The Aspen Experience

One Method. Multiple Formats. Infinite Results.

Aspen Leadership Seminars start from a simple premise: the difficult decisions leaders make are moral, not technical. Leaders must understand the values that animate their decisions and leading others requires the ability to understand and forge alignment among diverse values systems. Our seminars meet participants where they are in their leadership journey and then guide them to the next level.

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The Aspen Method of Leadership Development

The Aspen experience is an encounter with who we are, and who—in action—we ought to become. Only you can take that journey. The Aspen Method leverages five key elements to help you reach your personal or professional goals.

Curriculum: A trademark of the Aspen Method, seminar curriculum are an expertly curated mix of short, stimulating readings from the greatest minds in philosophy, literature, economic theory, history, and the social sciences. The readings serve as:

  • a wealth of knowledge and insight
  • lenses for viewing the world and the motivations of others
  • mirrors in which to see ourselves and our actions
  • springboards for tackling contemporary leadership issues

Text-Based Dialogue: Using the readings as a foundation for discussion, moderators will lead you in an intense and enlightening exploration of the value conflicts inherent in all leadership decisions. This dynamic process challenges you and your fellow participants to both expand your perspectives and become more resolved in action.

Moderators: Aspen moderators will transform your approach to living and leading by challenging you to recognize and then find your own answers to the enduring questions of societal, organizational, and personal leadership. Our accomplished seminar moderators have diverse professional backgrounds and expertise in the Aspen Method. Read our moderator bios here.

Participants: Each seminar participant brings a different perspective, professional experience, and value framework to the seminar dialogue. Whether you are taking a seminar with someone from your organization or meeting your fellow participants for the first time, you will all contribute to the learning journey by listening to, probing, challenging, and supporting your fellow seminarians.

Learning Environment: An Aspen Leadership Seminar is a dynamic, brave space of reflective discovery. The spirit of confidentiality and candor makes the process a genuinely impactful, transformative, and joyful experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Aspen Leadership Seminar Outcomes

  • Steadfast understanding of personal leadership values
  • Increased sense of purpose and mission
  • Improved capacity to listen, communicate, and lead
  • Greater self-awareness and capacity for self-correction
  • Enhanced understanding of what motivates people
  • Heightened ability to inspire others and drive change

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 participated and could be their authentic selves.
– Nora Vargas
VP, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

There was a lot of intellectual firepower in the room, and it was great to have so many different perspectives and people who felt so passionately about their perspective. You learn so much through that discourse. The impact is the people in the discourse.
– Bret Hirsh
VP of Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel

What attracted me to my seminar was that it was not the “typical” executive training where you discuss technical management skills. Instead, the curriculum challenged you to think about your values and leadership.
– Liz Lopez
Senior Director of YWCA

The diversity of participants coupled with the moderator’s skilled use of Aspen’s refinement of the Socratic method made for great discussions.
– Alphonse Smith
Deputy Director of the Arts Council of New Orleans

I was really pushed and challenged. It’s absolutely something that I’ve brought home with me and informs how I can lead with authenticity and the values that the seminar helped me sharpen.
– Laura Herman

I think when you’re in corporate America, you think about leading individuals and teams and organizations. A new perspective for me was–how do we lead within a society? I think we have plenty of examples today of lack of leadership, so how then do we help start filling those voids within leadership?
– Ann Finkner
Fmr Consultant, Next Level 

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