Aspen Institute Mobilizes New Generation of Leaders

March 15, 2016

Contact: Martha Lange
Program Manager
Henry Crown Fellowship Program
(805) 962-9412

Aspen Institute Mobilizes New Generation of Leaders
to Positively Impact Society

March 15, 2016 –– The Aspen Institute today announced its 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all under the age of 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 new 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 20th 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 2016 are:

Godard Abel, Co-Founder and Chairman, G2 Crowd; SVP and General Manager, SteelBrick at Salesforce, San Francisco, CA.
Danielle Applestone, Co-Founder and CEO, Other Machine Co., San Francisco, CA.
Dwayne Bernal, Co-Founder and President, Royal Engineers and Consultants, LLC, New Orleans, LA.
Stacy Brown-Philpot, Chief Operating Officer, TaskRabbit, San Francisco, CA.
Marcelo Claure, President and CEO, Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, KS.
Craig Cummings, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, RideScout, Austin, TX.
Sebastien de Halleux, Chief Operating Officer, Saildrone, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Pete Flint, Co-Founder and former CEO, Trulia, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Dan Graham, Co-Founder and CEO, BuildASign, Austin, TX.
Mateo Jaramillo, VP, Products and Programs, Tesla Energy, San Francisco, CA.
Paul Judge, Co-Founder and Chairman, Luma; Co-Founder and Chairman, Pindrop; Co-Founder, TechSquare Labs, Atlanta, GA.
Kim Kingsley, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, POLITICO, Washington, DC.
Meredith Kopit-Levien, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, The New York Times, New York, NY.
Jocelyn Mangan, Former SVP, Product Management, OpenTable, Oakland, CA
Harold Mills, Vice Chairman and former CEO, ZeroChaos, Orlando, FL.
Shabnam Mogharabi, CEO, SoulPancake, Los Angeles, CA.
Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Chief Marketing Officer, Rackspace, Austin, TX.
Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Founder, EXTREMEYOU; Former President, Equinox, New York, NY.
Nic Thomley, Founder and CEO, Morning Star Financial Services; Founder and Chairman, Summit Fiscal Agency and Pinnacle Services, Minneapolis, MN.
Nina Vaca, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Pinnacle Group, Dallas, TX.
Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest, New York, NY.
Dan Wagner, Founder and CEO, Civis Analytics, Chicago, IL.

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 (AGLN).

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently, more than 2,100 Fellows from 49 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 17 Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China.

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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