American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute: Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders

The purpose of the American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute: Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders is to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders. This values-based leadership development program strengthens the capacity of fifteen accomplished nonprofit leaders annually. Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, the Fellowship offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. They then apply these insights to their work as nonprofit leaders.

Fellows are selected through a competitive process, with nominations submitted by American Express Leadership Academy partners and American Express grant recipients. The fellows represent a talented cohort of executive and management level nonprofit professionals and social entrepreneurs working in organizations that enrich communities and tackle pressing social issues. Participants hail from diverse, global backgrounds, and share a proven commitment to serving the public good.

For more information, read this firsthand account of the Fellowship experience by 2018 Academy 2.0 Fellow Seth Cothrun, senior director of marketing and development at the Senoran Institute. His blog post was published in the Arizona State University Lodestar Center blog on November 6, 2018.


The 2019 American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute was held in Aspen, CO from Sunday, August 18 to Friday, August 23.


Nominations for the fellowship are by invitation only.

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