Paul F. Anderson
Senior Advisor
Booz Allen Hamilton

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-Marciniak
Global Vice Chair for Public Policy
Ernst & Young, LLP

Pauline Brown*
Chairman of North America

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

Teresa Carlson
Head, Worldwide Public Sector
Amazon Web Services 

James (Jim) Schine Crown
Henry Crown and Company

Lester Crown
Henry Crown and Company

A. Steven Crown
General Partner
Henry Crown and Company

Susan Crown
Vice President
Henry Crown & Company

Andrea (Andy) Cunningham*
Founder and President


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

Richard Danzig
Center for a New American Security

Benjamin (Ben) Dunlap
President Emeritus
Wofford College

Janet Froetscher
Chief Executive Officer
Special Olympics

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
Director, Hutchins Institute for African and African American Research

Harvard University

Patrick (Pat) W. Gross
The Lovell Group

Arjun Gupta*
Chief Believer

TeleSoft Partners

Philip (Phil) L. Harris
Jenner & Block LLC—Chicago

Deborah A. Hazell
Chief Executive Officer
HSBC Global Asset Management, North America

Henrietta Holsman Fore
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Holsman International

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

Walter Isaacson
President and CEO
The Aspen Institute

Suzanne Nora Johnson*
Former Vice Chairman
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Ann McLaughlin Korologos
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Stace D. Lindsay
President, Fusion Venture Partners
Director, AGLN Strategic Initiatives
The Aspen Institute

Frederic (Fred) V. Malek
Founder and Chairman
Thayer Lodging Group

James Manyika
Senior Partner, Director

McKinsey & Co., McKinsey Global Institute

William (Bill) E. Mayer
Chairman, Board of Overseers
Henry Crown Fellowship, The Aspen Institute
Senior Partner
Park Avenue Equity Partners

John W. McCarter, Jr.
Smithsonian Regents 

Thomas D. McCloskey
Chairman and CEO
Cornerstone Holdings

David McCormick
Bridgewater Associates, L.P.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Founder and CEO
Pace Communications

Anne Welsh McNulty
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
JBK Partners

Clare Muñana
Ancora Associates, Inc.

Ranji Nagaswami*
Private Investor

Jacqueline Novogratz*
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Christy Bieber Orris
Peak to Peak Holdings

Elaine Pagels
Professor of Religion
Princeton University

Michael (Mike) Powell*
President and CEO
National Cable and Telecomunications Association

Margot L. Pritzker
Founder and President

Thomas (Tom) 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 
Executive Director, Henry Crown Fellowship Program

The Aspen Institute

Lynda Resnick
Co-Owner and Vice Chairman
Roll Global

Dr. Harry J. Saal

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

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

Roger M. Widmann
Director, Standard Motor Parts
Cutwater Associates, LLC

Alice Young
Independent Director, AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. and Mizuho Trust & Banking (USA)
Retired Partner and Chair, Asia Pacific Practice, Kaye Scholer LLP

*Denotes that this mentor is also a Henry Crown Fellow

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 has been advising large global companies on growth, organization design and transformation for the last 20 years. In 2005, Mehrdad founded Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique advisory and venture firm, and currently serves as Managing Director. The company works with the leaders of promising growth companies to make deep and lasting contributions to their innovation and business building initiatives. He travels widely and is frequently asked to address business audiences about emerging ideas in the field of management, serving clients in the technology, media and financial services sectors and specialized in strategies for turbulent environments. Prior to this Mehrdad was an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, with overarching responsibility for growth. He served as chairman of the Commercial Executive Committee. He was previously a partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey and Company and co-leader of the firm’s worldwide Growth Practice. Mehrdad is Executive Chairman of Emue Technologies, the worldwide leader in authentication and personal identity protection, and has also served as Chairman and CEO of Natural HealthLink, a healthcare startup in Los Angeles. As an attorney, he has been called to the state bar in New York and Massachusetts and worked as an associate with Coudert Brothers in New York and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Los Angeles. Mehrdad is co-founder of High Resolves, a community project around global citizenship which has reached almost 20,000 high school students. Mehrdad’s public sector experience includes an economist role with the World Bank and a consultant to the UN Secretariat. He has served a member of the Board of Directors of Unicef Australia and he has participated in various social and economic development projects. Mehrdad is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “As One” and the international bestsellers, “The Alchemy of Growth” and “The Granularity of Growth”.  He received a B.S.E. with highest honors in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, where he also completed a joint degree on public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. He continued his education in public policy at Harvard where he completed an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. He also earned a J.D. with high honors from Harvard Law School.  Mehrdad is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and 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 BA with highest distinction in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA 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 makes his home in Berkeley, California.

