Paul F. Anderson
Senior Advisor
Booz & Company

Mehrdad Baghai
Managing Director
Alchemy Growth Partners

A. George (Skip) Battle
Senior Fellow
The Aspen Institute

Laurence D. Belfer
Chief Executive Officer
Belfer Management, LLC

Keith Berwick
Senior Fellow,
Keith Berwick Chair of Leadership
The Aspen Institute

Beth A. Brooke
Global Vice Chair for Public Policy
Ernst & Young, LLP

Pauline Brown
Chairman of North America
LVMH Inc.

William D.Budinger
Founder, Former Chairman and CEO
Rodel, Inc.

James (Jim) Schine Crown
President
Henry Crown and Company

Lester Crown
Chairman
Henry Crown & Company

Steven Crown
General Partner
Henry Crown and Company

Susan Crown
Vice President
Henry Crown & Company

Andrea (Andy) Cunningham
Founder and President

SeriesC

John Danner
Senior Fellow, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

Richard Danzig
Director
Center for a New American Security

Benjamin Dunlap
President Emeritus
Wofford College

Janet Froetscher
President and CEO
National Safety Council

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor; Director of the W.E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
Harvard University

Patrick W. Gross
Chairman
The Lovell Group

Arjun Gupta
Chief Believer

TeleSoft Partners

Philip L. Harris
Partner
Jenner & Block LLC—Chicago

Henrietta Holsman Fore
Chairman and CEO
Holsman International

Mark S. Hoplamazian
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Walter Isaacson
President and CEO
The Aspen Institute

Clay Johnson
Former Deputy Director, Management
Office of Management and Budget
U.S. White House

Ann McLaughlin Korologos
Chairman Emeritus
The Aspen Institute

Stace D. Lindsay
President
Fusion Venture Partners

Frederic V. Malek
Founder and Chairman
Thayer Lodging Group

James Manyika
Senior Partner, Director

McKinsey & Co., McKinsey Global Institute

William E. Mayer
Chairman Emeritus (2000-2008)
The Aspen Institute
Senior Partner
Park Avenue Equity Partners

John W. McCarter, Jr.
President Emeritus
The Field Museum of Natural History

Thomas D. McCloskey
Chairman and CEO
Cornerstone Holdings

David McCormick
Co-President 
Bridgewater Associates L.P.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Founder & CEO
Pace Communications

Anne Welsh McNulty
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
JBK Partners

Clare Muñana
President and CEO
Ancora Associates, Inc.

Ranji Nagaswami
Private Investor

Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder and CEO
Acumen

Christy Bieber Orris
Former Chief Executive Officer
ATEK Companies

Elaine Pagels
Professor of Religion
Princeton University

Michael Powell
President and CEO
National Cable and Telecomunications Association

Margot L. Pritzker
Founder and President
WomenOnCall.org

Thomas J. Pritzker
Executive Chairman
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Joanna Rees
Managing Director, Soda Rock Partners LLC
Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst 

Peter A. Reiling
Executive VP, Leadership & Seminar Programs and Executive Dir., Henry Crown Fellowship Program
The Aspen Institute

Lynda Resnick
Co-Owner and Vice Chairman
Roll Global

Dr. Harry J. Saal
Chairman
ZERO1

Sue Siegel
CEO, healthymagination and Corporate VP
General Electric Co.

Anna Deveare Smith
Actress, Playwright
Founding Director
Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue

Roger M. Widmann
CEO
Cutwater Associates, LLC

Alice Young
Special Counsel and Chair, Asia Pacific Practice
Kaye Scholer LLP

 


Paul F. Anderson

Paul F. Anderson is a recently retired senior partner of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Booz & Co. During his 40+ year career at Booz Allen, Paul had a wide range of responsibilities and experiences. From 1975-1983, he was Managing Partner of the firm's activities in Europe from his base in Paris. He then became involved with the firm's work in the automotive industry where he helped form and then lead the firm's global Automotive Practice and where he practiced for the rest of his Booz Allen career. During his last four years with the firm, Paul was responsible for rebuilding the firm's presence in Japan. In his second tour of duty as the firm's Chief Personnel officer in the mid-90's, he also spearheaded a pioneering research and consulting effort in the area of organizational leadership working in partnership with the World Economic Forum.  In addition to his work in the commercial world, Paul has considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector both through his consulting work and through his membership on the board's of the University of Chicago Medical Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Aspen Institute. In 1968-69, Paul served as a White House Fellow where he carried out assignments for the President's Science Advisor, the President's Domestic Advisor and in the Office of Economic Opportunity.  Paul is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Carnegie-Mellon University. He and his wife Mary reside in Chicago and have a home in Telluride, Colorado.


Mehrdad Baghai

*Mehrdad Baghai is managing director of Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique advisory and venture firm in Sydney, Australia. Mehrdad has been advising large global companies on growth, organization design and transformation for the last 20 years. Mehrdad is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller As One as well the international bestsellers, The Alchemy of Growth and The Granularity of Growth. Previously, Mehrdad was a partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey and Company and co-leader of the Firm's worldwide Growth Practice. He travels widely and is frequently asked to address business audiences about emerging ideas in the field of management. Mehrdad is Executive Chairman of Emue Technologies, the worldwide leader in authentication and personal identity protection. Mehrdad has also served as an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, with overarching responsibility for growth. Mehrdad is co-founder of High Resolves, a community project around global citizenship which has reached almost 20,000 high school students. Mehrdad received a B.S.E. from Princeton University, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. at Harvard Law School. He is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


A. George Battle

A. George (Skip) Battle is a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a long time Institute moderator.  He was previously Executive Chairman of the board of Ask Jeeves, Inc. which was acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp in July 2005. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the company from 2000 to 2003. From 1968 until his retirement in 1995, Skip served in management roles at Arthur Andersen LLP and then Andersen Consulting LLP (now Accenture), where he became worldwide managing partner of market development and a member of the firm’s executive committee.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of FICO and as a director of OpenTable, Netflix, LinkedIn, Workday and Expedia, Inc. He was previously a director of the Masters Select Family of Mutual Funds, PeopleSoft, Advent Software and Barra, Inc. He is also a grape farmer in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County, California.  He received a B.A. with Highest Distinction in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Stanford Business School, where he held McCarthy and University Fellowships, and has lectured at Stanford Business School, University of California-Berkeley Business School and the American University.  Skip and his wife Hilary make their home in Berkeley, CA.


Laurence D. Belfer

*Laurence Belfer is Chief Executive Officer of Belfer Management LLC, a family investment firm that emphasizes the energy, real estate and financial services industries. The Belfer family has been investing in the energy business for over 50 years, the real estate business for over 40 years and the financial services business for approximately 30 years. Previously, Laurence served as Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Operating of Belco Oil and Gas Corp. (“Belco”), a public independent exploration and production company. He then served as Director and Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Westport Resources Corp. (the successor to Belco), until it was acquired by Kerr-McGee in a $3.5 billion stock transaction in June 2004. He was also the co-founder of Harvest Capital, a hedge fund focusing on merger arbitrage and event situations. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of The Belfer Foundation and the 92nd St.Y. He has served as Co-Chair of his 10th, 15th and 20th Year College Reunions of Harvard University and is a member of International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. Laurence is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He is a 1988 graduate with honors from Harvard University who earned his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1992. He and his wife, Carolyn, their two sons and daughter live in New York, NY. Laurence is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. 

