Judith Samuelson is a vice president at the Aspen Institute. As founder and executive director of the Aspen Business and Society Program, she has been at the forefront of fresh thinking about the purpose and impact of business for two decades. Through well-crafted dialogue, leadership opportunities, networks, and commentary in leading media, Samuelson and her Aspen colleagues challenge business executives to place long-term, responsible decision-making at the heart of business practice.
Samuelson’s pioneering efforts have challenged business schools to broaden teaching about the purpose of corporations and, with her colleague, Nancy McGaw, she helped launch a platform for corporate social “intrapreneurs,” the First Movers Fellowship Program. Aspen Business & Society dialogues led by Samuelson gave rise to the Aspen Principles to promote long-term value creation in public companies and The American Prosperity Project, a framework for policy changes that reward long-term investment.
Samuelson worked in legislative affairs in California, banking in New York’s garment center and ran the Ford Foundation’s office of Program-Related Investments. She has a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Management and a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from UCLA. Follow her on Twitter @JudySamuelson and read her blog posts on LinkedIn. Meaningful associations include AFS, All Souls-NYC, Star Island, her Bellagio Fellowship and membership on the board of directors of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CSFI).