Welcome, Leader

congratulations! You have been nominated and sponsored to participate in a rising leader Circle

Aspen Institute Fellowships have shown the leader who nominated you the power of community: none of us can do it alone. This program borrows the Aspen process to foster and support leaders who work organizations and portfolios run by a Fellow. 

“For it’s not only our hearts that are broken, but the heart of the world as well. Stitch it back together.”


Over 50 Aspen Fellows have nominated nearly 100 rising leaders from their organizations. We have curated small, diverse groups. You will be invited to attend three virtual seminars, facilitated with content from the 2022 Resnick Aspen Action Forum to spark connection and reflection. Sessions will take place virtually on the Circles platform, created for this purpose by Circles Learning Labs, Inc., a partner of the Aspen Institute. Most Fellows are covering the suggested fee for administration and IP.

This is the first run of this program. We will report results back to the AGLN community. We are hoping to illuminate a path to amplify the impact the AGLN Fellows can have on the world. Thank you for your spirit of adventure!


The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector in more than 50 countries. Because of their demonstrated accomplishments and abilities, they have been selected to be part of one of 14 geographic or sector-specific Fellowships around the world.

By being part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Fellows commit themselves to moving from success to significance by taking action on some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

More information at this website

Fellows were offered the opportunity to identify “Rising Leaders” from any level in their organizations. We guided them to select ambitious, talented leaders with open hearts — and a spirit of adventure. As this is the first time we’re running this program, Fellows have selected colleagues whose feedback they greatly value.

No, but we will try. If we can’t curate and schedule a full circle of 8-12, we would rather have them wait for the next cohort than go ahead.

Just like at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, we’ll send readings in advance. We’ll introduce you to your circle. But we will be respectful that these are extremely busy people and any connection outside of sessions will be optional.

We’ll put forward a few choices that work across time zones, and then juggle.

It is crucial that you commit to all three sessions in order to up for the others in their group. This is far from a usual webinar. It will not be recorded. You will be missed.

A quiet location with a good internet connection.

The Aspen approach of “text based Dialogue” uses short readings as springboards to big discussions, and impactful action. The RAAF team carefully curated the readings for the 500 Fellows that experienced this program live this summer. The theme wais “Emerging into a Future of Our Own Making”, and bringings out conversations around how best to respond personally to global changes, reinvention, inclusion, and new ways to collaborate. Ultimately, the program is intended to provide a space to reflect and create personal resolutions, and to provide connection with diverse peers who help you think and follow -through.

This is a partnership between the The Aspen Institute and Circles Learning Labs, Inc. run by Fellow Dan Hoffman, Henry Crown Fellow, 2014. The AGLN are starting to think more about how to help develop leaders more widely and deeply in organizations. After running a series of seminar discussions with Fellows this year, and getting feedback from several, they conceived of this experiment. The results will help inform the Institute’s strategy and may form the basis of a more recurring program.

Circl.es enabled the moderators to have intimate, absorbing, dialogues about issues of racial and gender inequality in this pandemic period with virtual hugs no less. Absolutely wizard.” – Keith Burwick, Aspen Moderator.

No, this is one- time experiment meant to extend the impact of seminar-style dialogue to more people. Those who participate do not become AGLN Fellows nor are they considered part of an AGLN Fellowship. 

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