Nominate a First Mover Fellow

First Mover Fellows are exceptional corporate social intrapreneurs who are creating new products, services and practices at the intersection of business growth and positive social and environmental change.

Do you know a potential First Mover Fellow? We’re looking for candidates who:

  • Work in core business functions (e.g., finance, marketing, legal, etc.) of large companies, rather than CSR departments
  • Have demonstrated passion and capacity for working at the intersection of business growth and positive social and environmental change
  • Have a track record of innovation, coupled with a sense of humility about his or her accomplishments
  • Would be excited about and committed to an Aspen Institute Fellowship that requires:
  1. Attendance at three four-day seminars over one year
  2. Active engagement with peers and experts across industries
  3. The pursuit of a meaningful project that combines business profitability and social or environment impact
  4. Joining a lifelong community of exceptional social intrapreneurs
  5. A Fellowship fee (approx. $27k)

We seek diverse nominations across industry, geography, functional responsibility and demographics. Please note, however, that the program is restricted to employees of for-profit companies only.

The Fellowship Financial Commitment

The Fellowship is a program of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. Fellows’ companies pay a participation fee of $26,800, payable in two installments. The first payment of $23,900 is due on July 1st. It covers program delivery costs, as well as accommodations and all meals during the three First Mover seminars in Colorado, Maryland and New York. The second payment of $2,900 is due on February 1st the following year. This payment covers post-Fellowship follow up, including check-ins on project progress; ongoing program evaluation; and introduction of new Fellows into the broader Aspen First Movers community.

This fee does not include travel costs to attend the seminars. Fellows’ companies pay the fees and travel costs for those who have been selected for this program.

The Nomination and Selection Process

We do not accept self-nominations to the Fellowship. All candidates must be nominated by colleagues, business or academic leaders.

First round interviews are conducted with promising candidates between December – March each year. Candidates selected for the second round are invited to complete an application form that includes a description of the idea that they want to turn into action if selected to be a First Mover Fellow.

The First Movers Fellowship Program staff select the finalists who are then presented to the First Movers Design Team in April each year. Those selected are notified in May. The public announcement is made in June.

How to Nominate

We are always on the lookout for First Movers. Know someone who would make a great candidate? LET US KNOW!