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

*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
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
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

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

*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

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 
Fee: $20.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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
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

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
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


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

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 3:00pm
Washington 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.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Washington Food Security Strategy Group


  • 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 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
*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
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:45am - 11:30am
Washington 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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

*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).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

*This event is by invitation only. 

Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. will discuss technology, entrepreneurship, and the art of collaboration with moderator Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" (Simon and Schuster).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington 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
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

*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.