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



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.

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