Aspen Institute Names Emerging Leaders as 2011 Henry Crown Fellows

March 31, 2011

Contact:  Eric Motley
Managing Director
Henry Crown Fellowship Program
(202) 736-2900

WASHINGTON, DC March 31, 2011—The Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program today announced its 2011 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 executives—most from the business world, all entrepreneurs, all under 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 2011 are: 

Maya Ajmera, 44, Founder, The Global Fund for Children, Washington, DC
Ann Mei Chang, 44, Senior Engineering Director, Google, Mountain View, CA
Michael Cole, 39, Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, Chicago, IL
David Fischer, 38, Vice President, Advertising and Global Operations, Facebook, Inc., Palo Alto, CA
Anand Giridharadas, 29, Author/Columnist, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times Online, Cambridge, MA
Beth Goff, 37, Regional Manager, Knoll, Inc., Dallas, TX
Allan Golston, 44, President, United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
Joshua Greer, 41, Co-Founder and President, RealD, Beverly Hills, CA
Scott Heiferman, 39, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Meetup, New York, NY
Michelle Heying, 42, President and Chief Operating Officer, DynaVox, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Bart Houlahan, 43, Co-Founder, B Lab/B Corporation; Former CFO, COO and President, AND 1, Devon, PA
Ron Huberman, 39, Operating Executive, Chicago Growth Partners and Prairie Capital; Former CEO, Chicago Public School System, Chicago, IL
Lila Ibrahim, 41, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Former General Manager, Intel Corporation, Menlo Park, CA
Amy Langer, 39, Co-Founder, Salo, LLC, Minneapolis, MN
Christina Mace-Turner, 41, Director, Content Strategy, Worldwide Marketing Communications, Apple, Cupertino, CA
Suzanne Malveaux, 44, Anchor, Former White House Correspondent, CNN/Time Warner, Atlanta, GA
Doug McCormick, 42, Managing Partner, Thayer | Hidden Creek, Washington, DC
Meredith Siegfried, 37, President, The NORDAM Group, Inc., Tulsa, OK
Michael Soenen, 41, Former President, CEO and Chairman, FTD Group, Inc., Hermosa Beach, CA
Vance Vanier, 38, Chief Executive Officer and President, Navigenics, Foster City, CA
Alex Wilcox, 41, Founder and CEO, JetSuite; Former Founding President and COO, Kingfisher Airlines, Huntington Beach, CA

(Photos and bios. Ages are as of June 30, 2011.)

“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 1300 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 mission is twofold: 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. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.

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