Laurence D. Belfer

*Laurence Belfer is Chief Executive Officer of Belfer Management LLC, a family investment firm based in New York, that emphasizes the energy, real estate and financial services industries. The Belfer family has been investing in the energy business for approximately 60 years, the real estate business for approximately 50 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. (NYSE).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Castleton Commodities International LLC.  In addition, he serves on the board of The Belfer Foundation and the 92nd St.Y, where he chaired the 92Y American Conversation.  He is a member of International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and serves on the advisory board of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Laurence is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. 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.

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 Marshall 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. He and his wife make their home in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 

Beth Brooke-Marciniak

*Beth Brooke-Marciniak is global vice chair of 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 150 countries. In addition, she has global responsibility for the firm's diversity and inclusiveness efforts. She has been named seven times to Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. During the Clinton administration, she worked for two years in the US 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 health care reform and Superfund reform efforts. Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She serves on the boards of Vital Voices, The Committee for Economic Development, and TechnoServe. Beth is co-chair of the board of WEConnect International and a member of the Committee of 200. She serves on the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute and the Women's Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. She is also on the public policy advisory councils for Georgetown University and Indiana University. Beth formerly served on the International Council on Women's Business Leadership led by Hillary Clinton. Beth is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Pauline Brown

*Pauline Brown is currently is the Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury goods company, where she provides regional leadership for 65 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, perfumes & cosmetics, watches and jewelry, wines & spirits and selective retailing. She also serves on the Boards of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH; Moda Operandi, an online luxury retailer; and several LVMH's subsidiaries, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Fresh Cosmetics. Earlier in her career, Pauline was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, where she led 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 and driving key components of a major restructuring plan. 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 National Retail Federation, Parsons School of Design, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Pauline earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Dartmouth College and is member of the Executive Alumni Councils at both schools. She is 2008 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Fellowship's Board of Overseers.

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, now part of Dow Chemical. 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, the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, and corporate governance. In 2005, Bill received the Henry Crown Leadership Award for exemplifying values-based leadership throughout his career.

Teresa Carlson

Teresa Carlson is currently the head of World Wide Public Sector at, and is responsible for strategy, operations, sales and business development for Amazon’s Web Services and Cloud Computing business.   She also serves as the lead public policy advisor to the business for global public sector.  Before joining Amazon, Teresa was VP of Federal Government business at Microsoft Corporation.   She also held a variety of other positions at Microsoft including General Manager of the US Civilian Agencies and NGO’s; Director of the US Federal Solutions Unit, responsible for the Federal solutions framework and the US Federal partner channel that consisted of more than 2500 Microsoft partners; and US Federal Director of Strategy and Operations.   Prior to joining Microsoft, Teresa was the World Wide Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Lexign Inc.   Before moving into the information technology arena, Teresa spent nearly 15 years in the health care field, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice-president.   Teresa serves on the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University, the boards of the American Red Cross (Chair), Red Cross Tiffany’s Circle National Philanthropic Committee, USO, TechAmerica (Public Sector Committee Vice-Chair), Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  She has an undergraduate and Masters of Science degree in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. 


