ACT II: Connect. Engage. Inspire.

June 11, 2009

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jamie Shor

ACT II: Connect. Engage. Inspire.
Emerging Generation of Entrepreneurial Leaders Gather in Aspen for Action Focused Dialogue and Official Launch of Global Network

Washington, DC, June 11, 2009 – The Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) today convened “ACT II”, a biannual gathering of past and present “Fellows” from 12 leadership initiatives associated with the Aspen Institute and modeled on the Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program.  More than 160 Fellows from 23 countries made the trip to Aspen to share experiences and inspire their colleagues to find new avenues to create meaningful change around the world.

Fellows are between the ages of 30 and 45, primarily from the business sector, and have proven themselves through success in their respective fields.  In classes of 20, they commit themselves to four seminars over a two-year period where they jointly explore how to become ever more effective leaders and how to stretch themselves to have a greater impact on the critical challenges facing the societies where they live   They take what they have learned back to their companies and organizations and put all their talk into action through a required leadership project in their own community.

“From grassroots health care delivery systems to green communities to a more dynamic and equitable public education system, fellows have designed and engaged in projects benefiting countless individuals,” said Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Peter Reiling.  “These projects were directly inspired by their time in intensive dialogue with the 19 other fellows in their class.  “ACT II” was born out of a desire to “connect the dots” – that is see the exponential value that can be brought to the world stage when we bring scores of fellows together at one time.  The results could truly change history.”

Fellows in attendance include …

Gina Boswell, President-Global Brands, Alberto Culver, Chicago, IL.

Beth Brooke, Ernst & Young’s Global Vice Chair for Public Policy, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, Washington, DC.

Luis Javier Castro, Founding Partner and Managing Director Mesoamerica Investments, in Costa Rica.
Toby Coppel,
EVP Yahoo!, London, England.

Chadia El Meouchi, Managing Partner of Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm, Beirut, Lebanon

Brooks Entwistle, Managing Director and CEO, Goldman Sachs India, Mumbai, India. Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea in Bethesda, Maryland

Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Hyatt Corporation in Chicago, IL.
Ali Mufuruki, Chairman and CEO of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania based Infotech Investment Group LTD.

Dele Olojede, Pulitzer Prize-winning founder of Timbuktu Media in Lagos, Nigeria

Shamina Singh, Deputy Director & COO, Global Consumer Group Community Relations, Citi, New York, NY

For a list of those fellows in attendance or to request an interview please contact Jamie Shor at

The Aspen Global Leadership Network The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently, 950 “Fellows” from 43 countries — who share a commitment to effective, 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 Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India and the Middle East.


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