Keith Berwick
Keith Berwick

Keith Berwick is a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute and inaugural holder of the Keith Berwick Chair of Leadership. As such he moderates seminars for the India Leadership Initiative, the Africa Leadership Initiative, the Catto Fellowship in Environmental Leadership and other programs of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). From 1996 to 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program and from 2003 to 2004 was Executive Vice President for Seminars of the Aspen Institute. A native Canadian, he has had a long and varied career as a historian, educator, television broadcaster, newspaper publisher and editor. He was educated at Syracuse University and the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in U.S. history. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Claremont Graduate School; Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California Graduate School of Business, and has lectured extensively at colleges and universities around the world. He is a four-time Emmy Award winning television broadcaster and principal of Berwick Communication, Inc., a newspaper and communication consulting company. He was founding president of Barry Ambrosetti & Associates, an Italian-American joint venture in global strategic planning, associate editor of Pacific Historical Review and editor of New Management magazine. From 1990 to 1996 he and his wife Sheena were publishers of the Country News, a weekly newspaper on California’s Central Coast. He has served as member of the board of the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Eleos Foundation, and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute. He is author of The American Revolutionary Experience, 1776-1976 and The Federal Age, 1789-1829: America in the Process of Becoming, among other historical works. After living for many years in Southern California, Keith and Sheena now make their home in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Beth Brooke

*Beth Brooke is Global Vice Chair, Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 140 countries and interacts frequently with regulators, policymakers, and capital market stakeholders. In addition, she has global responsibility for the firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named six times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women", and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. As Global Vice Chair, Beth focuses on shaping the firm’s strategic direction and position on public policy, and is one of the profession’s most prominent voices in the public policy arena. Her work includes engaging with regulators, policymakers, business leaders, investors and other key stakeholders around the world to address the critical issues facing the profession and global capital markets. She regularly speaks at forums around the world on topics ranging from leadership in the 21st century, the role of business in society, issues impacting the accounting profession and global capital markets, women’s leadership, and the need for private sector/public sector cooperation to tackle policy challenges. She is consistently recognized in the Directorship 100 and Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential. Beth is passionate about using her leadership platform to make a difference in the world. She is a devoted advocate for the advancement of women around the world. Beth served on the US Delegation to the 53rd and 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Through her leadership, EY joins annually with Forbes to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of women at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Within EY, Beth’s support of the firm’s inclusiveness, mentoring, and flexibility initiatives have contributed to EY’s consistent recognition by FORTUNE as one of the“100 Best Companies to Work For.” Beth has played an active role embedding corporate responsibility into EY’s strategy. She spearheaded the creation of the EY Corporate Responsibility group, including its Fellows Program, which enables the firm’s top performers to spend three months using their expertise to work to help aspiring local entrepreneurs in developing countries. In her work with EY, and for years in her community involvement, Beth has worked in developing countries to support and work with entrepreneurs as engines for poverty alleviation and economic growth. Beth’s policy expertise enabled her to make strong contributions to government as well. During the Clinton Administration, she worked for two years in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts. Prior to her current role at EY, Beth was National Director of Tax Advisory Services in Washington D.C., and previous to that, she worked in both audit and tax in the Indianapolis office where she became the first woman partner there in 1990. Over the course of her career, Beth has served some of the largest companies in the insurance and healthcare industries. Beth has an undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from Purdue University, where she majored in Industrial Management/Computer Science, while playing Intercollegiate Women’s Basketball. In 2012, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Purdue. Beth is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow in the Life Management Institute, a professional designation in the insurance industry. Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. She serves on the Boards of Vital Voices, The Committee for Economic Development, and TechnoServe. Beth is the Co-Chair of the Board of WEConnect International. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard, and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. Beth serves on the board of the Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as the public policy advisory councils for Georgetown University and Indiana University. Beth also served on the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership led by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Pauline Brown

*Pauline Brown Pauline Brown has helped to acquire, grow and lead premium consumer brands for more than 20 years. She is currently Chairman of North America for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury goods company, where she provides regional leadership for more than 60 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, perfumes & cosmetics, watches & jewelry, wines & spirits and selective retailing. She also serves on the Board of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH. Earlier in her career, Pauline was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, where she specialized in investments in the consumer and retail sectors. Prior to Carlyle, she was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Business Development at Avon Products, responsible for developing the company's long-term growth strategy, driving key components of a major restructuring plan and overseeing all external initiatives. Pauline joined Avon from The Estee Lauder Companies, where she was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development in charge of all mergers, acquisitions and licensing efforts. Pauline began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company. She currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Columbia University's Maison Francais, the New York City Investment Fund (Retail & Tourism Group) and Cosmetic Executive Women. She also is on the Advisory Council of the United Nation's World Fashion Forum. Pauline earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the 2008 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.


Bill Budinger

Bill Budinger, inventor, holder of over three dozen patents, founded and served for 33 years as CEO and Chairman of Rodel, Inc. Rodel built plants in Delaware, Arizona, North Carolina, Germany, Japan, and Malaysia to manufacture products for the electronics industry. It was privately held until it joined Rohm and Haas' Shipley Electronics Group in 1997 - 2001. Bill has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and has been a guest lecturer at several universities including MIT and Harvard. His writings have appeared in various law journals as well as trade and public policy magazines. He drafted much of the 1998 patent reform law and has testified on patent, trade, and labor law reform before various committees of the House and Senate. Most of his time is now spent helping the Rodel Foundation pursue its education reform objectives. In 2005, Bill received the Henry Crown Leadership Award for exemplifying values-based leadership throughout his career.


Jim Crown

James (Jim) Schine Crown is President of Henry Crown and Company, a privately owned investment company which invests in public and private securities, real estate and operating companies. He is Lead Director of General Dynamics Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase Corporation. Jim is trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Orchestral Association and University of Chicago. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Jim was born in Chicago in 1953, the son of Lester and Renée (Schine) Crown. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1976 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where he was Projects Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a member of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation. Upon graduating in 1980, Jim joined Salomon Brothers Inc, in New York City, as an associate. He became a Vice President of the Capital Markets Service Group in January 1983. In April 1985 he returned to Chicago to join his family's investment firm. He has been married to the former Paula Hannaway since 1985. They have four children.


Lester Crown

Lester Crown is Chairman of the Henry Crown and Company. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MB.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Lester has served on the boards of General Dynamics (where he previously served as Chairman of the Executive Committee), Maytag Corporation, TWA, Continental Bank of Chicago and Alltel Corporation. He is on the Boards of Northwestern University, The Jerusalem Foundation, Inc., Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Jewish Theological Seminary, the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a member of the Board of Governors, Tel Aviv University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute and a Member of the Board of Overseers of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program. He and his wife Renée live in Chicago.

Steven Crown

Steven Crown serves as a General Partner of Henry Crown and Company. He is also a Director of Commonwealth Edison Company, Farmers Investment Company in Arizona, North Shore University Health System and its Research Institute, Aspen Skiing Company, and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. From 1992-2007, Steve was an Independent Director of Hilton Hotels Corporation. From 1998-2005 he served as an Independent Director of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (formerly Park Place Entertainment Corp). He is a Trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, Claremont McKenna College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Steve is also a member of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Governors. He received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1974, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977.

