The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organization dedicated to informed dialogue and inquiry on issues of global concern. Founded in 1950, it has pursued its mission of fostering enlightened leadership through seminars, policy studies and fellowship programs. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon and Tokyo, and leadership programs in Africa.
At the Aspen Institute men and women of diverse backgrounds and professions fine-tune their leadership skills in a challenging lineup of programs and formats. In the renowned Seminars Programs, corporate leaders sharpen their ability to think critically and to make decisions responsibly. In its 15 Policy Programs, the Institute charts many key domestic and international issues with leading practitioners and policymakers. Current policy discussions range from the growth of micro-enterprises to the control of nuclear arms or from justice and society to energy and the environment.