The Mercedes T. Bass Lecture Presents Reflections on Leadership: Einstein, Franklin & Jobs

July 11, 2013

Contact: Cristal Logan
Director, Aspen Community Programs
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7929

The Mercedes T. Bass Lecture Presents Reflections on Leadership: Einstein, Franklin & Jobs
Featuring President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson 

Aspen, CO, July 11, 2013 –– The Aspen Institute will be hosting the Mercedes T. Bass Lecture featuring Institute President and CEO, Walter Isaacson in an event entitled Reflections on Leadership: Einstein, Franklin, and Jobs.  This event will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM on July 16, 2013 in the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. Tickets are $20 each and are on sale through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.

After ten years as president of the Aspen Institute and completing his three best-selling biographies, Walter weaves together the stories of leadership lived by Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born in New Orleans, and is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.

He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Tickets to the event can be purchased in person at the Wheeler Opera House, online at, or by calling 970-920-5770.  For more information on other events open to the public, please call the information line at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

NOTE: Event details subject to change. 

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 discussing and acting on critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.


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