Aspen Seminar for Leaders
For more than 65 years, the Aspen Seminar on leadership, values, and the good society has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply about the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue 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. Participants emerge from the Aspen Seminar personally renewed, professionally re-focused, and better prepared to lead as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world.
The Aspen Seminar starts where traditional leadership programs leave off! Through the readings provided, around 20 senior leaders – top corporate executives and leading entrepreneurs, high ranked public leaders and civil society representatives from Romania and the region – will be inspired by the greatest thinkers of all time, by discussing and exploring a high variety of topics, becoming more aware of the relevance of these ideas for modern, sustainable, valued-based leadership of organizations.
Since the foundation of Aspen Institute Romania, over 250 participants to the Aspen Seminar for Leaders became part of the Aspen alumni community. They are part of a growing community of AIR Leadership Programs graduates of over 700 people.
2 special editions of the seminar were organized in Dubrovnik, Rep. of Croatia (November 2016) and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (May 2016).
Socratically debating a series of readings, from the greatest thinkers of past and present—authors from Plato and Aristotle to Martin Luther King and Vaclav Havel— and guided by skilled moderators, participants are challenged to reflect on how timeless values are shaping their decisions and our society at large.
The seminar is fee based, which includes the costs of moderation, seminar management, seminar materials, accommodation, meals and transportation between Bucharest and the location of the seminar.
Discounts are available for the representatives of the AIR members (25% Corporate Members, 20% Business Members, 15% Personal Private Sector Members). In addition, depending on the budget of the program, 1-2 scholarships are available for representatives of the public sector and the non-profit sector.
For more information please contact Mr. Mihai Cucu-Dumitrescu, Leadership Programs & Community Engagement Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandra Gatej – CEO, Maldon&Wat; Founding Member of Aspen Institute Romania
“The Aspen Seminar opened my eyes to Aristotle and I started thinking about what a <<good society>> should and can really mean. It is the kind of personal development that lifts and enriches the life of a person.”
Florin Pogonaru – Vice President and Founding Member of Aspen Institute Romania; President of the Romanian Businessmen’s Association
“My ideas about the good society were challenged, refined and strengthened all through passionate debate. I finished the seminar more confident about the philosophical framework that underpins my decisions.”
Cristian Lupșa – Editor, DoR
“The Aspen Seminar was a rare opportunity to wrestle with the way in which I see the world, the way it works, and the way it could be made better. It was a safe space to question my beliefs, to understand the beliefs of others, to practice listening, to engage in empathy, and, ultimately, to share a profoundly human experience.”
Ionut Simion – Country Managing Partner, PWC Romania; Member of Aspen Institute Romania
“The Seminar opened a door to a different perspective in life. It really gave me time to think about me, my beliefs vis-à-vis the <<good society>>, values and principles and what I need to work on in order to become a better individual.”
Author, Designer, Trainer
Gladys Abankwa-Meier-Klodt was brought up in North America and Ghana by two career diplomats. A microbiologist with two degrees from McGill University, she belatedly embraced her affinity for the creative arts, and qualified for a diploma in interior design in New York, and as a teacher of English as a foreign language in the UK. […]
Microsoft 365 Business Lead, SMB- Microsoft Central Eastern Europe HQ Microsoft Romania
With more than 15 years’ experience in IT&C and Telecommunication, Project Management, Strategy, Sales & Marketing areas, Cristina Barbu is now leading the Microsoft 365 Business Group for SMB in Central Easter Europe (Russia included). In her role, Cristina is focusing on the business tactics for driving the dedicated SMB productivity suites delivering the cloud […]
Member & Alumnus 2012
CEO, AG Radio Holding
Florin Ciobîcă is the CEO of AG Radio Holding, one of the largest radio companies in Romania, mainly operating radio and tv stations, among other media assets. He has been in top management positions in media & advertising industry for more than 25 years, in international companies such as SBS Broadcasting and ProsiebenSat 1. He […]
Senior Director, Head of Agriculture and Food Industry, Large Corporations, Raiffeisen Bank
Radu Ciocoiu has over 12 years of work experience in corporate banking and funding large projects developed in various industries such as agribusiness, food processing, transportation, automotive and heavy industry. He holds a B.Sc in International Business and a Master Degree in Business Communication , participant to International Residency Program of Carlson School of Management […]
Executive Director, United Way Romania
Cristina Damian has been coordinating the United Way Romania activities as CEO since 2011, when she was promoted in this position from her previous role of Resource Development Manager of the Foundation. She joined United Way Romania 11 years ago, being responsible for both the marketing and communication strategy and the annual fundraising and volunteering […]
Legal & External Affairs Director, Vodafone Romania
Livia Dumitrescu is the Legal and External Affairs Director of Vodafone Romania SA and a Member of its Executive Management Team. Prior to Vodafone, Livia held a number of top positions with OMV Petrom SA and Banca Transilvania Group in Romania, fulfilled a non-executive board member role with Victoria Bank in Moldova and spent some […]
Managing Director, Rasub Engineering
Flavio is experienced in setting up and managing ambitious and successful businesses aimed to impact the environment in which they operate.
President, 952 Capital
David Flusberg is an American investor and entrepreneur living in Bucharest. After graduating from Harvard in 1998, David began his career at The Boston Consulting Group, advising Fortune 500 companies’ top management on strategic initiatives. In 2004, David co-founded a real estate developer in Bucharest called Adama, and served as the company’s President until 2010. […]
Fundraising Director, Hope and Homes for Children
Robert Ion is the Fundraising Director of Hope and Homes for Children, one of the largest Romanian NGOs