Seminars
Aspen Institute seminars help leaders reflect on timeless ideas and values. Through text-based dialogue with expert moderators and accomplished peers, seminar participants enhance their capacities to think more creatively in solving the problems that confront society.
Aspen Executive Leadership Seminars

For almost 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. Leaders must act in spaces of constant complexity and ambiguity, bearing the competing responsibilities of honoring their organizations, their employees, their communities, and themselves. This continual tension means that the most difficult leadership decisions we face aren’t usually purely economic or technical; instead our decisions are expressions of values, and it’s important to know where those values originate and how we express them. Developing the self-knowledge and habits of mind necessary for strategic thinking and interpersonal relationships takes time, and it does not happen in absolute solitude or in crowded auditoriums. It does happen in the Aspen Executive Seminar.

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Wye Academic Seminars

Wye Academic Seminars seek to extend the general mission of the Aspen Institute into the world of higher education, fostering leadership based on enduring values and providing a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. Wye Academic Seminars bring enduring ideas and values to bear on issues of leadership on campus and in the community by focusing on American citizenship and global policy.

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Custom Designed Seminars

Aspen Institute Seminars challenge leaders from all sectors to think more deeply, listen more attentively, and develop the critical habits of judgment that contribute to humane decisions and a life well lived. In addition to our open enrollment leadership development programs, we work with individual organizations to design and execute custom seminars on specific business growth and leadership development issues. We use our unique method of moderated dialogue to help organizations achieve their goals.

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Custom Seminars

We work with individual organizations to design and execute custom seminars on specific business growth and leadership development issues. We use our unique method of moderated dialogue and draw upon more than 65 years of experience to help organizations achieve their goals.

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Justice and Society Seminars

The moderators for the 2018 Justice & Society Seminar will be  Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Melissa Murray, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at Berkeley Law.

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Leadership and Character Seminar

What is character? How is it developed? What are the internal resources that contribute to values-based leadership? How do we cultivate, share, and support a leadership culture which emphasizes character?

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Nature, Society, and Sustainability Backpacking Seminar

Join us in the Colorado Rockies to explore issues of sustainability, environmental philosophy, and ethics, as well as related policy issues including conservation and sustainable development.

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Socrates Program Seminars

A forum for emerging leaders (approximately ages 28-45) 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.

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Transatlantic Values at a Crossroads: Contemporary Leadership Challenges

Apen España and Aspen Institute US are collaborating to sponsor the third annual Aspen España Leadership Seminar: “Transatlantic Values

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Leadership, Values, and the Civil Society

This seminar considers the values—and tensions—that inform what it means to live and do business in a civil society

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