Aspen Institute Names 2009 Henry Crown Fellows

March 30, 2009

Contact: Jill Courtenay (805) 962-9412

SANTA BARBARA, CA March 30, 2009—The Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program today announced its 2009 Class of Henry Crown Fellows.

The Henry Crown Fellowship is designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. It brings together entrepreneurial young executives and professionals under age 45 who have already achieved conspicuous success in their chosen fields and are at a point of inflection in their lives and careers. The two-year program comprises a structured series of four seminars and each Fellow will undertake an individual leadership project.

The Henry Crown Fellows for 2009 are:

Anita Antenucci, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey, McLean, VA
Ricky Arriola, President and CEO, Inktel Direct Corporation, Miami Lakes, FL
Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the
President, Washington, DC
William Berkman, Managing Partner, Associated Partners, LP, New York, NY
Rebecca Blumenstein, International News Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
Paul Brient, President and CEO, PatientKeeper, Inc., Newton, MA
John Crowley, President and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., Cranbury, NJ
James Currier, Founder and CEO, Ooga Labs LLC, San Francisco, CA
Timothy Ferriss, Entrepreneur and Author,, San Francisco, CA
Paul Gaffney, Chief Operating Officer, Desktone, Inc., Chelmsford, MA
Antonio Gracias, Founder and CEO, Valor Equity Partners, Chicago, IL
Susan Hassan, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago, IL
Lily Kanter, Co-Founder and CEO, Serena & Lily, Sausalito, CA
Peter Karabatsos, Senior Director, Intellectual Property Strategy, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL
Daniel Kinder, Partner, Park Avenue Equity Partners, New York, NY
Michelle Kydd Lee, Foundation Director, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Mendelsohn, Founder and CEO,New Leaf Paper, San Francisco, CA
Eric Reeves, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Duchossois Group, Inc., Elmhurst, IL
Rosa Scarcelli, Owner and President,Stanford Management LLC, Portland, ME
Tamsin Spencer Smith, Founder and President,SlipStreamStrategy, San Francisco, CA
Carla Vernón, Director-Kid Cereals, General Mills, Golden Valley, MN

“We are delighted with this year’s class of Henry Crown Fellows,” 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.”

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), now comprising over 900 Fellows from 43 countries, all of whom are committed to applying their entrepreneurial talents to address the foremost challenges of their organizations, communities, and countries.

The Aspen Institute isan international non-profit organization founded in 1950. Its mission is to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

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