Business and Society Program

Why the Aspen Institute?

First Mover Fellows with Madeleine Albright
Pictured Above: 5th Class of First Mover Fellows with Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, in Aspen, CO.


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 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. For more than 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 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 Trisha King, Program Associate, Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, at or (212) 895-8065.