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"As a CEO, taking time to sharpen the saw is critical.
The Aspen Seminar is the best whetstone out there."
Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO, Netflix

2016 Aspen Seminar Schedule

For over sixty years, our flagship executive leadership development program, the Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society, has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply about the good society. Participants enjoy a neutral forum to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. They emerge from the Aspen Executive Seminar personally renewed, professionally re-focused, and better prepared to lead as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world.

What is the Aspen Executive Seminar?

In a setting conducive to thought and fellowship, each week-long, residential seminar convenes a diverse group of 15-20 leaders for lively, intensive roundtable discussions led by skilled moderators.

The dialogue at an Aspen Executive Seminar is transformative. Classic and contemporary texts reflecting the breadth of human civilization form the starting points of a rich conversation in which the questions posed by the group are frequently as illuminating as the varied, timeless wisdom of the texts. The short videos below produced by the Aspen Global Leadership Network offer a window into the sorts of dialogue that Aspen Executive Seminar participants engage in. The Aspen Executive Seminar is the cornerstone of both our Global Leadership Network and open enrollment executive leadership program

These films are a gift to the Aspen Institute and to the Aspen Global Leadership Network from the 2009 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. Our profound thanks to the Fellows, Moderators and donors who took part in their creation.

To learn more about an Aspen Seminar, read Seminars Director Todd Breyfogle's recent article on the Aspen Idea Magazine.

Who participates in the Aspen Executive Seminar?

A diverse group of leaders from across the world and sectors make up the mosaic of an Aspen Executive Seminar. Typically, leaders apply to this competitive and rigorous program because they:

- Are looking for a thoughtful and intensive leadership development program
- Want to emerge personally and professionally invigorated
- Want to increase their decision-making skills
- Want to clarify their core values as they strive to live more significant professional and personal lives
- Are looking to better understand the tensions inherent in conceptions of the good society
- Want to be challenged to think more deeply and act more justly

Click here to find out more about typical Aspen Executive Seminar participant and what they're saying about the experience.


Cost to attend in 2016: $10,450, inclusive of lodging, meals, group events, and materials (cancellation policy). Airfare is not included; early flight booking is strongly recommended. Limited financial assistance, typically not exceeding 50% of the fee, is available on a competitive basis for those who qualify.

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2016 Dates

March 12-18 (Aspen, CO)
April 2-8 (Aspen, CO)
April 30-May 6 (Wye River, MD)
May 14-20 (Wye River, MD)
June 4-10 (Aspen, CO)
August 20-26 (Aspen, CO)
September 10-16 (Aspen, CO)
October 1-7 (Wye River, MD)