Join us for a celebratory reception to mark the beginning of an exciting summer of programming in Aspen and a wonderful opportunity to get to know Warwick Sabin, Society of Fellows’ new Executive Director, in conversation with Kitty Boone, Vice President of Public Programs and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute.
Warwick Sabin is the Executive Director of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
He served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2013-19, and in 2014, he was among 24 national political leaders awarded the Rodel Fellowship by the Aspen Institute for his “outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.”
Before assuming his position at the Aspen Institute, Sabin was Senior Director of U.S. Programs at Winrock International. Previously, he was the founding director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Before that, he was publisher of the Oxford American magazine, and in 2009, he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. His additional professional experience includes serving as director of development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, the U.S. Embassy in London, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was president of the student body.
Kitty Boone is Vice President of Public Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Ideas Festival. Kitty is responsible for oversight of a broad array of public facing programs and events at the Aspen Institute. She is the primary executive in charge of the Aspen Ideas Festival, a week-long conference that is hosted by the Institute and The Atlantic magazine each summer in Aspen. She also supports and works with colleagues on numerous additional programs which the Institute partners in or manages, including Aspen Ideas: Health, Aspen Abu Dhabi Ideas Forum, City Lab, and various smaller initiatives. Kitty has worked at the Aspen Institute since 2003. Prior to joining The Aspen Institute, where she also had responsibilities for seminar programs, Kitty served as Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Aspen Skiing Company, where she worked for 11 years.
A native of San Francisco and a graduate of Stanford University, Kitty began her career in Washington DC as an intern for a national environmental group, ultimately coming to Aspen in 1989, after stints in the public and private sector and earning her Master’s in Public and Private Management at Yale School of Management. She is a proud mom of twins– a junior in college and a Navy Seal recruit. Kitty sits on two boards in Aspen, and is passionate to learn why some people are so curious.