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 CunninghamAndrea Cunningham

*Andy Cunningham is an entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating "The Next Big Thing," Andy Cunningham 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 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. She is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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, The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council, 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. Richard served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001.  He was the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997.  From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Richard was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues. Richard 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 national security issues. Richard 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, Richard served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Between 1972 and 1977, Richard 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 these roles, he contributed particularly to the development of the Department’s ability to mobilize manpower and materiel for deployment abroad.  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.  Resident in Washington, his unusually 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. Richard 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.  Richard’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 is a teacher, scholar, author, performing artist, writer/producer for Public Television, and college president, who in addition to speaking engagements around the world, has designed and moderated conferences in this country and abroad for the Aspen Institute and other organizations since 1985.  Winner of numerous awards for teaching and scholarship, his faculty appointments over a span of 51 years have been at Harvard University as an instructor, assistant professor and visiting professor; The University of South Carolina as a Carolina Professor; and Wofford College as the Chapman Family Professor in the Humanities.  In addition to his 13 years as President of Wofford College, he was twice appointed a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Thailand, and was an inaugural Japan Society Leadership Fellow in Tokyo.  As an award-winning writer-producer for Public Television from 1974 through the early '90's, he is credited with major responsibility for several hundred programs and series including dramas, documentaries, performing arts, and distance learning projects.  Listed as one of "50 Remarkable People" for the international 2007 TED conference in Monterey, Ben's presentation has been viewed via the internet by well over a million people.  Named President Emeritus of Wofford College in 2013, Ben holds a B.A. degree, summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar; B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was a James A. Rumrill Scholar.  He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Wofford, and the University of South Carolina, as well as the South Carolina Governor's Award in the Humanities, and the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award.  For four years he was a soloist and principal dancer with the Columbia City Ballet, and his publications include essays, fiction, poetry, and opera libretto.  He and his wife, Anne, have been married since 1963 and are the parents of three grown children.

Janet Froetscher

*Janet Froetscher is Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics, leading the organization and all of its functions in seeking to fulfill the mission and the achievement of the goals of the strategic plan. Based at the Special Olympics global headquarters in Washington D.C., she leads an international team of more than 200 professionals throughout the world who are implementing sports, health, education and community building programming in more than 170 countries every day around the world. Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities to be productive citizens in their communities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Janet leads the growth of the movement which is currently serving more than 4.2 million athletes with intellectual disabilities, holds more than 70,000 competitions annually, and welcomes more than one million coaches and volunteers who help make grassroots operations possible. She also serves on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Prior to joining Special Olympics, Janet was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Council (NSC), an organization whose mission is to save lives and prevent injuries. Under her leadership, the Council drove initiatives to save 10,000 lives and prevent 1 million injuries by focusing on issues such as workplace safety, distracted and teen driving. Prior to that, Janet was Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago where she led the merger of 54 United Ways into a single entity. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Aspen Institute and her corporate experience includes leadership roles within the Commercial Club of Chicago and Bankers Trust Company. Janet holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University. She is a Board member of the Chicago Board 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 and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Jr.
 is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. He is the author of Faces of America (New York University Press, 2010), which expands on interviews he conducted for his critically acclaimed PBS documentary series of the same name, and Tradition and the Black Atlantic: Criticism in the African Diaspora (Basic Books, 2010). Professor Gates is Editor-in-Chief of, a daily online magazine focusing on issues of interest to the African American community and written from an African American perspective, and the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field of African American and Africana Studies. He is co-editor, with K. Anthony Appiah, of Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. With Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, he is the co-editor of the eight-volume biographical encyclopedia African American Lives (Oxford, 2008). In addition, Professor Gates is the author of several works of literary criticism, including Figures in Black: Words, Signs and the 'Racial' Self (Oxford University Press, 1987); The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (Oxford, 1988), winner of the 1989 American Book Award; and Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars (Oxford, 1992). He is the author of Colored People: A Memoir (Knopf, 1994), which traces his childhood experiences in a small West Virginia town in the 1950s and 1960s; The Future of the Race (Knopf, 1996), co-authored with Cornel West; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man (Random House, 1997); and In Search of Our Roots: How Nineteen Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past (Crown, 2009), which won an NAACP Image Award in 2010. An influential cultural critic, Professor Gates's publications include a 1994 cover story for Time magazine on the new black Renaissance in art, as well as numerous articles for The New Yorker. In addition, he has edited several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (W.W. Norton, 1996), and The Oxford-Schomburg Library of Nineteenth Century Black Women Writers (Oxford, 1991), and is the co-editor of Transition magazine. Previously for PBS, Professor Gates produced and hosted Wonders of the African World (1999), America Beyond the Color Line (2004), African American Lives (2006), Oprah's Roots (2007), African American Lives 2 (2008), Looking for Lincoln (2009) and Faces of America (2010). Professor Gates earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge. He received a B.A. in English Language and Literature, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1973. Before joining the faculty of Harvard in 1991, he taught at Yale, Cornell and Duke Universities. Professor Gates has received 51 honorary degrees, as well as a 1981 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award," the 1993 George Polk Award for Social Commentary, and the 2008 Ralph Lowell Award, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's highest award. In addition, Professor Gates was named one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Americans" in 1997, and one of Ebony magazine's "100 Most Influential Black Americans" in 2005, and he was selected for Ebony's "Power 150" list for 2009 and its "Power 100" list for 2010. He received a National Humanities Medal in 1998, and in 1999 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2006, he was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution after tracing his lineage back to John Redman, a Free Negro who fought in the Revolutionary War.

