Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
San Fernando

*This event is by invitation only.

For the third year, the Aspen Challenge will kick off in Los Angeles with a forum for students and teachers from partner high schools. At the forum, leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues present challenges to the teams. Following the forum, teams will have seven weeks to design a solution to their selected challenge. They will reconvene to present their solutions on stage in a daylong competition, and one team will be selected to advance and showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and John Bridgeland, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council discussing their latest book Moneyball for Government (Disruption Books). Read More
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
San Francisco

This event is at capacity. We cannot take any more registrations at this time.

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

Featuring Ken Burns, Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:00am to Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:00pm
Energy and Environment Program

This experiential seminar will introduce participants to the debates and changes surrounding conservation, and will include readings from the Energy and Environment Program’s Nature and Society Seminar.

Our goal is to offer a platform for global thinkers and leaders to explore conservation and human well-being in the context of Chile’s rich natural resources. Participants will share their ideas about how economic development and natural resource protection is interconnected, and discuss past successes and ongoing obstacles to conservation.

This seminar will be led by The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva and Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program Director David Monsma. 

Contact Nicole Buckley for more details.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Davis

Please join American Public Media’s Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal as he moderates a timely discussion with entrepreneurs and investors thinking
 outside the box about current challenges facing the food and agriculture industry.

Discussants:

Ralph Jerome, Vice-President Corporate Innovation, Mars, Incorporated

Adrianna Ma, Managing Director, General Atlantic

Christopher Michel, Founder, Military.com, Affinity Labs and Nautilus Ventures

Josh Tetrick, Founder & CEO, Hampton Creek

Alex Wilcox, Co-Founder & CEO, JetSuite; Founding Executive, JetBlue

Monday, January 12, 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
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 7:00am to Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:00am
Silicon Valley

In association with the Blackstone Foundation, Middle East Programs (MEP) is pleased to host its first week-long mentorship program for promising entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa. Through a week-long educational curriculum featuring experts in tech and business-building, ten leaders of fast-growing ventures will confront their greatest obstacles and channels for growth.

To learn more please visit The Aspen-Blackstone Middle East Entrepreneurship Program (MEEP) website, here.

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Queenstown

Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only.

Anthony J. Principi, former Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (2001-2005), will lead a strategic discussion of what veterans’ rights should be and what the US can afford understanding the obligations owed its veterans. Mr. Principi will also address the recent challenges facing the Veterans Administration.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Denver

*This event is by invitation only.

For the second year, the Aspen Challenge: Denver will kick off with a forum for students and teachers from 21 high schools across the city. At the forum, leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues present challenges to the teams. Following the forum, teams will have seven weeks to design a solution to their selected challenge. They will reconvene and present their solutions on stage in a daylong competition, and one team will be selected to advance and showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
New York Business and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Purpose & Background: The Aspen Institute seeks to convene a vanguard of corporate issuers, represented initially by CFOs, with select fund managers to discuss ways to better communicate drivers of long-term value to each other and the markets. 

This endeavor builds on a decade of work by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, where Aspen BSP has engaged diverse corporate executives, investors, academics, and governance experts. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, January 11, 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
Tuesday, January 6, 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
Monday, December 29, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen

The annual Aspen Institute Holiday Reception will feature remarks by Aspen Institute trustee Mike Bezos and Jackie Bezos, founders of the Aspen Challenge and the Bezos Scholars Program.

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Aspen

*This event is by invitation only. This event is for Vanguard Chapter Society of Fellows members only.

In an increasingly fragmented society, where does one seek inspiration? Whose stories and examples offer trustworthy patterns for a life well lived? This intimate evening discussion will be led by a panel of Aspen Institute trustees, including Arjun Gupta, Chairman Emeritus Ann Korologos, and Chairman Emeritus Bill Mayer, who will offer personal reflections on sources of hope, renewal, and inspiration.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Aspen

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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen
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
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 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
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Queenstown

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."

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 2:45pm
Queenstown
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
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 3:00pm
Washington 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

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