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Business Leaders Make Their Predictions for 2019


What will happen in 2019 at the intersection of business and society? As our team in the Business & Society Program looked ahead to the new year, we realized the best answers lie in our network of business leaders and academics. From Artificial Intelligence to worker voice to lifelong learning, these diverse predictions impart a powerful sense of possibility, even in facing some of the world’s toughest challenges in the new year.

Erb Institute and Ross School of Business Professor, Andy Hoffman Honored with 2017 Aspen Institute "Ideas Worth Teaching Award"


Professor Andy Hoffman was honored today as a recipient of the 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Awards for his class on Sustainable Business in Iceland offered through Global Initiatives at the Ross School of Business.

Upon receiving the award Andy Hoffman commented,

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award, both for its own sake, and also for the impressive company of other award winners.

Five More Cities Join Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Autonomous Vehicles

Helsinki, London, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Washington, DC join leading cities and experts who will work together to accelerate preparedness for autonomous vehicles
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Originally posted on Bloomberg Philanthropies

Booz Allen Aspen Ideas Award Winners Aim to Change the World


The Booz Allen Aspen Ideas Award, developed by Booz Allen Hamilton and the Aspen Institute, uncovers the ideas and programs that exemplify how Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars and Presenters are changing and impacting lives around the world.

Booz Allen and the Aspen Institute are proud to present the three winners of the second annual award. Nearly 100 ideas were submitted by Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars and Presenters, and a panel of judges selected the winners from among 15 finalists after three highly competitive pitch competitions.

Reflections from the Aspen Institute Business & Society Leaders Forum


I recently attended the Aspen Institute Business & Society Leaders Forum June 5-8 in Aspen, Colorado. The Forum which meets multiple times a year is part of a policy program at the Aspen Institute designed to bring together business leaders to reflect and strategize on global issues, risks and opportunities at the intersection of business and society. The group’s primary focus is on sustainability.

The Walmart Foundation and Aspen Institute Announce $5.5 Million Grant to Create Career Pathways for Retail Workers

Supporting Walmart’s Opportunity Initiative, Grant Aims to Enhance Economic Mobility for Retail Workers
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BENTONVILLE, Ark. and WASHINGTON, DC, April 6, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Today, the Walmart Foundation and the Aspen Institute announced a $5.5 million grant to explore business models designed to support workers and sustain a thriving retail industry. The Aspen Institute, known for pioneering new approaches to complex problems, will combine key learnings from a number of its programs with the goal of building a system where retail workers can gain skills and achieve upward mobility.

Wealth for African-Americans and Latinos Continues to Decline Since Recession While the Wealth of White Families Recovers

Lower Rates of Financial and Business Assets Seen as a Cause for Racial Wealth Gap
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Chicago, November 6, 2015 /3BL Media/ -  Micro- and small- business development strategies can help tackle the growing racial wealth gap in the United States, according to a new funder’s brief released by the Asset Funders Network (AFN). Lower levels of business and financial assets held by African-American and Latino households are one of the key reasons for the racial wealth gap, suggesting that business ownership may be an important means to narrow the gap

BNY Mellon Presents Inaugural Social Finance Prize at Aspen Institute Competition


John Buckley, global head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at BNY Mellon, presented the first ever BNY Mellon Social Finance Prize to a team of Rutgers MBA students at recent breakfast event at the NYC Yale Club for the Aspen Institute’s recent annual Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. Created in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the prize encourages innovation in social finance, a field that encompasses investment activities with both financial returns and significant social impact.


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