Upcoming Events

New York, NY

Tuesday, February 27: SOF Discussion Reception: Beyond 9 to 5: Exploring the Future of Work
Generously underwritten by Brunswick Group
5:30-7:30 p.m. ET. In partnership with Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program.
Featuring Erica Keswin, best-selling author, speaker, workplace strategist; Rebekah Metts-Childers, Partner, Brunswick; and Lauren Starks, Director of Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative, Economic Opportunities Program, the Aspen Institute; in conversation with Emma Goldberg, Business Reporter, New York Times. The panel will delve into the transformative trends reshaping the professional landscape and work experience in the U.S, including the persistence of remote and hybrid work models since the pandemic, the impact of artificial intelligence on job roles, and the importance of upskilling in a rapidly changing job market and strategies for ensuring workforce retention. Register here.

Monday, May 13: SOF Discussion Reception: Family Philanthropy & Social Impact
Generously underwritten by Bernstein Private Wealth Management
5:30-7:30 p.m. ET. In partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Philanthropy and Social Innovation Program.
Steeped in a deep legacy of giving, experts Howard Buffett, philanthropist, political consultant, political scientist, and writer; Joshua Lauder, Business Development and Marketing at Indagare; and Elizabeth Newton, Director of Family Engagement and Advisory Services at Crown Family Philanthropies, will share insights into meaningful deployment of capital to maximize impact. Register here.

Washington, DC

Wednesday, February 28: Food and Society: Job Quality in the Fields: Improving Farm Work in the US
2:00-2:15 p.m. ET. Better jobs for farm workers are possible and within reach. Multiple states have led the way in legislating better pay and protections, including the right to organize, a right these essential workers have long been excluded from. New high-road business models are showing ways workers and owners can succeed together, and new technologies are being developed to make farm work safer. But poor pay, dangerous working conditions, and inadequate labor and immigration laws persist for the vast majority of farm workers. Register here.

Monday, May 6: Susan and John Klein Book Series featuring Kai Bird
5:00-7:00 p.m. ET. We are thrilled to invite you to the Susan and John Klein Book Series event on Monday, May 6 featuring Kai Bird on his book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert OppenheimerAs a Society of Fellows member, you are invited to attend a private reception with Kai Bird following the book talk at 6:00 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Aspen Institute headquarters. The public conversation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will take place on the 8th floor.  Register here. 

Miami, FL

Sunday, March 10: SOF Discussion Reception: Aspen Ideas: Climate Preview
Generously Underwritten by Brunswick Group
3:30-5:30 p.m. ET. Join us to celebrate the kickoff of the 2024 Aspen Ideas: Climate where we will hear from select premier festival speakers in an exclusive sneak peek gathering for SOF members and Ideas VIP guests. Featuring Monica Medina, President and CEO  Wildlife Conservation Society.
Additional speakers will be announced soon. Register here.

Monday, March 11- Wednesday March 13: Aspen Ideas: Climate
In collaboration with the City of Miami Beach and a diverse group of partner institutions in and beyond South Florida, the Aspen Institute is enlisting global and local policymakers, scientific experts, corporate leaders, inventors and innovators, artists, young leaders, influencers, and engaged members of the public to participate in Aspen Ideas: Climate 2024. This multi-day event will feature main stages both in and outdoors, breakout and roundtable sessions, tours of local and historic resilience points of interest, as well as fashion, food, art, and music activities. Aspen Ideas: Climate is designed to offer the public a chance to interact, learn, and collaborate with thinkers and do-ers whose actions are critical to addressing our collective future around the realities of a changing climate. More information here.

Palm Beach, FL

Wednesday, March 6: SOF Art as Advocacy Series
Generously underwritten by Christie’s
1) Public Art and Civic Identity Panel
from 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET. Featuring Dustin Yellin, multidisciplinary artist and founder and director of Pioneer Works, a nonprofit cultural center that builds community through the arts and sciences to create an open and curious world; Laurie Tisch, philanthropist and founder of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, supporter of Healing Walls: New York City Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project 2019-2021; Ghislain d’Humières, Director and Chief Executive Officer at Norton Museum of Art, and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Founder and Creative Director of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU. Genna Moe, Senior Director of the Society of Fellows, will moderate a conversation about the positive impact that large scale collaborative creative projects have on our communities and how the arts are powerful drivers of civic progress.
2) Multigenerational Collecting and Gifting with Impact Panel 10:45-11:45 a.m. ET. Featuring Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and curator; and Dan Edelman, President, Henry and Rose Perlman Foundation. Capera Ryan, Deputy Chairman at Christie’s Auction House, will moderate a conversation on the legacies of multigenerational collecting, good custodianship, and the importance of gifting to create impact. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Register here.

