Executive Leadership Development

We believe that the most effective leadership begins with self-leadership, and that leaders need time and space away from the urgent to reflect, in the company of diverse and inquiring peers, on what is most essential. Our unique, humanities-based approach to leadership development uses a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical and literary texts as the basis for intensive, interactive roundtable discussions led by skilled moderators in small groups of 15-20 participants. Participants in our seminars emerge personally renewed, professionally re-focused, and better prepared to lead as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world. Read here how alumni describe this transformative experience.

“As a CEO, taking time to sharpen the saw is critical. The Aspen Seminar is the best whetstone out there.”
—Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO, Netflix

Alumni join a global professional and personal network of individuals who have been transformed by the Aspen experience and who continue to learn and grow together. They also have the opportunity to join the broader range of the Aspen Institute’s programs. The short videos below produced by graduates of our Aspen Global Leadership Network offer a window into the sorts of dialogue that seminar participants engage in.