Custom Leadership Seminars

The custom leadership seminars are organized at the intersection between the Leadership Programs and the Public Policy Programs of the Aspen Institute Romania, being financed under the afore-mentioned policy programs.

Under the guidance of the moderators, each seminar would challenge 20 – 25 participants, multiple stakeholders of the Public Policy Programs’ communities (including public decision-makers) to think more critically and deeply about the good society and to have an informal, constructive debate on topics of relevance to the respective programs.

First editions of the custom leadership seminars were organized in person in 2019.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aspen Institute Romania organized in 2020 and 2021 adapted online editions of the custom leadership seminars.

Pending the pandemic developments, the 4th editions of the custom leadership seminars will be organized offline in 2022.

Please find below details about the custom leadership seminars organized by the Aspen Institute Romania in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

SEMINARS ORGANIZED IN 2021:

CUSTOM HEALTHCARE SOCRATES LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2021 (3rd EDITION, online)

  • 3rd edition of the Seminar: May 26-27, 2021
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Socrates Program
  • Organized under the framework of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program
  • Moderators: Jennifer Lee, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Visiting Scholar at the National Academy of Medicine and Dr. Vlad Mixich, Aspen Alumnus, health policy expert, with the support of Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila, Vicepresident of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies and President of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Advisory Board.

Having as its main theme The Future of Public Health: Building a More Resilient Post Pandemic System, the seminar explored the resilience of healthcare systems and key challenges in public medicine, in the context of the SARS – COV- 2 pandemic.

Dedicated to the Aspen Institute Romania’s Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Community, the seminar used the Aspen method of creating a group as diverse as possible in terms of professional sectors (private, public, non-profit), gender, political affiliation, gathering participants connected to or working in the healthcare system.

NEW ECONOMY AND SOCIETY CUSTOM LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2021 (3rd EDITION, online)

  • 3rd edition of the Seminar: April 27-29, 2021
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Socrates Program
  • Moderators: Dr. Todd Breyfogle, Managing Director of Executive Leadership Seminars for the Aspen Institute US and Florin Ilie, Aspen Institute Romania Member.
  • 14 participants: leaders from the public, private, academic, and non-governmental sectors, with background in finance, banking, insurance, capital markets and entrepreneurship – now part of the Aspen Alumni community.

Organized under the framework of Aspen Institute Romania’s New Economy and Society Program and relying upon the classic Aspen Method of moderated, Socratic dialogue, the Seminar explored the leadership and values questions which bear on economic opportunity and finance.

SEMINARS ORGANIZED IN 2020:

CUSTOM HEALTHCARE SOCRATES LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2020 (2nd EDITION, online)

  • 2nd edition of the Seminar: October 22-23, 2020
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Socrates Program
  • 15 participants to the seminar, who became part of the Aspen Alumni community.
  • Moderators: Dr. Jennifer Lee, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and Vlad Mixich, Executive Director of the Romanian Health Observatory, with the support of Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Director.
  • Guest speakers: Ms. Carmen Mihălcescu, Vice-President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, and Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, Member of the European Parliament.

The seminar was organized under the framework of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program and had as its main theme The Future of Public Health: Building a More Resilient Post Pandemic System.

The seminar debated the resilience of healthcare systems and key challenges in public medicine, in the context of the SARS – COV- 2 pandemic.

The participants to the seminar included multiple stakeholders from the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program community.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES & FINANCING THE ECONOMY CUSTOM LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2020 (2nd EDITION, online)

  • 2nd edition of the Seminar: November 16 – 19, 2020
  • Partner: Aspen Institute – Executive Leadership Seminars
  • 19 participants: leaders from the public, private, academic, and non-governmental sectors, with background in finance, banking, insurance, and capital markets – now part of the Aspen Alumni community.
  • Moderators: Dr. Todd Breyfogle, Managing Director of Executive Leadership Seminars at Aspen Institute US, and Florin Ilie, Aspen Institute Romania Member and Deputy CEO & Head of Wholesale Banking at ING Romania.

Already at its 2nd annual edition, the custom leadership online seminar was organized under the framework of the Aspen Economic Opportunities & Financing the Economy Program.

Throughout the 4 days, the participants explored through Socratic dialogue the ways in which economic policies and financial instruments can facilitate or hinder the strengthening of a prosperous and just society.

SEMINARS ORGANIZED IN 2019:

CUSTOM HEALTHCARE SOCRATES LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2019 (1st EDITION, in person)

  • 1st edition of the Seminar: October 11-13, 2019, in Pitaru, Dâmbovița county (Romania)
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Socrates Program
  • 17 participants to the seminar, who became part of the Aspen Alumni community.
  • Co-moderators: Adrian Bot, M.D., Ph.D, Vice President, Translational Medicine; Kapil Parakh, Medical Lead, Google Fit; Simona Bot, Vice President, Community Outreach, Blue Heron Foundation and Prof. Alexandru Rafila, Aspen Institute Romania Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Director.

The Custom Socrates Leadership Seminar 2019 was partially underwritten by the Simona and Adrian Bot family and organized under the auspices of Aspen Institute Romania Healthcare & Quality of Life Program.

Having as its main theme Technology, Breakthrough Medical Research and the Future of Healthcare, the seminar explored the ways in which public health policies expand and evolve in transforming democratic societies.

More details regarding the seminar organized in October 2019 are available here.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND FINANCING THE ECONOMY CUSTOM LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (1st EDITION, in person)

  • 1st edition of the Seminar: September 19-22, 2019, in Fundățica, Brașov county (Romania)
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Executive Leadership Seminars
  • 13 participants to the seminar, who became part of the Aspen Alumni community.
  • Moderator: David Blázquez, Chief of Staff to Madrid’s Region Minister for the Economy and Labor.
  • Organized under the framework of the Aspen Economic Opportunities & Financing the Economy Program

Relying upon the classic Aspen Method of moderated, Socratic dialogue, the themes of the seminar included the relationship between economics, politics, and the common good, the ethical dimensions of market-based economies, the roles of government and of individual initiative, and the texture of human relationships in a changing economy.

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