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 founder and chief believer at TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm. Over the last two decades, he has overseen investing in and helping build over 60 technology companies, resulting in over 40 acquisitions and IPOs to date. Arjun is also a member of the new ownership group of the Sacramento Kings NBA team and helps revitalize downtown Sacramento. He serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and the AG Family Foundation, which has provided partial funding for over 90 projects in the US, India, and Africa. Earlier in his career, Arjun was a strategy consultant for high-tech clients with McKinsey & Company and a software engineer with Tektronix, Inc. He has an MBA from Stanford University, an MS and BS (Phi Beta Kappa) in computer science from Washington State University, and a BA (honors) in economics from St. Stephen's College (India). Arjun is a passionate outdoorsman and among his many adventures, he was a member of the 100th anniversary ski expeditions to both the North and South poles. He is an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, a 2001 Henry Crown Fellow, a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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 National Art Museum of Sport. He 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. Phil is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He also is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He has three daughters ages 23, 20 and 17.

Deborah Hazell
Deborah A. Hazell

Deborah A. Hazell is Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Global Asset Management, North America. As regional CEO, Deborah oversees all aspects of asset management operations in the United States, Canada and Bermuda and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans to increase the scale and presence of the business. Deborah joined HSBC in June 2011 and is based in New York.  Prior to joining HSBC, Deborah served as President and Chief Executive Officer of FFTW (Fischer Francis Trees & Watts). She has over 25 years of experience in fixed income asset management. Deborah joined FFTW’s New York office in October 1999 and was appointed President and CEO of the firm in February 2008. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she was responsible for managing the firm’s Client Service, Business Development and Marketing Group. She originally joined FFTW to service the firm's central bank and institutional clients and prospects and later assumed responsibility for managing client service and business development in the Americas.  Deborah also worked for UBS Brinson, New York, where she spent nine years as a portfolio manager, responsible for managing the firm’s global fixed income portfolios. Prior to moving to New York, she managed global fixed income portfolios at Chase Investors International in London, which was subsequently purchased by, and became a part of, UBS Asset Management.  Deborah began her financial career in the investment management department of Saudi International Bank, where she also managed US and global fixed income portfolios.  Deborah has a BA (Hons) summa cum laude in economics from New York University and is working on her M.A. in  Organizational Psychology at Columbia University.


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 2003 Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Globa Leadership Network.

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.

