Aspen Institute Romania is celebrating its 12th anniversary, marking more than a decade in our common quest for a “Good Society”, during the eighth edition of the Aspen Institute Romania Leadership Awards and Gala Dinner.

The event is taking place in Bucharest, on November 23, starting at 19:00, at the Palace of National Military Circle. We will celebrate twelve years of activity and the result of the effort and dedication of a visionary community.

The Aspen Leadership Awards and Gala Dinner represent a special occasion for the members of the Institute and for the beneficiaries of the Aspen programs, especially our young leaders, to come together and reflect on the impact that the Aspen community has on the development of the region.

The Aspen Leadership Awards, already at the 8th edition, aim to bring recognition to individuals who left their mark on the Romanian society, who were innovators and examples of ethical and professional conduct, in fields such as arts, public service, sports or research.

For the 2018 generation of Aspen Young Leaders Program, the Gala stands as an occasion to celebrate the end of an exceptional yearlong leadership journey and to formally welcome them in the extended Aspen community.  We are keen on connecting present and former generations of Aspen Young Leaders, Aspen Seminar alumni, Aspen members and international partners, strongly believing that we are only strengthening a well-rounded web of change makers and society reformers, active in Romania and in the region.

The Aspen Gala is a fundraising event for which we invite each year our community, partners and friends to join us as sponsors and the proceeds go to the Aspen Leadership Trust in order to support our Leadership Initiatives. With the help of the generous contributions of our sponsors, we are able to offer each year scholarships for public sector and NGO representatives to attend the Aspen Seminar for Leaders, to organize the Aspen Junior Seminar (program attended by students and young professionals aged 20 to 24) and also the scholarship based Young Leaders Program. Moreover, the continued commitment of our partners to our activities enables us to provide recognition to a social project developed by a an Aspen fellow or alumnus/-a, to be chosen by the vote of the Aspen Community and presented at the Gala.

The Gala is a Black tie, table seating event, open only to members of the Aspen community.