Aspen Executive Seminar Overview

Aspen Executive Leadership Seminar

For 70 years the Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society has challenged participants in every field to achieve meaningful leadership growth through a critical examination of their core values. The Aspen Executive Seminar is an invitation for every leader to answer the question ‘How do I lead well and live justly in a good society?’ We offer the invitation, you discover your answer.

Clarify values. Catalyze action.

Seminar Premise

The truly difficult problems leaders face are ultimately human problems: problems concerning relationships to ourselves, to others, to our organizations, and to society. We cannot lead others through this complex landscape until we fully understand it and know how to navigate it ourselves.
Read more about the history of the Seminar here.

What You Will Learn:

Leading others requires the ability to understand and forge alignment among diverse values systems. The Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society will provide you with the tools to identify the cultural context and underlying values systems in which your organization and colleagues operate, successfully navigate the tensions among values in your current role, and leverage your personal leadership philosophy to tackle your most pressing leadership challenges.

Aspen Method of Leadership Development:

The Aspen Method appeals to both the professional and the personal dimensions of leading. The small group, text-based dialogue process will challenge you to expand your perspectives, refine your understanding, and become more resolved in action. Read more about the Aspen Method here.

Key Outcomes:

  • greater self-knowledge and an authentic leadership style rooted in core values
  • increased self-directed vision and the ability to inspire others
  • enhanced abilities to deal with ambiguity, complexity, and change
  • improved capacity to work with diverse groups towards a common purpose
  • a council of dedicated peers from diverse sectors

Who Should Attend:

Leaders in the corporate, non-profit, civil service, or military sectors who are seeking

  • a thought-provoking, interactive program that focuses on leadership, not simply management skills
  • to integrate previous skills training in a deeper framework of values
  • clarity during a professional inflection point, promotion, or career transition
  • to engage with alternate leadership styles and strategies

Have questions before you apply?

Join a free “Flash Seminar” taking place on May 25 from 12:00-1:00PM ET to experience the Aspen method of text-based dialogue firsthand. Expect to be engaged and participate throughout the duration of the flash seminar to best understand what the full seminar experience could do for you. You’ll get a teaser on themes explored around the seminar table and get a glimpse at what an Aspen dialogue is like alongside other leaders. Please be prepared to participate with cameras and a microphone on! 


2022 Seminar dates

April 9-15, 2022 in Aspen, CO (Applications Closed)

May 7-13, 2022 in Aspen, CO (Applications Closed)

June 4-10, 2022 in Aspen, CO

August 20-26, 2022 in Aspen, CO

October 15-21, 2022 in Aspen, CO (Waitlist Only)

2022 Seminar Fee: $12,950*

*inclusive of seminar materials, meals, lodging, and activities

2023 Seminar dates

May 6-12, 2023 in Aspen, CO

June 3-9, 2023 in Aspen, CO

August 5-11, 2023 in Aspen, CO

September 2-8, 2023 in Aspen, CO

October 14-20, 2023 in Aspen, CO

Sign-up to be notified first when applications open later this fall.


The Aspen Institute is committed to creating a safe seminar experience for all participants. Please see our latest COVID-19 safety guidelines here.

We are monitoring new variants and caseloads and are prepared to adjust the in-person seminars to meet health and safety guidelines. In addition, the Aspen Institute guidelines will be regularly updated to meet the latest health and safety guidance of the CDC and local authorities. If you anticipate any issues or have any concerns, please contact Kalissa Hendrickson at [email protected].


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