Suzanne Nora Johnson
Suzanne Nora Johnson

*Suzanne Nora Johnson is former vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. She also served as chairman of the Global Markets Institute and was a member of the firm's management committee. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Suzanne was an attorney with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals. Suzanne currently serves on the corporate boards of American International Group, Inc., Intuit Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa Inc. She also serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions, including the American Red Cross, the Broad Foundation, the Brookings Institution (Vice Chair), the Carnegie Institution of Washington (Co-Chair), the Markle Foundation, TechnoServe, the University of Southern California and Women's World Banking. She chairs a number of endowment investment committees. Suzanne serves on the Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking for the World Economic Forum. Suzanne received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the 1998 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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 Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a role he assumed in 2014 to help broaden and deepen the collective impact of the work being done by its 1,800 alumni. He is also President of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together: people of great vision who 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 what is broken in our world; and 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 nonprofit 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 vice president of business development for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. He has also been a managing partner in the Latin American-focused venture capital firm Stace is the co-founder of the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. Stace has served on the executive committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs and on the board of directors of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building competitive businesses in rural Africa and Latin America. He has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Business School and 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” and author of the chapter "Culture, Strategy and Prosperity" in the book “Culture Matters”. Stace 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, Massachusetts. Stace is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and member of and a senior moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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, 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, the Rubin Museum 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 Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative. Mr. Mayer was named to the 2013 NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors), which honors leaders in corporate governance and in the boardroom. 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 McCarter
John W. McCarter, Jr.

John W. McCarter, Jr. is a Life Trustee and President Emeritus of The Field Museum.  He served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2012. A native Chicagoan, John previously was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where he consulted with several leading companies active in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition. Earlier, he served as President of DeKalb Corporation and DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics and as Budget Director of the State of Illinois under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie.  He was a White House Fellow during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. John is a Director of W.W. Grainger, Inc. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Chicago and a former trustee of Princeton, a member of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, a Regent at the Smithsonian Institution, a trustee of the National Recreation Foundation, an Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman of Chicago’s Public Television Station Channel 11.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. John received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, attended the London School of Economics, and graduated from Princeton University in 1960. He and his wife Judy have three adult children and four grandchildren.

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 and currently serves as a Trustee on the Board 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).  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 45 years. 


David H. McCormick

*David (Dave) McCormick is 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 Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Naples Children and Education Foundation, and has served as Chair of 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, After School Matters, 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 is a Senior Advisor to Corsair Capital, one of the longest-standing private equity firms focused on investing in the global financial services industry. Through her 25 plus year career, Ranji held executive and portfolio management positions at three world-class asset management firms: Bridgewater Associates, AllianceBernstein L.P and UBS Asset Management. She also served as chief investment advisor to the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for the City of New York's public employee pension plans. Ranji is currently launching the Finance Fellows program within the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. She has served on numerous Boards and Investment Committees including serving as a member of the Henry Crown Overseers Board at the Aspen Institute, the Yale University Investments Committee, the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, among others. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University in India, a MBA from the Yale School of Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Ranji is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a member of and moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Jacqueline Novogratz

*Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has approved investments of more than $88 million in 82 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 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $500 million, and brought basic services to more than 125 million people. In December 2011, Acumen and Jacqueline were on the cover of Forbes magazine as part of its feature on social innovation. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development. Jacqueline has been featured in Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. 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. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.  She has received honorary degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Wofford College, Gettysburg College, Middlebury College, Fordham University, and Bard College as well the Freedom from Want Award from the Roosevelt Institute in 2011. Jacqueline is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Christy Bieber Orris

*Christy Bieber Orris is an active investor and entrepreneur through Peak-to-Peak Investments.  Her newest ventures are brackitz, a building toy company that empowers and challenges our next generation of engineers and architects and Sun Cups, a premium allergen-free chocolate company.  Christy 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 had six manufacturing facilities with revenues exceeding $140 million.  Their anchor company, ATEK Medical, was purchased from Medtronic’s Cardiac Surgery business in 2003.  Orris 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, 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 in marketing and international business 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.   She was awarded the Alumni Service Award at the University and frequently speaks on campus and mentors students.  Christy is a member and previous board member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and a member of YPO Women’s International Network and the Committee of 200.  She was one of Boulder’s 40 Under 40 in 2010.  After selling the ATEK Companies in 2011, Christy travelled around the world for a year with her family and is now restoring a historic ranch, investing and building a new series of companies.  She is an avid bike racer, skier and ex-Hawaii Ironman competitor. Christy resides in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two sons.  She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and board member, member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and is now bringing the Aspen Seminar to the Leeds Scholar’s Program.  

