Aspen Institute Mobilizes New Generation of Leaders to Positively Impact Society

March 23, 2018

Announcing the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows

Contact: Stacy Zimmerman
Program Associate for Sourcing
Henry Crown Fellowship Program
(202) 736-3583

Washington, DC, March 23, 2018 –– The Aspen Institute today announced its 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all between 30-45, to tackle the world’s most intractable problems. All are proven entrepreneurs, mostly from the world of business, who have reached a point in their lives where, having achieved success, they are ready to apply their creative talents and skill sets to building a better society.

Henry Crown Fellows spend four weeks over the course of two years in structured retreat – exploring their leadership, their core values, their vision for a “Good Society” and their desired legacies. But the Fellowship is not just about reflection. It is also about action: each Fellow launches a Leadership Venture that will stretch them and have a positive impact on their communities, their country, or the world.

“We are especially delighted with this year’s class of Henry Crown Fellows, the 22nd since the Fellowship was founded,” said Peter Reiling, executive director of the program. “For society, they represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times. For them, they are embarking on a personal journey—a journey ‘from success to significance’—that will change their lives forever. I know. I’m a Henry Crown Fellow too.”

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The Henry Crown Fellows for 2018 are:
Cris Abrego, Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas & CEO, Endemol Shine North America, North Hollywood, CA.
Inaki Berenguer, Co-founder & CEO, CoverWallet, New York, NY.
Jean Brownhill, Founder & CEO, Sweeten, New York, NY.
Dayna Frank, President & CEO, First Avenue Productions, Minneapolis, MN.
Apu Gupta, Co-founder & CEO, Curalate, Philadelphia, PA.
Julia Hartz, Co-founder & CEO, Eventbrite, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Carla Hassan, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Toys R Us, New York, NY.
Lani Hay, Founder, President & CEO, Lanmark Technology (LMT), Inc., Vienna, VA.
Jim Hilt, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer & eCommerce, Express, Columbus, OH.
Athena Karp, Founder & CEO, HiredScore, New York, NY.
Sarah Kauss, Founder & CEO, S’well, New York, NY.
Ivana Kirkbride, General Manager, Digital Entertainment, Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, Los Angeles, CA.
Jieho Lee, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Knighted Ventures, Beverly Hills, CA.
Kenneth Lin, Founder & CEO, Credit Karma, San Francisco, CA.
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky UK & Ireland, London, UK.
Ryan Nece, Founder & Managing Partner, Next Play Capital, W. Toluca Lake, CA.
Yana Peel, Chief Executive Officer, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK.
Austin Ramirez, President & CEO, Husco International, Milwaukee, WI.
Rachel Shechtman, Founder & CEO, STORY, New York, NY.
Bill Smith, Founder & CEO, Shipt, Birmingham, AL.
Trina Spear, Co-founder & Co-CEO, FIGS, Los Angeles, CA.
Brennan Turner, Founder, President & CEO, FarmLead, Ottawa, Ontario, CA.
Melanie Whelan, Chief Executive Officer, SoulCycle, New York, NY.

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program was established in 1997 to honor the life and career of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990) and was initially funded by the Henry and Gladys Crown Charitable Trust Fund. The Fellowship is the flagship program within the Aspen Global Leadership Network. For more information, visit

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently, more than 2,500 Fellows from over 50 countries — who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the 14 Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China. For more information, visit 

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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