SOF Fireside Chat and Reception: Making Government Work

December 18, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

Electronic healthcare records, immigration reform, data anchoring, cyber and mobile security. Can the government make it work? David Zolet, a Washington technology expert, thinks so, and has examples to prove his point. What works, he contends, is for government to move from product-based to consumption-based service models, whether to give real-time data to our troops in the field, to offer healthcare to citizens, or to optimize financial systems. Zolet, executive vice president of the government arm of next-gen IT provider, CSC, will share successes, lessons learned, three main points for making government work. After earning two Master degrees -- an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, Zolet began his twenty-plus year career in government services. Along the way, he worked for Northrop Grumman, IBM and now CSC, where he runs a $4.1 billion business unit supporting f ederal, state and local government agencies.

There will be a short reception beginning at 5:30 preceeding the program which begins at 6:00 pm.

Complimentary for Fellows and Aspen Community Friends and Subscribers. Donors may reserve tickets by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org. 
Fee: $20.

December 18, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

Electronic healthcare records, immigration reform, data anchoring, cyber and mobile security. Can the government make it work? David Zolet, a Washington technology expert, thinks so, and has examples to prove his point. What works, he contends, is for government to move from product-based to consumption-based service models, whether to give real-time data to our troops in the field, to offer healthcare to citizens, or to optimize financial systems. Zolet, executive vice president of the government arm of next-gen IT provider, CSC, will share successes, lessons learned, three main points for making government work. After earning two Master degrees -- an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, Zolet began his twenty-plus year career in government services. Along the way, he worked for Northrop Grumman, IBM and now CSC, where he runs a $4.1 billion business unit supporting f ederal, state and local government agencies.

There will be a short reception beginning at 5:30 preceeding the program which begins at 6:00 pm.

Complimentary for Fellows and Aspen Community Friends and Subscribers. Donors may reserve tickets by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org. 
Fee: $20.

December 17, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Featuring Goldie Hawn, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author, child advocate and philanthropist. Ms. Hawn will speak about her ground-breaking MindUP™ program, the result of 10 years of collaboration with neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and experts in the field of mindful awareness training. The signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation, MindUP™ is a social and emotional literacy curriculum and training program which currently serves children and schools across five continents. Accredited by CASEL, MindUP™ equips children, educators and parents with vital social and emotional literacy skills, helping them increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stress, and gain emotional resilience and optimism. Read More
December 15, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
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
December 12, 2014
Queenstown, MD

This event is by invitation only.

Aspen Holiday Open House, preceded by a Fireside Chat with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson discussing his new book "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution."

December 12, 2014
Queenstown, MD
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute, will be discussing his new book The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Read More
December 11, 2014
Washington, DC
Food Security Strategy Group

The true impact of Ebola on West Africa is only beginning to come into view.  In addition to the crippling human toll, Ebola has wrought havoc on the economies and food systems of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  Interdependent industries such as agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing have all been disrupted.

December 11, 2014
Washington, DC
Food Security Strategy Group

Featuring

Dr. Lynn Black
Chair, Board of Directors, Last Mile Health and
Attending Physician, Mass General Hospital

Christopher Kirchhoff
Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

December 11, 2014
Washington, DC
Food Security Strategy Group

Speakers:

  • Dr. Lynn Black, chair, board of directors, Last Mile Health and attending physician, Mass General Hospital
  • Christopher Kirchhoff, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Rick Leach, CEO, World Food Program USA

Moderated by Dan Glickman, executive director, Aspen Congressional Program and former US Secretary of Agriculture 

December 11, 2014
Washington, DC
*This event is by invitation only. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature David Ignatius, associate editor at columnist at The Washington Post, discussing his latest novel "The Director" (W.W. Norton & Company). Read More
December 11, 2014
Washington, DC
Ascend

This roundtable will explore the lessons learned from the Aspen Institute’s report and survey on impact investing and the opportunities it offers for advancing economic mobility for low-income families in the US. We will hear from field leaders about opportunities and challenges and go under the hood on a few deals with the people who made them happen.

The event will feature the following speakers and moderators:

  • Melissa Bradley, acting director, White House Social Innovation Fund, and professor, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
  • Ben Hecht, president and CEO, Living Cities
  • Elliot Gerson, executive vice president, the Aspen Institute
  • Surya Kolluri, managing director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Aaron Lieberman, CEO, Acelero Learning
  • Anne Mosle, vice president, the Aspen Institute
  • Caitlin Reimers Brumme, director, Social Finance, Inc.
  • Reginald Sanders, director of investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Debra Schwartz, director of program-related investments, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Jane Wales, vice president, the Aspen Institute
  • Kate Wolford, president, The McKnight Foundation

December 10, 2014
Austin, TX, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and Aspen Across America present Michael Dell Founder and CEO, Dell Inc. discussing Technology, Entrepreneurship and the Art of Collaboration with moderator Walter Isaacson President and CEO, The Aspen Institute and author of The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (Simon and Schuster).

December 10, 2014
Washington, DC
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)
Rip Rapson, attorney and expert in urban policy, is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a $3.7 billion national, private foundation based in Detroit. Read More
December 9, 2014
Washington, DC

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

Coming into its 10th year, the Roberts Court has set legal decisions on leading issues of our time. This private discussion will explore the trends, personalities, and identity of today's Supreme Court. Topics will include free speech and same-sex marriage, along with upcoming cases. This moderated discussion will offer an insider's view of the current Court, trends to watch, and implications for the near future.

December 8, 2014
New York, NY
On December 8th, Rep. John Lewis will be presented with the Aspen Institute 2014 Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership. Read More
December 8, 2014
Dallas, TX

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

Featuring Eric Motley and Peter Waanders on the future of the Aspen Institute.

December 7, 2014 - December 9, 2014
Wye, MD
Roundtable on Community Change
The purpose of this forum is to step back from daily pressures and focus the most innovative minds in journalism on the profession's role in changing the current odds for children and communities of color. Read More
December 7, 2014 - December 10, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Modeled after the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar which has been convening leaders from around the world for over 60 years, this four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills for middle school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Institute’s proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to think about what is important to them against the backdrop of timeless human values. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they navigate their lives as teenagers. Read More
December 7, 2014 - December 13, 2014
Global Alliances Program

The Aspen Institute and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement will co-lead a business and investment delegation to Myanmar. This delegation follows a previous one, and looks to build upon the initial business-relations and partnerships established during the previous delegation. 

December 4, 2014 - December 7, 2014
Aspen, CO
The Aspen Life Reimagined Seminar offers a reflective process in a natural environment that allows you to pause and reconnect with what’s most important to you, to refocus or reimagine how you spend your time and your talents. Read More
December 3, 2014 - December 4, 2014
Paris, France
For twenty years, the Aspen France Institute has gathered leading European and African figures. The spirit of Aspen is characterized by its desire to bring together different viewpoints and create a platform where its’ participants have the power of persuasion and action. Furthermore, the Aspen Europe-Africa initiative is committed to fostering dialogue and creating new opportunities for the two continents. Read More

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