Business and Society Program

Why the Aspen Institute?

The First Movers Fellowship Program fits squarely within the Aspen Institute’s mission: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.*

This First Movers Fellowship is housed in the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP) which equips business leaders for the 21st century with a new management paradigm – the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. Over the past 15 years, Aspen BSP has convened leadership development experts from around the world to consider what kind of leaders we need to put this new management paradigm into operation – and how we can develop them. The First Movers Fellowship program transforms what we have learned from this decade-long inquiry into practice.

By finding the First Movers in business, learning from their experiences, connecting them with others and fueling their passion and courage, we believe we will generate the kind of fresh thinking that will ensure business lives up to its full potential as a vehicle for positive social change.

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For further information on the First Movers Fellowship please contact Garrett Barr, Program Coordinator, First Mover Fellowship, Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, at garrett.barr[at] or (212) 895-8011.