Chaired by Institute Trustee Mercedes Bass, the 2013 Aspen Institute Annual Awards Dinner took place at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and feted famed musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Marsalis was honored with the 2013 Henry Crown Leadership Award, which highlights an outstanding leader whose achievements reflect the high standard of honor, integrity, industry, and philanthropy that characterized the life of Henry Crown. The award is presented by Trustees of the Henry and Gladys Crown Charitable Trust Fund in cooperation with the Henry Crown Fellowship Program of the Aspen Institute.
Kissinger received the 2013 Global Leadership Award, which is bestowed upon a leader on the world stage who successfully promotes the ideals of global peace, intercultural understanding, and widespread human progress that are critical to the mission of the Aspen Institute. The recipient has exhibited a deep understanding of the elements vital to building and sustaining civil society, along with a willingness to act boldly to effect positive change throughout the world.
The photo gallery above captures some of the best moments of the evening. To watch the conversations with each honoree, see below.