Aspen Institute Names Emerging Leaders as 2013 Henry Crown Fellows

March 12, 2013

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


Washington, DC, March 12, 2012 –– The Aspen Institute today announced its 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship engages the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. The Fellowship 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 meaningful 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 to put thought into action. 

“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 Fellows for 2013 are:

Tracey Abbott, vice president strategic planning, Footlocker, Inc., New York, NY
Joshua Baer, chief innovation officer, Return Path and Managing Director, Capital Factory, Austin, TX
Sidney Breyer, founder and board member, Alog Data Centers do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Chuck Chai, president and chief investment officer, Hillspire LLC, Menlo Park, CA
Christopher Gergen, chief executive officer, Forward Impact, Durham, NC
Michelle Goldberg, partner, Ignition Partners LLC, Bellevue, WA
Jae Goodman, chief creative officer and co-head CAA Marketing, Creative Artist’s Agency, Los Angeles, CA
Mark Harris, founder and chief executive officer, Axiom, San Francisco, CA
Christina Hennington, vice president merchandise manager, Beauty and Personal Care, Target, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Cindy Kent, vice president & general manager of the Gastro/Urology Therapies, Medtronic, Inc., Fridley, MN
Nancy Lublin, chief executive officer,, New York, NY
Mark Lundstrom, founder & chief executive officer, BioScale, Inc., Lexington, MA
Alissa Hsu Lynch, vice president and general manager, Consumer Products, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ
Ceasar C. Mitchell, council president, Atlanta City Council, Atlanta, GA
Jessica Rolph, chief operating officer and founding partner, HappyFamily, Boise, ID
Ryan Ruskin, president and chief operating officer, The Ruskin Group, Chicago, IL
Josh Silverman, president, US consumer services, American Express, New York, NY
Justin B. Smith, president, Atlantic Media Company, Washington, DC
Javier Alberto Soto, president and chief executive officer, The Miami Foundation, Miami, FL
Chad Troutwine, co-Founder and chief executive officer, Veritas Prep, Malibu, CA 

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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, nearly 1,600 “Fellows” from 45 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 dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India and the Middle East

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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