Susan Crown
Susan Crown

Susan Crown is a Vice President of Henry Crown & Company, a Chicago-based investment firm and the Chairman and Founder of SCE, a social investment organization that connects talent and innovation with market forces to drive social change. SCE’s is now working on the development and distribution of digital media to help children learn skills necessary for the 21st Century workplace and civic life. She is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Illinois Tool Works and Vice Chair of Rush University Medical Center, where she has lead the Facilities Committee during the past five years in rebuilding its campus and main hospital-- Chicago’s first LEED-certified hospital. Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Northern Trust Corporation, and a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and founder/co-chair of NRDC’s Midwest Council. She recently co-chaired CARE’s national conference on global poverty in Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation on food security programs, child marriage and global warming to the U.S. House and Senate. Crown served for 26 years as Chairman of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, a foundation focused in areas including urban education, human services, healthcare, cultural arts and the Middle East. Susan served for a dozen years on the Yale Corporation and as a Co-Chair of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign. She was instrumental in developing the Covenant Foundation, a program supporting and recognizing leadership in Jewish education, and Chaired Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Visual History Foundation, the largest video archive in the world containing the testimony of survivors, rescuers, perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust. Other civic involvements include the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Aspen Valley Community Foundation and serving as a hospice volunteer. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and is a member of the National Finance Committee for the Romney Campaign. Susan holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from New York University. She and her husband William Kunkler have two adult children and live in Chicago.

Andrea Cunningham
Andrea Cunningham

*Andy Cunningham is an entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing,” and has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories including video games; personal computers; desktop publishing; digital imaging; RISC microprocessors; software as a service; very light jets; and clean tech investing. She is an expert in creating and executing marketing, branding and communication strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. Andy came to Silicon Valley in 1983 to work for Regis McKenna and help Steve Jobs launch the Macintosh. When Steve left Apple to form NeXT and acquire Pixar, he chose Andy’s public relations agency, Cunningham Communication, to represent him. She continued to work with Steve for several years and has developed marketing, branding and communication strategies for game-changing technologies and companies ever since. Andy is the founder and president of SeriesC, a brand strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market. The 18-month-old firm has worked with more than 20 companies in various markets including telecommunications, search, energy efficiency, media and publishing, finance, mobile apps, display technology, healthcare, big data and semiconductors. Andy serves on the following boards: The Aspen Institute; Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST); and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, an organization she founded in 2000 with the mission to shape the future at the intersection of art and technology. Past board positions include YPO, WPO, CEO, and the Computer History Museum. She is a 1998 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and holds memberships in WPO, CEO, TED and Women Corporate Directors. Andy graduated from Northwestern University and lives in Palo Alto, California with her aviator family: her husband Rand Siegfried, and their two children, McKinley and Cormac.


John Danner

John Danner has extensive experience advising and managing both large, complex organizations and emerging startup ventures. As a management consultant, he worked in a diverse array of industry settings, from energy and healthcare to consumer products and multimedia. John teaches several MBA courses in venture development and business model innovation at the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. He also launched a popular campus-wide undergraduate course on entrepreneurship to address global poverty. Additionally, he serves as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, where he created an interdisciplinary course on social entrepreneurship and launched a pilot venture development program for student entrepreneurs. He serves on the global faculty for an Intel-sponsored global seminar program on technology entrepreneurship and innovation. He also conducts seminars for Haas’ international Executive Education program; and serves as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute. In addition to his consulting and teaching activities, John’s professional career includes prior experience as an entrepreneur, corporate lawyer and senior policy advisor at both the state and federal government levels. He co-founded a national business newspaper covering the U.S. healthcare industry, and a market research company in his college days. His legal work for a leading international law firm included major client representations in electricity, telecommunications, oil and gas, real estate and investment industries. His public service includes work as a senior aide to then-Governor Bill Clinton, and to U.S. Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler in establishing the U.S. Department of Education. He volunteers for a wide variety of organizations and initiatives, which currently include a nonprofit effort to deliver solar-powered light to maternal clinics in Nigeria, Haiti, and elsewhere; a venture piloting a new approach to offer clean, affordable drinking water to millions of people living on $1-2/day; and an innovative technology approach to helping homeowners manage energy usage. In addition, he serves on the National Advisory Council on Technology and Aging; and is the “grandfather” of TED University. John holds J.D., M.P.H. and M.A.Ed. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; and served as Assistant Editor of the California Law Review. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, where he sang with the Harvard Krokodiloes and performed in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. John has been married for 41 years, has 3 sons and makes his home in Berkeley, CA and New York City.


Richard Danzig

Richard Danzig is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The RAND Corporation, a member of the Defense Policy Board and The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a Trustee of Reed College, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm). In recent time he has been a director of National Semiconductor Corporation (NY Stock Exchange) and Human Genome Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ). He has also served as The Chairman of the Board of The Center for a New American Security and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Dr. Danzig was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues. He served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from Nov. 1998 to Jan. 2001, and was Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997.  Dr. Danzig is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior advisor at the Center for New American Security, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. His primary activity is as a consultant to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on terrorism.   Dr. Danzig was born in New York City in 1944.  He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  Upon his graduation from Yale, Dr. Danzig served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Between 1972 and 1977, Dr. Danzig was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Law at Stanford University, a Prize Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.  During this period, he wrote a book on contract law and articles on constitutional history, contracts, criminal procedure, and law and literature. From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Danzig served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and then as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics.  In 1981, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award.  He received that same honor—the highest Department of Defense civilian award—twice more in 1997 and 2001 for his work with the Navy and Marine Corps. Between 1981 and 1993, Dr. Danzig was a partner in the law firm of Latham and Watkins.  His broad legal practice encompassed white-collar crime defense work, civil litigation, and corporate work, including heading the firm’s Japan practice.  During this time he co-authored a book on National Service, taught contracts at Georgetown Law School, and was a Director of the National Semiconductor Corporation, a Trustee of Reed College, and litigation director and then vice chair of the International Human Rights Group.  In 1991, he was awarded that organization’s Tony Friedrich Memorial Award as pro-bono human rights lawyer of the year. Dr. Danzig and his wife, Andrea, reside in Washington, DC where Mrs. Danzig has an active practice as a psychotherapist.  They have two adult children, David and Lisa.  Mr. Danzig’s recent publications include “Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction” and as co-author of “Aum Shinrikyo: Insights into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons,” both published in 2011 by The Center for a New American Security. 


Benjamin Dunlap

Benjamin (Ben) Dunlap was born in Columbia, South Carolina.  After graduating summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1959, Ben attended Oxford University for three years as a Rhodes Scholar followed by further graduate work at Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature in 1967.  From then until 1993, he held full-time academic appointments at Harvard and the University of South Carolina, where he was awarded both the USC Teacher of the Year Award and the university’s Russell Award for Distinguished Scholarship.  He twice served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Thailand and was a member of the inaugural class of U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellows in Tokyo.  In 1993, he accepted an appointment at Wofford College as the Chapman Family Professor in the Humanities, a position he still holds.  In 2000, he became the 10th president of Wofford College.  Since 1985, Ben has been a frequent moderator for the Aspen Institute in this country and abroad.  In 2007 he was one of “Fifty Remarkable People” making presentations at the annual TED Conference in Monterey.  His many publications include poems, essays, anthologies, guides, and opera libretti, and he has served as writer-producer and on-camera talent for more than 200 Public Television programs, for which he won numerous national and international awards.  For four and a half years in the 1970’s and 80’s, he performed as soloist and principal dancer for the Columbia City Ballet.  In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, Sewanee: The University of the South, and in 2010 he was honored with the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities. 


