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 and a leadership project designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and to hone their 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.

The Program

Each class of 20-22 Henry Crown Fellows is chosen from a wide pool of accomplished entrepreneurial leaders (between the ages of 30 and 45). These Fellows have already achieved considerable success in the private or public sector and are at an inflection point in their lives or careers—looking toward the broader role they might take on in their communities or globally. The two-year program is comprised of a structured series of four seminars (approximately 24 days in total) under the guidance of skilled senior moderators of the Aspen Institute along with a required leadership project of each Fellow’s own design and choosing.  Seminars are held at the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado, the Wye River facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and at other locations around the world.

Upon graduation from the two-year program, Fellows are invited to continue their engagement with members of their class, with other Henry Crown Fellows, with members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and with various other aspects of the Aspen Institute. 

Individuals cannot apply for the Henry Crown Fellowship Program; they must be nominated by recognized leaders of the business and professional communities or by Fellows, Senior Mentors, and members of the Henry Crown Fellowship Board of Overseers or the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. 

Senior Leadership

Executive Director - Peter A. Reiling (Henry Crown Fellow, Class of 1998) is Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program and the Aspen Institute’s Executive Vice President for Leadership and Seminar Programs. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he was President and CEO of TechnoServe, an international organization backing entrepreneurs in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Central Europe.

Tonya HinchManaging Director - Tonya Hinch (Henry Crown Fellow, Class of 2007) joined the Aspen Institute in 2014 as Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program. She is a veteran of Procter & Gamble, Clairol and Neutrogena, and has also served as Executive Vice President for School Operations of Edison Schools. She relocated to Washington, DC from Crossville, TN after selling her family business, Hinch & Associates, a regional insurance agency.