Aspen, CO

October 2023-March 2024: Aspen Community Programs: Sharing Shakespeare
Back by popular demand, the Aspen Institute presents the Sharing Shakespeare Series, curated by Tom Buesch, PhD.  Exploring another round of William Shakespeare’s plays, volunteer moderators will lead participants through lively discussions dissecting the intriguing themes and characters in Shakespeare that still resonate today. Participants will read one play per month and share their insights and questions to reach a fuller understanding of the Bard’s works. Register here.

Friday, February 16-Monday, February 19: Socrates Program: Winter Socrates Seminar 2024
The Aspen Institute Socrates Program provides a forum for emerging leaders from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. Socrates also provides the opportunity for participants to enter into a diverse professional network, and into the broader range of the Aspen Institute’s programs. Use code “SOF500” for a 20% discount for members of SOF exclusively. Register here.

Monday, March 4: SOF Discussion Reception: Indigenous Practices, Youth Leadership, and Hot Ice
5:00-7:00 p.m. MT. In partnership with Aspen Public Radio.
In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth, join us to hear about lived experiences of Indigenous communities on the frontlines fighting to save sea ice and working to address the accelerated warming of the planet. With great concern that the Arctic is heating faster than anywhere else on Earth, special guests, including Nikki Santos, Executive Director of the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute; Tayler Higgins, Youth Advocate attending the University of Alaska Anchorage; Charitie Ropati, Indigenous Scientist attending the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University; Chuck Striplen, PhD Interdisciplinary Environmental Scientist Tribal Relations Specialist; Sally Ann Ranney, President and Co-founder of Global Choices will share stories and lend insights regarding solutions rooted in traditional knowledge, and how we can restore our relationship with the land through innovative science-driven policy that incorporates Indigenous Knowledge Systems to shape the path forward toward a more sustainable future. Focused on investing in people and process as much as projects, we will also learn about youth-led intergenerational action networks fighting for climate security. This conversation will be moderated by Graihagh Jackson, BBC Senior Journalist and host of The Climate Question. Register here.

Monday, July 22: SOF Art As Advocacy Series
Generously underwritten by Christie’s
1) Tour of Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies and Walking Landscape Tour (OPTIONAL) 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. MT.
2) Art and Diplomacy Panel from 3:00-4:00 p.m. MT. featuring Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress; and Ellen Susman, former Director of Art in Embassies. Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Policy and Public Programs, International Partners at the Aspen Institute, will moderate a conversation that explores the transformative role art can play in society, highlighting cross-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding.  Additional speakers will be announced soon.
3) Art as Advocacy Panel from 4:15-5:15 p.m. MT. featuring Hank Willis Thomas, conceptual artist and 2024 Aspen Institute Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence; and Eric Gottesman, multimedia artist and teacher. Co-founders of For Freedoms, an initiative for art and civic engagement that won the 2017 ICP-Infinity Award and was named the “largest creative collaboration in United States history” by TIME Magazine, both artists will be in conversation with Ellen Susman, former Director of Art in Embassies, and Megan Beyer, current Director of the Office of Art in Embassies at the U.S. Department of State, to discuss big vision art and advocacy. Additional speakers to be announced soon.
Register here.

Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, March 7: SOF Discussion and Luncheon: The Loneliness Epidemic11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. PT. In collaboration with Wayfinder Family Services, join us for an insightful conversation and luncheon featuring Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Debbie Innes-Gomberg, Deputy Director at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health & Human Services Agency; and John Kobara, Social Entrepreneur and Facilitator of Change; in conversation with Val Zavala, anchor, producer and award-winning journalist, of KCET’s “SoCal Connected”. The panel will delve into the complex issue of loneliness. Loneliness, often regarded as a silent epidemic, profoundly affects both youth and adult populations across our nation, and the panel will help to shine a light on the various dimensions of this pervasive challenge by exploring the impact on mental health and well-being and its ripple effects on community dynamics. Register here.