Janet Froetscher

*Janet Froetscher is President and CEO of the National Safety Council, an organization that saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Under Janet’s leadership, the Council has focused on key safety initiatives, grounded in science, to advance its mission. These include the creation of the Journey to Safety Excellence approach to workplace safety that promotes continuous improvement of leadership and employee engagement, safety management systems, risk reduction and performance measurement. Janet has also led NSC in taking a leadership role on the issues of distracted and teen driving. NSC was the first organization to call for a national ban on cell phone use while driving; has driven 34 states to pass texting laws; and has encouraged corporations to adopt corporate cell phone bans. The Council has also been successful in advocating for better graduated driving license requirements for teen drivers and in promoting education for parents of teen drivers. Janet has spoken widely about critical safety concerns, at many national and international gatherings of public and private sector safety leaders. Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Janet served as chief executive officer of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and chief operating officer of the Aspen Institute. Her corporate experience includes leadership roles within the Commercial Club of Chicago and Bankers Trust Company. Janet holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University. She is a Board member of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and Chicago Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Chicago Network and Commercial Club of Chicago. Janet is a member of the 1998 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.


Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Jr.


Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Jr.
is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities and the chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and serves as the director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research. He is general editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, coeditor of Transition magazine, regular contributor to The New Yorker and the author of several books and articles, as well as writing and hosting a number of documentary films for PBS and the BBC.


Patrick W. Gross

Patrick (Pat) Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm. Through The Lovell Group, he is advising half a dozen private technology and internet commerce firms. Previously, he spent three decades with American Management Systems, Inc., which he founded 1970 with four colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and built it to a $ 1 billion company with 7,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe. He is currently a director of four public companies: Capital One Financial Corporation, Career Education Corporation, Liquidity Services, Inc., and Mobius Management Systems, Inc. He is also a director of several private companies including Sarnoff Corporation and Development Alternatives, Inc. His other leadership positions include Trustee and Chairman of the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development, Vice Chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Technology Leadership Consortium, and cofounder and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. Pat is and has been a director/trustee/board officer of several educational institutions, hospitals/health care organizations, and economics and public policy organizations. He has also been active in the charter school movement in Washington, DC. Pat is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Economic Club of Washington. He attended Cornell University and received a B.E.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as an M.S.E. from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. in 1968 from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Sheila Proby Gross, live in suburban Washington, DC. and Whidbey Island, WA, and have a son and daughter.


Arjun Gupta

*Arjun Gupta is the Chief Believer and Founder of TeleSoft Partners. Over the last two decades, Arjun has overseen investing in and helping build 61 private companies, resulting in 37 acquisitions and IPOs to date. At TeleSoft, he manages capital commitments of $625+ million and has established Corporate Partnerships in the US, Europe, and Israel with Bechtel, Deutsche Telekom, Intel Capital, Salesforce.com, Verizon and Vodaphone. Arjun serves on the Boards of Calient, Validity Sensors, and Nexant. He is also President of his Community Foundation, which supports projects in education, medical research, the environment and the arts. Earlier in his career, Arjun was a Strategy Consultant for hightech clients with McKinsey, and a Software Engineer with Tektronix, Inc. He holds a BA (honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College (India), an MS and BS, Phi Beta Kappa, in Computer Science from WSU, and a MBA from Stanford. Arjun is a member of the 2001 class of Henry Crown Fellows and a Trustee of the Aspen Institute.


Philip L. Harris

*Phil Harris is partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago, where he also serves on the firm’s management committee. His practice focuses on the defense of mass tort, product liability and complex commercial litigation. He is a member of the American, National, Illinois, Chicago and Iowa State Bar Associations. He also is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Since 1990, Phil has served as a Trustee of Northwestern University. He currently is a Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Chicago Zoological Society and the Student Conservation Association and is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. Phil graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 with a BA in political science and in 1983 earned a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Chicago Law School. He has three adult daughters. Phil is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Henrietta Holsman Fore

Henrietta Holsman Fore is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing, consulting, and investment company. The Holsman companies include the 62-year-old Stockton Products, a manufacturer and distributor of steel and wire products, as well as Vicenza, a manufacturer of unique home hardware. In addition, she provides advisory services to several international corporations, including the Coca-Cola Company. Henrietta is a frequent speaker at international forums on corporate governance, international trends, markets, finance, foreign policy and public-private partnerships, including topics from food and water, to women and education. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Director of United States Foreign Assistance, holding the equivalent rank as Deputy Secretary of State. Henrietta was the first woman to serve in these roles. She was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually, including support to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. She oversaw an annual budget of $12.3 billion, and a staff of approximately 8,000, of whom more than 75 percent worked overseas in USAID field offices. She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Henrietta received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow. From 2005 to 2007, she served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of State. She was responsible for the people, resources, facilities, technology and security of the Department and was the Secretary’s principal advisor on management issues. She oversaw a management budget of $3.6 billion, 7,200 employees, 30,000 contractors and 267 embassies and posts in 172 countries. Henrietta served as the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the Department of Treasury from 2001 to 2005. She managed the world's largest manufacturer of coins, medals, and coin products. The United States Mint produced 13 billion coins in 2004 for the nation's trade as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion coins and commemorative coins and medals for investors and collectors. She was elected President of the International Mint Directors. Henrietta received the Alexander Hamilton Award in 2005, the Department of Treasury’s highest honor for her service as Director of the United States Mint. Prior to this, she managed private companies manufacturing steel and cement products for the construction industry. Henrietta serves as Co-Chair of the Asia Society, Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors, and Co-Chair of the North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity. She is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on the Corporate Boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation and Theravance, Inc. Henrietta also serves on the Boards of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Diagnostics for All, Center for Global Development, Initiative for Global Development, and Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 200, International Women’s Forum, Wellesley Business Leadership Council, YPO/WPO, and Chief Executives Organization. She has served on the Corporate Boards of the Dexter Corporation and HSB Group Inc., both listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Henrietta has a B.A. degree in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She received the 2006 Alumnae Award from the Baldwin School, and the 2004 Alumnae Award from the University of Northern Colorado. She has also studied International Politics at Oxford University and studied at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is married and lives in Washington, DC, Nevada, and Florida, and is a keen sailor and collector of antique Holsman Automobiles. 


Mark S. Hoplamazian

*Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in December 2006. Prior to being appointed to his present position, Mark served as President of The Pritzker Organization, LLC (“TPO”), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17 year tenure with TPO he served as advisor to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. Mark has served on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies and participated on behalf of the Pritzker family business interests in the formation of a number of companies. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York. Mark is the current Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He serves on the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, the Council on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Board of Directors of New Schools for Chicago, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of World Business Chicago, and the Henry Crown Fellowship Program Board of Overseers. He is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago. Mark graduated from Harvard College in 1985 and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1989. He is a member of the 2003 Discovery Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute.


Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.

Clay Johnson
Clay Johnson

Clay Johnson was the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget from 2003 thru 2008. Previously, Clay was Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel and prior to this, the Executive Director for President George W. Bush’s transition into office. Clay served Governor Bush as the head of his Appointments Office and subsequently his Chief of Staff. He was President of the Horchow and Neiman Marcus mail order companies, and held management positions at Pepsico, Citicorp, and the Dallas Museum of Art. He has a BS degree in Administrative Sciences from Yale University and an MS degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.