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 the President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA is the policy trade association for the cable operator and cable programmer industries.  Prior to joining NCTA, he served as a Senior Advisor with Providence Equity Partners and served on the boards of Cisco Systems, Aol and EDMC. Mr. Powell served as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, from 2001 to 2005, having served as a Commissioner for several years prior. Prior to his tenure at the FCC, Powell served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice where he advised the Assistant Attorney General on substantive antitrust matters, including policy development, criminal and civil investigations, and mergers. He also served as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before his legal career, Powell served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense. His experience also includes military service as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army, retiring after being seriously injured on duty. Powell serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, the Aspen Institute and America’s Promise, where he co-chairs Grad Nation—an effort to end the high school dropout crisis. Powell also has served as the Rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, and has taught, as an adjunct professor, at the Catholic University Law School. Powell graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is married and has two sons. He is a 1999 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Margot Pritzker

Margot Pritzker launched the WomenOnCall 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 website went national in scope in May 2010 and now has over 4,000 members and growing across the country. Ms. Pritzker is Chair of the Zohar Education Project Inc., which she established in 1995. This is a project to translate the Zohar, the canonical work of Jewish mysticism, into English.  Ms. Pritzker 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. Ms. Pritzker 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.  She is also a Trustee of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, which is recognized as the premier museum of Himalayan art in the Western world. 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 managing director at Soda Rock Partners LLC, supporting entrepreneurs to build leading high-growth companies and organizations. She is also leading the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. 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 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 has 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.  She is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, where she teaches leadership in the Leavey School of Business. 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 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 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 has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed start-up companies across a broad range of industries, including 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 is also active in the non-profit community, serving 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 and Taylor. She is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of and moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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 currently serves as Chairman of Retrotope. He was formerly the Chair of ZERO1 and 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 serves as CEO of GE Ventures and 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.  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 director of 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 a business strategy advisor, Independent Director and member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of AXIS Capital Holdings, Ltd., a NYSE- listed insurance and reinsurance company headquartered in Bermuda, and Independent Director and member of the Executive and Examining Committees of  Mizuho Trust & Banking (USA) Co., Ltd, a part of the Mizuho Financial Group of Japan.  She recently retired as Partner and Chair of Kaye Scholer International Law Firm LLP’s Asia Pacific Practice Group. For 40 years, she has advised corporations and entrepreneurs on international business strategy and law, specializing in Asia, and has been based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She was one of the first American attorneys to do deals in China and the first woman and minority to head the New York branch office of a law firm. She serves on the Board of The Asia Foundation , a non-profit with representative offices in 20 Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Myanmar and  Afghanistan,  and is a Lifetime Trustee of Aspen Institute. Alice is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100 and the NY Women's Forum and chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of Deloite & Touche. She has mentored entrepreneurs,  professionals and  students, for which she has received leadership recognition from many organizations including New York Women's Agenda, Harvard Law School, Yale University, Boy Scouts of America, Catalyst/ABA’s DirectWomen, ASCEND and diversity and women's organizations. Alice was in the first class of women graduates of Yale University and is a Fellow of Davenport College. This past summer she was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Ivy League She-Power Conference in Beijing sponsored by Yale Alumnae in China. Alice  received her law degree from Harvard Law School and is frequently a guest speaker in Cambridge, most recently on the Public Company Corporate Governance panel and the Harvard Asian American Alumni Summit . She is married and has two grown children.

  *Denotes that this mentor is also a Henry Crown Fellow