The Aspen Institute will Hold the Annual Resnick Aspen Action Forum July 27 – 31, 2017

July 27, 2017

The 2017 Convening will Focus on Effective, Values-based Leadership in a Changing World

Contact: Douglas Farrar
The Aspen Institute
(202) 669 2333

Aspen, CO, July 27, 2017 — The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the 2017 Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Over 380 participants, including Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows, other entrepreneurial leaders from Aspen Institute programs, partners, and invited participants, will gather in Aspen, Colorado from July 27 through July 31, 2017. The theme of this year’s Action Forum is “The Great Re-Set,” which will focus on how, as leaders, to adapt to major global shifts in politics, economics, science, technology, and more without compromising one’s fundamental moral values.

All sessions during these five days are designed to inspire concrete actions that will address critical social challenges in the more than 30 countries represented. The Action Forum gives some of the world’s most innovative leaders – most from business but many from government and civil society organizations – opportunities to learn from one another and to expand their impact by embracing diversity, sharing, and collaboration.

“With so many major global shifts afoot, from surprise decisions by voters throughout the world, to unprecedented movements of people, to technological advances we could only dream about just a few years ago, and so much more, this is certainly a time when we need courageous, enlightened leadership,” said Peter Reiling, Executive Vice President for Leadership at the Aspen Institute. “The founding idea of the Resnick Aspen Action Forum was to provide an opportunity for high-integrity, action-oriented leaders to come together to pause, reflect, and recommit to doing their part to build a better world. That idea has never been more important.”

Each leader attending the Action Forum is asked to make an Action Pledge, a public commitment to address a pressing societal challenge. Since 2013, over 1,000 Action Pledges have been made. Fellows often collaborate and support one another in fulfilling their pledges. They also get assistance from a range of programs created for that purpose by the Aspen Institute. Announced at the Action Forum this year is an expansion of one of those programs — a partnership with law firm Paul Hastings LLP, which has offered to provide up to 500 hours of pro bono professional support from their legal, communications, marketing, finance, IT and HR departments in support of AGLN Fellows’ Action Pledges and leadership ventures.

Resnick Aspen Action Forum speakers include: Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times; Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute; Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State; M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International; Jocelyn Mangan, CEO, Snagajob; Ref Rodriguez, President, Board of Education, Los Angeles School District; and Lisa Skeete Tatum, Founder and CEO, Landit. Livestreams and schedule available here:

There are many ways to stay engaged with the event online:

Endowed funding provided by the RESNICK FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Additional sponsorship provided by: David M. Rubenstein, The John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation, The Skoll Foundation, Skip Battle, Michael Klein and Joany Fabry, Paul Hastings LLP, Margot and Tom Pritzker, Gillian and Robert Steel, The Central America Leadership Initiative Council, The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Foundation, Liberty Fellowship, Nike, Center for Urban Innovation, and the Health Innovators Fellowship.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of more than 2,500 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Fellows convene annually at the AGLN’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. For more information, visit

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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