Ann McLaughlin Korologos

Ann D. McLaughlin Korologos is Chairman Emeritus of the Aspen Institute, having served as Chairman from 1996 through August of 2000, and is also former Chairman of the RAND Board of Trustees. From 1990 to 1995 she served as president of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization comprised of 150 top business and civic leaders dedicated to improving the nation's capital. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for several corporations including Harman International, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Kellogg Company, Michael Kors and Vulcan Materials Company. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Dana Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Cristo Rey Network and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Mrs. Korologos was a top official in the Departments of Treasury and Interior and served as U. S. Secretary of Labor under President Reagan. From 1989 to 1990 she served as Chairman of the President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Marymount College (Tarrytown, New York), University of Rhode Island, New England School of Law, the College of St. Elizabeth, Tri-State University and Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a native of Chatham, New Jersey, earned a B.A. degree from Marymount College and studied at the University of London and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. She is married to Tom C. Korologos and lives in Washington, DC. She is also the owner of the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Colorado.


Stace D. Lindsay

*Stace Lindsay is the president of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together: People of great vision that inspire change, engender trust and are moved deeply to make a difference; Insights that have the power to improve our quality of life, protect that which is in danger or to fix that which is broken in our world; Capital that can be deployed with foresight, patience and commitment to finding ways to be leveraged for economic and social good. He has been a strategic advisor to senior business, government and non-profit leaders throughout the world, having held senior positions at both Monitor Company and the OTF Group, where he worked closely with Michael Porter to adapt his work to emerging markets. He also has significant start-up, turnaround and operating experience with companies, having been CEO of New England Portable Storage and VP Business Development for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. He has also been a Managing Partner in the Latin American focused venture capital firm, Explorador.net. Stace is the co-founder the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network where he is also a Senior Moderator. Stace has served on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network For Development Entrepreneurs as well as the Board of Directors of TechnoServe, a non-profit organization dedicated to building competitive businesses in rural Africa and Latin America. He has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Business School as well as the University of Adolpho Ibanez Business School in Chile. He is the co-author of Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World. He is also author of "Culture, Strategy and Prosperity" in Culture Matters. Stace is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and earned his degrees in International Relations from Georgetown University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He and his family make their home in Cambridge, MA.


Frederic V. Malek

Frederic (Fred) V. Malek is Founder and Chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, a private equity firm that has acquired over $3 billion of hotel assets and has consistently earned top returns for investors. Thayer recently acquired the largest independent hotel management company in the world, Interstate Hotels, and in addition to its U.S. interests has three hotel related ventures in China. Mr. Malek is also the Founder and Former Chairman of Thayer Capital Partners, a Washington D.C. based corporate buy-out firm, that has been merged into a new entity. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Malek is the 2011 Chairman of the Board of Visitors of West Point, Chairman of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, Chairman of the Republican Governors Association Executive Roundtable, Founder and Board Member of The American Action Network, Founder and Chairman of the American Action Forum, and Chairman of the American Friends of the Czech Republic. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CB Richard Ellis and Dupont Fabros Technologies where he is lead director. In his earlier investment activities Mr. Malek led the acquisition of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company with Marriott International as a major equity partner, was one of three leaders in the acquisition of Northwest Airlines, led the acquisition of CB Richard Ellis (formerly Coldwell Banker), and was a partner with former President George W. Bush in owning the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Previously in his business career, Mr. Malek was President and CEO of Marriott Hotels, President and CEO of Northwest Airlines, and Co-Chairman of CB Richard Ellis. During his eight year tenure as president of Marriott Hotels profits quintupled and the stock increased eight fold. In addition to his business career, Mr. Malek has served as an advisor to four U.S. Presidents. He entered government as Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He later became Special Assistant to the President of the United States, and Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Mr. Malek advised President Reagan as a member of the executive committee of the President’s Council on Cost Control, as a member of the President’s Commission on Private Sector Initiatives, and as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. More recently, he served President Bush as Director of the 1988 Republican Convention, as Director of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, with the lifetime rank of Ambassador, and as Campaign Manager for President Bush during 1992. Mr. Malek served as National Finance Chairman for the 2008 McCain Presidential Campaign and in 2008 and serves on Governor Mitt Romney’s National Finance Committee. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


James M. Manyika

James Manyika is a Director (Senior Partner) at McKinsey & Company where he is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Technology, Media and Telecom Practice based in Silicon Valley, where he has worked with many of the world’s leading tech companies. James is also a Director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the Firm’s business and economics research think tank. Some of the work he has led has appeared in academic journals, books and the op-ed pages of newspapers and business publications around the world, and he has spoken at various global technology, business and governmental forums. James was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Global Development Council and to serve as Vice Chair of the Council. He also serves on the following boards: US Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board, Aspen Institute, Oxford Internet Institute, UC Berkeley’s School of Information (iSchool), Harvard’s Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, American University in Cairo school of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the World Affairs Council and Techonomy. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to McKinsey, James was on the Engineering Faculty at Oxford University, a Visiting Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A Rhodes Scholar, James holds DPhil, M.Sc. and M.A. degrees from Oxford in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Zimbabwe. James has served on the California Rhodes selection committee, and he is involved with several innovation, philanthropy, arts organizations and forums.  

William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer

William E. (Bill) Mayer formed Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies, in 1999. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, Mr. Mayer organized and led an effort that significantly improved the school’s programs and made it one of the top 25 ranked business schools in the country. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Mayer served as a professor and Dean of the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. Mr. Mayer worked for The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank, for 23 years. During his career at First Boston, Mr. Mayer held numerous management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of the following public companies: BlackRock Kelso, DynaVox, Premier and Lee Enterprises, and a member of the Boards of Trustees of Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 40 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Aspen Institute from 2000 to 2008 and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is also past Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Miller Buckfire and a board member of Acumen and the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative. Mr. Mayer was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Maryland.


John W. McCarter, Jr.

John McCarter is President Emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he served as President and CEO for 16 years.  He is also Vice Chairman of the  Board of Regents at the Smithsonian Institution.   John serves on the boards of W. W. Grainger, Inc., Argonne National Laboratory; George Lucas Museum, National Recreation Foundation; Chicago Humanities Festival, and the Prize to End Blindness by 2020.  He is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Chicago; former Trustee of Princeton University; Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman of Chicago’s Public Television Station, WTTW.  A native Chicagoan, John was previously Senior Vice President of Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.; President of the DeKalb Corporation; Budget Director of the State of Illinois under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie; and a White House Fellow during the Administration of Lyndon B. Johnson.  John graduated from Princeton University (AB) and Harvard Business School (MBA), and attended the London School of Economics.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He and his wife Judy have three children, four grandchildren and live in Northfield, IL.

