WASHINGTON, July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Aspen Institute today announced its 2016 class of Braddock Scholars. The Braddock Scholars program is designed to support members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network that are leading innovative organizations that have the potential to make a transformative impact on society.
The program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Aspen trustee, Rick Braddock. Mr. Braddock, who had a distinguished and varied career in global business including several entrepreneurial activities, is serving as one of the senior mentors. The other mentors include Aspen lifetime trustee Ann Korologos, Aspen trustees Bill Mayer, Jerry Greenwald, and Marc Nathanson, and Henry Crown Fellow and Senior Moderator of the Aspen Global Leadership Network Joanna Rees.
"Entrepreneurs are great at starting businesses that solve important problems in new way. Many of the skills needed to effectively scale these innovations comes from spending time in big companies," said Braddock. "We aim to bridge the 'scaling gap' by channeling the expertise of our mentors towards the challenges our scholars face."
The Braddock Scholars for 2016 are:
- Peter Barth, Co-Founder & CEO, The Iron Yard
- Lila Ibrahim, Co-Founder & Board Chair, Team4Tech
- Kellee James, Co-Founder & CEO, Mercaris
- JB Schramm, Founder and Board Member, College Summit
- Preston Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Rocketship Education
- Eugene Wade, Co-Founder & CEO, One University Network
The Braddock Scholars Program is a mentorship initiative that pairs select US-based members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network with seasoned global business leaders. The program seeks to support Aspen entrepreneurs with the ambition and ability to achieve significant scale with their organization through a mix of high level mentorship, peer-learning, and discretionary grant capital.
The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently, more than 2,100 Fellows from 49 countries — who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China.www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
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SOURCE The Aspen Institute