Newport Beach, CA

Friday, May 10: SOF Discussion Reception: Art and the Brain & the Power of the Arts to Heal
Generously hosted by Lugano Diamonds
Generously underwritten by Bernstein Private Wealth Management

5:30-8:30 p.m. PT. Join us for a special evening in Newport Beach featuring a panel and dinner discussion with Dr. Charles Limb, musician an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Ivy Ross, Vice President of Design for the Hardware organization at Google; and Susan Magsamen, founder and director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; in conversation with Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director of the Orange County Museum of Art. Guests will learn about the cutting-edge field of neuroarts from the authors of the New York Times bestseller, Your Brain On Art: How the Arts Transform Us. The experts will dive into the overwhelming evidence that exposure to the arts can reduce stress and prolong one’s life. Celebrating the Aspen Institute’s history exploring the intersection of art, philosophy, and civil discourse, join us to discuss the power of simple acts to harness creative thinking to heal, both in a clinical and spiritual setting. Register here.

San Diego, CA

Thursday, March 21: SOF Discussion Reception: China 360: Unpacking China’s Economic, Security, and Media Landscape
5:30-7:30 p.m. PT. Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion that explores China’s multifaceted landscape and its global impact on the balance of power. Our esteemed experts, Barry Naughton, So Kwan Lok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy; Molly Roberts, Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego; Susan Shirk, research professor and director emeritus of the 21st Century China Center at School of Global Policy and Strategy; and Caroline Freund, Dean of the UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, will discuss key dimensions – from China’s role as an economic powerhouse to national security concerns and media censorship intricacies. Engage in a robust discussion on one of the world’s most influential nations and gain invaluable insights into the complexities shaping China’s trajectory on the global stage.

San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, March 19: SOF Discussion Reception: Exploring the Next Era in Transportation
Generously underwritten by Brunswick Group
5:30-7:30 p.m. PT. Join us for a timely conversation featuring Mitch Bainwol, Senior Advisor at Brunswick Group; Olabisi Boyle, Senior Vice President, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America; and Terry Travis, EVNoire E-Mobility Consultant and Co-Founder of EVHybridNoire; in conversation with Jon McNeill, former president of Tesla and COO of Lyft. The experts will share insights into the transformative impact of self-driving technologies, the electrification of transport, and the evolution of smart infrastructure. From the rise of eco-friendly electric vehicles to the controversial integration of autonomous systems, discover the innovations shaping the roads of tomorrow. Be part of the conversation that’s steering the course toward sustainable, efficient, safe, and intelligent transportation solutions. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Register here.

Sonoma, CA

Saturday, April 27: SOF in Wine Country: Tasting and Dialogue at Oak Glen Reserve
Generously underwritten by Janet and Tom McKinley
11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. PT. Spend the afternoon in the California sun at Oak Glen Reserve in the heart of Sonoma Valley, and learn during a luncheon featuring Brian Freedman, renowned wine, spirits, travel, and food writer, and Corby Kummer, executive director of Food & Society at the Aspen Institute, a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science, and a senior editor of The Atlantic. Blend education with pleasure and spend a day in Glen Ellen meeting fellow SOF members and wine lovers. Attendees will enjoy a tasting session, lunch, and panel discussion about the impacts of climate change on winemaking, from challenges facing grape growers to the evolution of varietals. Experts will explore innovative practices, including new cellar techniques and technologies that are shaping the future of winemaking. Cheers to an afternoon of enlightenment and exquisite flavors! Additional speakers will be announced soon. Register here.


Thursday, May 30: SOF New Member Orientation: Spring 2024
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. PT.  We invite you to join us for a virtual new member orientation on Thursday, May 30 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This will be an opportunity for you to meet members of our team, meet other members who have recently joined, and become better acquainted with the Society of Fellows. This conversation will take place on Zoom, so that all attendees can participate face-to-face. Register here.