The Aspen Institute Holds the Annual Resnick Aspen Action Forum

July 25, 2018

From July 25 – 28, the 2018 convening will focus on Fearless Leadership and the importance of values-based leadership in an ever changing and complicated world.

Aspen, CO, July 25, 2018 — The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the 2018 Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Over 330 participants, including Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows, other entrepreneurial leaders from Aspen Institute programs, partners, and invited participants, will gather in Aspen, Colorado from July 25 through July 28, 2018. The theme of this year’s Action Forum is “Fearless Leadership” and will focus on how leaders navigate in their roles during times of uncertainty, unrest, and upheaval.

The Action Forum gives some of the world’s most innovative leaders – most from business but many from government and civil society organizations – opportunities to learn from one another and to expand their impact by embracing diversity, sharing, and collaboration. The dialogues and workshops taking place over these four days are designed to inspire meaningful actions that will address critical social challenges in the more than 25 countries represented.

“For nearly 70 years, the Aspen Institute has convened leaders and challenged them to build a better society based on their values. That tradition carries on today, especially through the Resnick Aspen Action Forum,” said David Langstaff, interim executive vice president for leadership and seminars at the Aspen Institute. “Given the massive shifts affecting business, governments, and society, the need to explore courageous, fearless leadership has never been more timely or pressing.”

Each leader attending the Action Forum is asked to make an Action Pledge, a public commitment to address a pressing societal challenge. Since 2013, over 1,200 Action Pledges have been made.

Resnick Aspen Action Forum speakers include: Dan Porterfield, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute; Lynda Resnick, Co-Owner and Vice Chairman, The Wonderful Company, Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; David Brooks, Journalist and Executive Director, Weave: The Social Fabric Project, The Aspen Institute; Sheila Marcelo, Chairwoman & CEO,; Frederick Swaniker, Founder & CEO, African Leadership University; Shamina Singh, EVP, Sustainability & President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard.

There are many ways to stay engaged with the event online:

Endowed funding provided by the RESNICK FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Additional sponsorship provided by: David M. Rubenstein, The John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation, Paul Hastings LLP, The Skoll Foundation,, Cognizant, Gillian and Robert Steel, Margot and Tom Pritzker, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Michael Klein and Joan Fabry, The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Health Innovators Fellowship, Liberty Fellowship, and Nike.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 60 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Fellows convene annually at the AGLN’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. 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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