:00pm
The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Read More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Aspen Aspen Words
Garrison Keillor, author, storyteller, humorist, and host of the longstanding public radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” is this year’s featured speaker. Read More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Saturday, July 4, 2015
The 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival will take place June 25 – July 4, on our campus in Aspen, CO. As we plan the Festival and specific details emerge, we will share news and updates at and through e-newsletters, Twitter, and Facebook. We’ll introduce you to presenters, link the topics at the Festival to timely issues in the news, and offer insights into the Festival agenda. Please check your email in the weeks and months to come for exciting news and program updates! Read More
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Aspen Justice and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Every summer the Justice & Society Seminar, co-founded by the late Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and held in Aspen, CO, brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds to discuss what we mean by justice and how a just society ought to structure its legal, judicial, and political institutions.

Roundtable discussions are led by two distinguished and experienced moderators: a judge and a professor of law or political theory. This year's Seminar moderators are Dr. Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin; and Hon. Deanell Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Seminar participants are distinguished individuals chosen from a variety of fields who bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the discussion. Click here for more information about the seminar.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 5:30pm to Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and professor at George Washington University Law School, and Tom Goldstein, founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog and partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

This event will feature a discussion examining recent Supreme Court decisions and personal judicial insights with two highly acclaimed legal experts.

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

In conjunction with the Justice and Society Program

Featuring Dr. John Martin, director of the Immigration and the State Court Initiative, in conversation with Meryl Chertoff, executive director of the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program, for an examination of how the courts, law enforcement, and social service agencies are managing the influx of trafficked US laborers and child victims over the southern US border.

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 6:00pm to Monday, July 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
The Aspen Institute Socrates Program invites you to join us in Aspen, Colorado, for an exciting weekend of learning and summer activities over the July 4th weekend, July 10-13, 2015. Choose one of five expert-moderated seminars available! Read More
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This dinner benefits the Socrates Program for Emerging Leaders. The evening will honor Jeffrey Rosen and feature speaker Reid Hoffman. It is co-chaired by Laura and Gary Lauder and Mona Williams and Scott Sillers, and will be held in the Doerr-Hosier Center from 6:00-9:00 pm.

About the Honoree: 

Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

Professor Rosen's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."

About the Speaker:

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses.  He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth.

In 2009 Reid joined Greylock Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. His areas of focus include consumer internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. His investments include Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla (Firefox), Shopkick, Swipely, Wrapp,, Groupon, and Viki. Prior to joining Greylock, he personally invested in dozens of internet companies including Facebook, Flickr, and Zynga.

In 2003 Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 300 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing.  Hoffman continues to serve as LinkedIn’s Executive Chairman. 

Prior to LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government, and legal. He was instrumental to PayPal’s acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard, and Wells Fargo. 

Reid serves on the boards of Airbnb, Swipely, Mozilla Corporation, Shopkick, Wrapp, and Edmodo. In addition, he also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, and DoSomething.

Reid is a co-author of two books: the New York Times bestsellers The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, and The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. 

Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Featuring Steven Johnson, best-selling author of "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World."