Thomas D. McCloskey
Thomas D. McCloskey

Tom McCloskey is Chairman & CEO of Cornerstone Holdings (Colorado) and McCloskey and Company (Hawaii), and Chairman of Urban Green Investments (San Francisco). Tom has served as general partner in over 50 partnerships and been involved in a variety of diverse business activities, and high-level strategic development of technology companies and wireless communications markets for the past thirty years. He served as Chairman of Horizon Organic Holdings (HCOW) the world's largest organic dairy company, a director of Summit Energy Corporation, (Louisville, Kentucky), and Chairman of San Francisco based Kona Blue Water Farms, the world's premier open ocean aquaculture company. He is the largest shareholder in MAGNA ENERGY, and PEGASUS TOWER Corp. Along with his wife, Bonnie, Tom founded the McCloskey Business Plan Competition at the University of Notre Dame. He was past Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Thacher School of Ojai, California. Tom volunteers with the Aspen Institute, the Advisory Council of University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies where he has lectured on business ethics. He serves on the Board of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), and is the Founder and Chairman of the National Music Day Foundation. Tom holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a MBA from the Wharton School. He lives in Aspen, and San Francisco with his wife, Bonnie, of 41 years. They have four children.


David H. McCormick

*David (Dave) McCormick is Co-President and a member of the Management Committee for Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment firm with over $150 billion in assets under management, and the world’s largest hedge fund. Before joining Bridgewater, he was U.S. Treasury Under-Secretary for International Affairs in the Bush Administration and prior to that Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Policy and Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. From 1999-2005 David was an entrepreneur, serving as CEO of Freemarkets and President of Ariba, two publicly traded software companies, and earlier in his career he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. David is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a former Army officer and a veteran of the first Gulf War. David is a member of the 2003 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, and serves on the Institute’s Board of Trustees.


Bonnie McElveen Hunter

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is Founder and CEO of Pace Communications, the nation’s largest custom publishing company. In 2001, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and during her term led several successful initiatives, including the Women Business Leaders Summit in Helsinki in 2002 for women from the Baltic Region and Russia. In 2003, she initiated Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery and Children of Karelia. The program helped Finnish and Russian charities assist children at risk from drugs, crime, HIV/AIDS and trafficking. For her outstanding services, the President of Finland awarded Bonnie one of Finland’s highest honors — the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion. Following her work in Helsinki, Bonnie led a second Women’s Business Leaders Summit in 2004 in Riga, Latvia and most recently a third summit in 2007 in Amman, Jordan for women from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and other Middle Eastern nations. These Summits helped to advance entrepreneurship and encourage businesswomen to launch or expand business opportunities in their native countries. In 2004, Bonnie was appointed Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross and was reappointed in 2007. In addition, she sits on numerous boards including Rand Corporation, Malaria No More, the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Washington National Opera. She has also served as a member of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and served on the United Way of America Board as a member of its National Leadership Council. She is a founder of the United Way Billion Dollar National Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dr. Carl-Christian Rosenbröijer Award, "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislatures, National Athena Award for business and civic contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and "Trailblazer of the Year" Award from the Women Leaders Forum. In 2007, Bonnie received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Appeal of Conscience Public Service Award. Bonnie is a 1972 graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She was also awarded the honorary doctor of humane letters from North Carolina State University.


Anne Welsh McNulty

Anne Welsh McNulty is co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners, with businesses including investment management and a private philanthropic foundation. Before starting JBK Partners, Anne was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and a senior executive of the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera, the Child Mind Institute and the National Museum of American Jewish History, as well as on the boards of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and of Villanova University. In addition Anne is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Naples Children and Education Foundation, which hosts the Naples Winter Wine Festival, benefiting children's charities in Collier County Florida. Anne earned her MBA in Finance & Insurance from the Wharton School and served as valedictorian at Villanova University. She is the Founder of the John P. McNulty Prize at the Aspen Institute, which aims to recognize exceptional young leaders making a significant difference in their communities.


Clare Muñana

Clare Muñana is President of Ancora Associates, Inc., her own management consulting firm. She has completed numerous domestic and international engagements for not-for-profit, public and private sector clients in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Latin America. Projects have included: strategic guidance for the launch of a major community-focused initiative for a national not-for-profit, a governance plan for a group of Chicago-based cultural institutions, an international strategy for a US/European foundation and museum, an economic development project for an underserved region in the State of Illinois, a strategic plan for a major natural history museum, a technology plan for a major US school district, and the establishment of an economic development agency for a large U.S. city. She holds a Bachelors degree from Boston College, a MA in International Economics and Politics, with honors, from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) - Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She has a certificate in French Civilization and Language from the Sorbonne. Clare served as Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education for over ten years. In addition to the Aspen Institute, she is a Board member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Chicago Children First Fund (Vice President), The Field Museum, After School Matters, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Clare is a recipient of the New Leaders for New Schools Leadership Award, the Schaffner Award of the Kellogg School of Management, the Chicago United Business Leaders of Color Award, the Suzuki-Orff Ovation Award and the ICIRR Corporate Innovator Award. Additionally she has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government. 


Ranji Nagaswami

*Ranji Nagaswami most recently worked at Bridgewater Associates, the $130 Billion+ global macro hedge fund and risk-parity strategy pioneer.  From 2010 thru 2012, she served as Chief Investment Advisor to the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City of New York for the City’s $120Billion+ Employee Retirement Systems and two $10 Billion+ DC plans.  She developed a path-breaking restructuring proposal for the retirement plan’s strategic investment policy allocation that was unanimously adopted by 90+ Trustees and investment staff and worked on key governance initiatives to improve decision making by the System’s Boards.  Prior to joining the public sector, Ranji held executive and portfolio management positions during her 27 year career in the investment business at two world class asset management firms.  She was previously Chief Investment Officer (CIO) within the Blend Strategies team of AllianceBernstein L.P.; with responsibility for the firm’s $20 Billion strategic multi-asset portfolios and $85 Billion Blend equities strategies.  She served from 2004 to 2008 as Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Executive Board of AllianceBernstein Investments, the retail division of the firm where she was widely credited with leading the turnaround of the $180 Billion global mutual fund business.  From 2001 until 2004, Ms. Nagaswami was a senior portfolio manager of the Bernstein U.S. Value Equities team and a member of the US Value Equities Investment Policy Group.  Ranji joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 1999.  From 1986 to 1999, she was at UBS Asset Management and its predecessor organizations where she progressed from quantitative analyst to Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Fixed Income.  Ranji is a Member of the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code of Conduct Advisory Committee, a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow and Seminar moderator at the Aspen Institute. She was previously a member of the Yale University Investments Committee, a member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, trustee of Greenwich Academy and on the North American Council of Ashoka, a global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. Ranji earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University in India, a MBA from the Yale School of Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.  She is a member of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network.


Jacqueline Novogratz

*Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen Fund has invested more than $80 million in 73 companies in South Asia and Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported more than 58,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $368 million, and brought basic services to more than 100 million people. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation. She was also appointed by Secretary Clinton to the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.  Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. Jacqueline is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Christy Bieber Orris

*Christy Bieber Orris was the CEO of the ATEK Companies from 2001-2011, a privately owned management company that owned and ran various outsource and product based companies.  Employing over 700 people, ATEK Companies has six manufacturing facilities with revenues exceeding $140 million.  Their anchor company, ATEK Medical, was purchased from Medtronic’s Cardiac Surgery business in 2003.  Christy and her team developed ATEK Medical into one of the leading finished device medical outsource suppliers in the world.  Its customer base included Medtronic, Boston Scientific, J&J, Smith & Nephew and other leading OEMs.  They specialized in sole source production of complex disposable and implantable medical devices.  ATEK Medical and its sister company, ATEK Plastics, were sold to Vention Medical/KRG in November, 2011.  Before ATEK, Christy was President of Regent Aviation, one of the top rated Fixed Base Operators in North America.  Prior to running private businesses, Christy worked in operations at Baxter Healthcare and in brand management at General Mills.  She received her MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and BS at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  From 2008-2011, Christy chaired the board of University of Colorado, Leed’s School of Business and later transitioned onto the Dean’s CEO Cabinet.   Christy is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, board member of Young Presidents Organization, and a member of YPO Women’s International Network and the Committee of 200.  After selling her companies, Christy travelled around the world for a year with her family and is now restoring a historic guest ranch, mentoring and consulting.  She is an avid bike racer, skier and ex-Hawaii Ironman competitor. Christy resides in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two sons.


Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels, a historian of religion, is the Harrington Pear Paine Professor at Princeton University. She received the MacArthur Prize Fellowship for creative work, and is best known for her books on the early history of Christianity, especially The Gnostic Gospels, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and The American Book Award; the critically acclaimed Adam, Eve and the Serpent, and her most recent book entitled The Origin of Satan. Dr. Pagels serves on committees at Harvard University as well as the Bioethics Committee for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NY; and recently she has been named one of twenty-five most influential working mothers in the United States. She is also the author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, published in May 2003, and REVELATIONS: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012, both of which are New York Times bestsellers. In June 2005, she received the Centennial Medal from Harvard University in recognition of outstanding contributions to society, and in 2013 they awarded her an honorary degree. 


Michael Powell

*Michael (Mike) Powell is President and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. He was previously Chairman of the MK Powell Group, a private consulting firm, as well as a partner in Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm with $9 billion in telecommunications and media holdings. Michael previously served as Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to March 2005, and as a commissioner three years prior. He was originally nominated by President Clinton to a Republican seat on the commission in 1997. He led the FCC during one of the most critical periods in its existence, helping it meet the challenges of new technology and outdated policy. As FCC chief, he drove efforts to deregulate the communications industry, which has helped spawn alternative media and new forms of advertising. Prior to his tenure at the FCC, Michael served as Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. He also served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army. He received a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Michael is a member of the 1999 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and a member of the Fellowship’s Board of Overseers. He and his wife Jane have two children and live in Fairfax Station, VA.


Margot Pritzker

Margot Pritzker launched the WomenOnCall.org organization in February 2006 to provide women and non-profits with an on-line meeting place to forge productive and efficient connections that make a difference in people's lives. The WomenOnCall.org website went national in scope in May 2010 and now has over 4,000 members and growing across the country. Margot is also Chair of the Zohar Education Project Inc. which she established in 1995. This is a 15-year project to translate the Zohar, the canonical work of Jewish mysticism, into English. Margot is involved in a number of initiatives that affect women and children in the developed and developing world. She has overseen the initiation and progress of schools in remote areas of the Himalayas and Afghanistan. Furthering cultivation of leadership amongst young people has led her to support and become involved with Ashesi University in Ghana and the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Through the Aspen Institute, where she is a Trustee, she participates in leadership development initiatives throughout the world. She continues her involvement in international issues as a member of the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as a Trustee of the International Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and as a member of the Advisory Board of America Abroad Media. Margot currently serves as a trustee of the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, where she was Chair of the Board from 1993-2001. She serves as a Director of the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation. She is also the chair of the University of Chicago Charter School Governing Board, which is a part of the University's Urban Education Institute. Born in England, Margot became a United States citizen in 1994. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, Thomas J. Pritzker. They have three sons. Their extensive travel and knowledge of South Asia has resulted in one of the foremost collections of South Asian art. Margot holds a BA from Northwestern University and an AM from the University of Chicago.


Thomas Pritzker

Thomas J. (Tom) Pritzker was born and raised in Chicago. He holds a B.A. from Claremont Men’s College, an MBA and J.D. degree from the University of Chicago, and currently resides in Chicago. Tom is Chairman and CEO of The Pritzker Organization, a family merchant bank. He is also Executive Chairman of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Marmon Group, Inc. Tom is on the Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. (NYSE: RCL). He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bay City Capital, LLC, a merchant bank specializing in life sciences. Outside of business, Tom is Chairman of the Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago and the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He has also organized the Pritzker Neurospsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium which is a collaborative research effort into the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders. Tom is also an Honorary Professor of History at Sichuan University in China, and for the past 30 years has been leading archeological expeditions in the Western Himalayas. 

  


Joanna Rees

*Joanna Rees is a senior advisor, investor and board member of several private companies and non-profit organizations. Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011, and was the founder of VSP Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies combining technical innovation with market development.   Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed start-up companies across a broad range of industries. She also served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Coppola Companies (Francis Ford Coppola), and as Chairman of the USA for Madrid-based FON, the world’s largest Wi-Fi community.  Joanna has significant experience in finance and investment banking including positions at BA Securities and a boutique merchant bank, Vrolyk & Co.  She worked in private placements and mergers & acquisitions focused on retail, restaurant and branded consumer companies.  She also brings deep expertise in marketing and strategy, and has held several senior marketing management positions with Groupe Danone, a $20+ billion global consumer products firm, with her last position as head of New Product Development.  Joanna began her career at DMB&B, working with clients such as General Foods, RJR Nabisco, Brown Forman, Digital Equipment Corp, and Texaco.  The World Economic Forum selected Joanna as a Year 2000 Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) for individuals who hold positions "of considerable power, influence and responsibility," and are "global in terms of their accomplishments and potential."  The Aspen Institute selected Joanna for its 2002 Class of Henry Crown Fellows, a program designed to develop the next generation of community-spirited business leaders, and the National Association of Women Business Owners named her "The 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year Rising Star". She is frequently featured in the national press (Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, CNNfn, Business Week, etc.) as a speaker at industry conferences, and serves as a spokesperson for the NVCA.  Joanna is active in the non-profit community. She serves on the board of New Schools Venture Fund whose mission is to improve public K-12 education by supporting education entrepreneurs, and on the Global Board of Endeavor supporting “high-impact” entrepreneurs in developing economies.  She previously chaired the board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and has extensive experience with many other non-profits and education organizations including the Junior League, the March of Dimes, the V-Foundation, various private schools, the Annual Fund board at Duke University and the Duke basketball Legacy Fund.   She earned her MBA from Columbia University (beta gamma sigma) and a BS from Duke University where she was a member of the varsity gymnastics team. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, John Hamm and has two children, Arthur (23) and Taylor (19).

 


Peter A. Reiling

*Peter A. Reiling is Executive Vice President for Leadership and Seminar Programs, and Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute. In these roles, he oversees the Institute's growing portfolio of leadership initiatives (the Aspen Global Leadership Network) and seminars (including The Aspen Seminar, offered at the Institute since 1950) as well as its flagship leadership program. Peter is a trustee, officer, and senior moderator of the Aspen Institute and a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 1998). He is also the founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), a joint venture between the Aspen Institute and five African business leaders, and co-founder of similar initiatives in Central America (CALI), India (ILI), the Middle East (MELI), and China, with plans to expand into Southeast Asia and Mexico. Similar programs have also been launched in the fields of politics, education and the environment. The goal of all these ventures, knitted together as the Aspen Global Leadership Network, is to stimulate a new generation of accomplished, entrepreneurial leaders to play a greater role in the social and political development of their communities and countries. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, from 1996 to 2004, Peter was President and CEO of TechnoServe, an international organization helping entrepreneurs across Africa, Latin America, India and Central Europe to build businesses in their communities.. He is co-founder of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and currently serves as chairman of the board of the CALI Foundation as well as on the boards of ALI/East Africa, ALI/West Africa and ALI/South Africa. He is also a member of the board of Pegasus Tower Holdings, LLC. Peter is a former adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and guest lecturer at the Institute for Developing Economies in Tokyo. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named "Outstanding Social Entrepreneur" by the Schwab Foundation in Geneva. A graduate of Georgetown University (BSFS) and the University of California/Berkeley (MBA), with additional studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Peter is married to Denise Byrne and is the father of two children, Dylan and Eva Luna.


