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The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector -- currently more than 2,000 "Fellows" from 48 countries -- who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, China, Central America, India and the Middle East. Learn more.

Ascend The Ascend Fellowship

Launched in 2012 by the Ascend program, the Ascend Fellowship recognizes that breakthrough ideas come from different sectors and communities. The fellowship targets diverse pioneers paving new pathways that break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Ascend Fellows are a network of leaders from across the country who share knowledge, develop and test ideas, and coordinate their efforts. Ascend supports the Fellows with resources and a platform to accelerate the creation, amplification, and expansion of proven and promising two-generation strategies that focus on parents and children together. The 18-month fellowship experience provides a space for innovation and collaboration, and increases the impact of the Fellows' work, strengthens their leadership capacity and networks, fuels their passion, and, most importantly – inspires action. Learn more.

The Aspen Challenge, launched by the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation, provides a platform for young people to design solutions to some of the most critical and complicated problems we face. Learn more.

The First Movers Fellowship serves as an innovation lab for exceptional individuals in business today who are implementing breakthrough strategies to create profitable business growth and positive social change. Over the course of a year, Fellows participate in three seminars built around four core themes: innovation, reflection, leadership and community. Working with each other, and with a team of mentors inside their organization, they will learn how to convert a compelling idea into new products, services, processes and business models. The program will also provide them with the skills they need to lead change within their organizations. Learn more.

Franklin Project

The Franklin Project Ambassadors Program is a year-long leadership development program and local engagement strategy. It’s inaugural 2015-2016 class includes 45 community leaders from 25 states and 35 cities across the country. The Ambassadors program has three goals: 1) Make national service part of the 2016 election conversation; 2) Increase the number of service year positions available in communities across the US; and 3) Steward the next generation of national service leaders. During the course of the program, Ambassadors will work with local stakeholders to work toward making national service a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage in their communities. Learn more.

New Voices Fellowship

The New Voices Fellowship is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. The Fellowship offers development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers. Learn more.