Aspen Executive Seminar Overview
Aspen Executive Seminar
Leadership, Values, and the Good Society
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.
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.
- 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
“What attracted me to my seminar was that it wasn’t the ‘typical’ executive training where you discuss technical management skills. Instead, the curriculum challenged you to think about your values and leadership.”
Senior Director, Social Impact Investing & External Affairs YWCA USA
“The tactical leadership programs are a dime a dozen. You can find them on any street corner, but if you want a program that will help you see through a different lens and feel the guidance of timeless literature and timeless thinking, the insights are profound.”
Founder of Mitchell, Former CEO of Dentsu Aegis Relations Network
“Thanks to the Aspen Executive Seminar… I have created an environment where people feel safer to be critical in their thinking and to use critical thought as a way to innovate and problem-solve.”
Managing Director, Wilson Cables Private LTD
“I was extremely impressed by the cohort and appreciative of the great moderators. They truly set the tone for an extraordinary experience and provided a safe space to ensure all participants and could be their authentic selves.”
VP, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
“I was really pushed and challenged that week and still reflect often about how I was able and at times not able to be vulnerable in that room with a group of people who I’d met days earlier. It’s absolutely something that I’ve home with me and informs how I can lead with authenticity and the values ythat the seminar helped me sharpen.”
Vice President, Partnerships, Cedar
“Reason is important. Aptitude is critical. However, if we forget our humanity… I think that we run the risk of going astray. I think the seminar does a really great job emphasizing all three dimensions as we tackle some of the bigger questions of the ‘great conversation.”
Executive Director, The Loop Lab