Lynda Resnick

Lynda Resnick is the Co-Chairman of Roll Global, a  privately held, global company focused on healthy brands for healthy lifestyles, including POM Wonderful, Paramount Farms (Wonderful pistachios and almonds), Paramount Citrus (Cuties and other citrus) and FIJI Water, as well as Teleflora, Justin Vineyards and Winery, and Landmark Winery. Ms. Resnick has been dubbed the POM Queen for her innovative marketing efforts around POM Wonderful, making pomegranates ubiquitous in our culture and their health benefits well known around the world.   Ms. Resnick is the author of the best-selling book, Rubies in the Orchard, and has been listed as one of Working Women's Top 50 U.S. Women Business Owners. She is the Vice Chairman of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, is on the Executive Board of The Aspen Institute, UCLA Medical Sciences, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation, and is also a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2010, Ms. Resnick turned her philanthropic attention to California’s Central Valley, where a large portion of her company’s employees live and work.  Her efforts resulted in the recent launch of the Central Valley Leadership Project, a multi-pronged, hands-on program to expand opportunities and transform low-income and underserved towns throughout this economically significant agricultural region into hopeful and vibrant communities.


Harry J. Saal

Dr. Harry J. Saal served as the Chair of the Technical Committee responsible for monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft anti-trust decree. He was the founder and CEO of Network General Corporation and was the founding CEO of Smart Valley, Inc. He is active in philanthropy and community affairs, and has served as the Chairman of Community Foundation Silicon Valley. As well, he serves on the boards of several other private and public high technology firms. He was named the “Bay Area Software Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 1991 and received Columbia University’s highest honor, the John Jay Award, in 1997. He and his wife Carol live in Palo Alto, CA.


Sue Siegel

*Sue Siegel is a GE Corporate Officer and the CEO of healthymagination, GE’s $6 billion global commitment to provide better health for more people and is responsible for the corporate  healthymagination venture fund.  As a venture capitalist and General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, prior to joining GE, she led life science and healthcare investments across the fields of molecular diagnostics to digital health, where convergence of disciplines and technologies drove personalized, consumer-driven and information-based healthcare.  Before her venture capital career, she served as President and Director of Affymetrix, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company that pioneered GeneChip® technology, which propelled the expansion of the genomics field and accelerated the early development of personalized medicine. Sue led the company from an early stage start up into a multi-billion market cap global company with the gold-standard gene expression platform for biomedical research. Sue’s other industry experience includes senior leadership positions with Amersham International, now part of GE Healthcare, and roles at E.I. DuPont & Co., Eastman Kodak Co., and Bio-Rad.  Sue served on corporate boards including Affymetrix, Pacific Biosciences, Crescendo Biosciences, RainDance Technologies, Personalis, Analyte Health, Corventis, Navigenics, On-Q-ity, and Didimi.  She was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” and was featured in the bestselling business book:  Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.  Sue serves on the NIH NCAT’s CAN Advisory Council, is a member of President’s Council of the National Academies, serves on the IT Committee of the Board of Directors of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and is on the Executive Committee of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University.  Sue holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. She has completed the Stanford Director’s College, executive management coursework at both Kellogg School of Management and at the Harvard Business School. She is a 2003 class member of the Henry Crown Fellowship and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. 


Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is an American actress, playwright, and professor. Currently, she teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She formerly taught in the drama department at Stanford University. Smith is best known for her "documentary theatre" style in plays such as Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, both of which featured Anna as the sole performer of multiple and diverse characters. Fires in the Mirror dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights Riot. Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 dealt with the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Both of these plays were constructed using material solely from interviews and other pieces of the archive. In 1993, Newsweek declared her "[t]he most exciting individual in American theater." Anna is the author of Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines published in 2000. She has appeared in several films, including Philadelphia and The American President, and has recurring roles on The West Wing and The Practice. Anna was one of the 1996 recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the “genius grant.” She also won a 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to civil rights issues. She is an alumna of Beaver College (now Arcadia University), from which she graduated in 1971, and has received honorary degrees from Arcadia University, Bates College, Bryn Mawr College, Smith College, Skidmore College, Macalester College, Occidental College, Pratt Institute, Holy Cross College, Wesleyan University, School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University, Colgate University, California State University Sacramento, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wheelock College, and the Cooper Union.


Roger M. Widmann

Roger Widmann is CEO of Cutwater Associates, LLC. From 1996-2004, he was a Principal of the investment banking firm of Tanner & Co., Inc., providing advice and negotiation and evaluation services to corporations ranging from Fortune 200 companies to mid-sized firms. From 1986 to 1995, he served as a Senior Managing Director of Chemical Securities Inc., a subsidiary of Chemical Banking Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase Corporation), and established the Bank's fee-based corporate finance business in 1986. In addition to his responsibilities in the U.S., he was responsible for projects ranging from South America to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Chemical, Roger was a founder and CEO of First Reserve Corporation, the largest independent energy investing firm in the U.S. He also served as Senior Vice President with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and was responsible for the firm's domestic and international investment banking business, and has also been a Vice President with New Court Securities Corporation (now Rothschild, Inc.), completing a series of venture capital and merger and acquisition transactions. Roger began his career in 1964 as an SEC trial attorney. Roger is Chairman of Keystone National Group, a fund of venture and private equity funds, and was previously Chairman of Lydall, Inc., a manufacturer of thermal, acoustical and filtration materials. He is also Chairman of Cedar Realty Trust in Port Washington, NY, a real estate investment trust, and Standard Motor Products in Long Island City, NY. He was a director of First Reserve Corporation, Greenwich, CT from its inception in 1980 until December 1995, Paxar Corporation, White Plains, NY from 2004 to 2007 and Weatherford Enterra, Houston, TX from 1993 to 1998. Roger has served as a senior moderator of the Aspen Seminar at the Aspen Institute since 1990 and of the Liberty Fellowship, Greenville, SC, since 2004. He is a Vice Chair of Oxfam America. Roger earned a B.A. degree from Brown University, cum laude, and a J.D. Degree from Columbia Law School.


Alice Young

Alice Young is Special Counsel in the New York office of Kaye Scholer LLP and Chair of the firm's Asia Pacific Practice Group. For over 35 years, she has concentrated her practice on corporate law and international business specializing in Asia, and has been based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She serves on the Boards of Aspen Institute and Asia Foundation, the Corporate Boards of Mizuho Trust & Banking and AXIS Capital Holdings, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100 and the NY Women’s Forum. She has received leadership recognition from New York Women’s Agenda, Harvard Law School, Yale University, Boy Scouts of America, DirectWomen, ASCEND and diversity and women’s organizations. Alice is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. 

  *Denotes that this mentor is also a Henry Crown Fellow