Aspen Institute Continues Speaker Series at Aspen High School

October 6, 2009  • Alexa Wahl

For Immediate Release
Contact: Beth Slater
The Aspen Institute
Ph: (970) 544-7914
Email: [email protected]


Aspen, CO, October 6, 2009 — The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the first speaker of the 2009-2010 Speaking to the Future Series. The Series takes place in the Seminar Room at Aspen High School, from 11:30 AM to12:10 PM. Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is open to high school students only, but will also be filmed and aired by Grassroots Television, Channel 12. For more information please call (970) 544-7914.

The Speaking to the Future Series features speakers who are affiliated with the Institute. They will share insights on their work as well as their perspectives on the future. “The series has been really popular among students and teachers. Students ask excellent questions and the speakers enjoy interacting with high school students,” explained Cristal Logan, director of Community Programs for the Institute. “The perspectives of the students are pragmatic and insightful.”


This year’s series will kick off on October 21, 2009 with Lee Bycel, Executive Director of the newly formed Redford Center. The Redford Center’s mission is to collaborate with diverse leaders and artists in cultivating creative, action-based solutions to some of today’s most compelling civic, environmental and social challenges. The Redford Center offers a variety of programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and at Sundance for leaders from different sectors with the goal being to foster change in policy and at a grassroots level.


Prior to his current role, he was Executive Director, West Region of American Jewish World Service (AJWS). AJWS is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world, regardless of race, religion or nationality.


Bycel also previously served as Senior Advisor, Global Strategy of International Medical Corps and is a Senior Moderator of Leadership Seminars at The Aspen Institute. He has facilitated many workshops on leadership issues, ethics, and strategy for a variety of corporate and non-profit groups He served as President of the County of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations. He has a number of publications to his credit as well as being the recipient of many awards including the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ) Humanitarian Award.


Past speakers in the Series include Pulitzer Prize–winning author Martin J. Sherwin, workshop leader Dr. David Bisno, energy and oil economist Dr. Philip K Verleger, Chairman of the Institute Board of Trustees Bill Mayer, and Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.


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