Aspen Institute Mobilizes Next Generation of Leaders to Positively Impact Society

March 3, 2022

The 2022 Class of Henry Crown Fellows pledge to take action through new leadership ventures.

Contact: Stacy Zimmerman
Program Manager, Sourcing & Fellow Selection
Henry Crown Fellowship Program
(202) 736-3583

Washington, DC, March 3, 2022 –– The Aspen Institute today announced its 2022 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all between the ages of 30-45, to tackle the world’s most intractable problems. All are proven entrepreneurial leaders, mostly from the private business sector, 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, a curated mosaic of leaders with a global perspective,” said Tonya Hinch, 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.”

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The Henry Crown Fellows for 2022 are:

Michael Dubin, Founder & Former CEO, Dollar Shave Club, Venice, CA.

Andy Eastes, Cofounder & CEO, SkuVault, Louisville, KY.

Nicole Feld Strauss, EVP & Board Director, Feld Entertainment, Inc., New York, NY.

Laura González-Estéfani, Founder & CEO, TheVentureCity, Miami, FL.

Kristofer Howard, President & CEO, Madison Safety & Flow, Madison Industries, Chicago, IL.

Shama Hyder, Founder & CEO, Zen Media, Miami, FL.

Meghan Joyce, COO & EVP of Platform, Oscar Health, Weston, MA.

Shilla Kim-Parker, Cofounder & CEO, Thrilling, South Salem, NY.

Brandon Leonardo, Cofounder, Instacart, Redwood City, CA.

Alana Mayo, President, Orion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA.

Andréa McBride John, Cofounder & CEO, McBride Sisters Wine Co., San Francisco, CA.

Emma McIlroy, Founder & CEO, WILDFANG, Portland, OR.

Isaac Oates, Founder & CEO, Justworks, New York, NY.

Geoff Price, Cofounder, Chief Innovation Officer & Board Director, Oak Street Health, Chicago, IL.

Monique Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, MIELLE Organics, LLC., St. John, IN.

Davyeon Ross, Cofounder & President, DDS Sports/ShotTracker, Overland Park, KS.

Jason Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer, Old Time Pottery, Mufreesboro, TN.

Neha Desai Shah, Cofounder, President & Board Member, GEP, Princeton, NJ.

Lindsay Shookus, Producer, SNL, NBCUniversal, New York, NY.

Elias Torres, Cofounder & CTO, Drift, Belmont, MA.

Nick Tran, Former Global Head of Marketing, TikTok, Los Angeles, CA.

Luis von Ahn, Cofounder & CEO, Duolingo, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.


The Henry Crown Fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It 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 program is the flagship Fellowship of the Aspen Institute and the founding Fellowship of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. For more information, visit

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. Because of their demonstrated accomplishments and abilities, they have been selected to join one of 13 geographic or sector-specific AGLN Fellowships around the world.  Fellows convene annually at the AGLN’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. For more information, visit 

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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