Aspen Institute Names Entrepreneurial Leaders as 2014 Henry Crown Fellows

March 6, 2014

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

Aspen Institute Names Entrepreneurial Leaders as 2014 Henry Crown Fellows

Washington, DC, March 6, 2014 –– The Aspen Institute today announced its 2014 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 to building a better society. Henry Crown Fellows spend four weeks 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 initiative that will stretch them and have a positive impact on their communities, their country or the world.

“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 2014 are:

LaToya Cantrell, District “B” Councilmember, New Orleans City Council, New Orleans, LA

Ami Dror, Chief Executive Officer, Dror3 LTD, Tel Aviv, Israel

Di-Ann Eisnor, Head of Growth and Global Partnerships, Waze, Palo Alto, CA

Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker, New York, NY

Kristen Grimm, Founder and President, Spitfire Strategies, Washington, DC

Niall Hay, Brand Director, Penske Automotive Group, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI

Andrew Hayek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Care Affiliates, Glencoe, IL

Dan Hoffman, Founder and Former CEO, M5 Networks, Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona, Spain

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (a.k.a. Lupe Fiasco), President and CEO, 1st & 15th Entertainment Group, Chicago, IL

Keli Lee, Executive Vice President of Casting and Talent, ABC Entertainment Group, Burbank, CA

Carl Marci, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Science Officer, Innerscope Research, Inc., Boston, MA

Michelle Marciniak, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, SHEEX, Bethlehem, PA 

Gillian Munson, Chief Financial Officer, XO Group, Inc., New York, NY

Javier Olivan, Vice President, Growth and Analytics, Facebook, Menlo Park, CA

Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder, SherpaGlobal, San Francisco, CA

Navyn Salem, Founder and Executive Director, Edesia Inc., Providence, RI

Nicholas Sellers, Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Alabama Power Company, Birmingham, AL

Rebecca Taichman, Freelance Theater Director, New York, NY

Dylan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Colliers International, Denver, CO

Dolf van den Brink, President and CEO, Heineken USA, Inc., White Plains, NY

Matt Wisdom, Chief Executive Officer, TurboSquid, New Orleans, LA

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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, more than 1,800 Fellows from 46 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, 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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