Why are we
2020 has been a year marked by crisis. We are confronted daily with catastrophic dilemmas across a growing range of societal concerns. We must think differently to provide solutions. This forum spotlights solutions by leaders across sectors that tackle educational, racial and technology-access inequalities. We must confront today's issues with confidence and purpose. Together, we seek to inspire a better path forward.
The Moonshot Platform is an initiative of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows.
This event is not just a typical business conference with CEO's providing generic and non-descript 'we can do better' statements. This conference is a showcase of practical examples and real brain⚡torming. Participants will have the opportunity to challenge our speakers through our state of the art virtual studio, giving access to each participant to help shape and advance the dialogue.
In addition to the interactive presentations, the conference will spotlight scripted and produced segments highlighting real-life and inspiring examples of 'Moonshot' ideas in motion. Through these 2 hours of programming, our participants will be empowered, inspired, and entertained.
Each speaker breaks down what is currently the most pressing issue in their world and why.
Unbelievable story of challenge overcome by strength, justice, empowerment, intelligence, integrity, progress and/or faith.
Speakers from respective fields tackle the challenge at hand from every angle there is.
Participants and Aspen Leaders vote for critical questions of near future development.
Moonshot Master Class
We invite master practitioners from all areas of business, social science and technology to educate our audience and provide it with actionable tools and frameworks that can impact their organizations.
Hero of the day
Each speaker presents company, product, government, or institution coming up with solutions and ideas ready to be duplicated.
Moonshot Vision of the future
Speakers present their vision for 2030.
9 Speakers, 9 Mindsets, 9 Skillsets
Leveraging the vast network of Aspen Institute Fellows and Friends for our 1st edition of Moonshot Platform we have created a diverse line up of thought leaders across government, technology, science, the arts, business, and non-profits to spotlight the solutions these leaders are advancing in their fields to tackle growing inequality divides in education, access to technology, and economic opportunities. Participants will not only hear from these thought leaders but will interact directly to challenge and debate the best path forward.
Daniel P. Schrag
Climate Scientist at Harvard
and Director of the Harvard
for the Environment
In the second chamber of the livestream - called the Aspen Leaders Room - value based leaders from across the globe will participate throughout the program by asking questions, debating, polling, and submitting their own Moonshot Ideas & Projects.
speakers in live
& Project into
our Moonshot Ideas
& Projects Gallery
gets a voice
Live voting on crucial issues of the future is one of the most essential features of our platform and it makes you participate and steer the brain⚡torming in the right direction!
Why? Because your voice should be included right from the start. We want to hear your concerns and see new perspectives.
Moonshot Ideas & Projects Gallery
Submit your Moonshot Idea or Project and become a Moonshotter!
Anyone registered on the web site moonshotplatform.live can add their Moonshot idea, or project under these conditions:
# has positive measurable impact on people, or environment
# is in stage of prototyping or higher
# fulfills one of the 17 sustainable development goals principle www.sdgs.un.org/goals
Launch your local
We are launching the Moonshot Platform in the form of a livestream broadcast 4x times a year, inviting provocative leaders, thinkers, and practitioners together with the Aspen Global Network community, Henry Crown Fellowship, and Resnick Action Forum to tackle the issues at hand and provide actionable and practical solutions that can be scaled. The platform is interactive. All participants can ask questions, enter the polling sessions, support or disagree with the speakers all through a start of the art tech-based system combining video conference, virtual studio, chatting room, messaging app, and social media live stream.
If you feel that leaders in your region need to come together in a similar forum or want to help thought leaders get access to a wider audience, contact us and we will help you set up your regional Moonshot Platform.
The content of MP is selected and designed according to impact, effectivity and urgency of individual projects. Seats or segments can’t be bought. Sponsors of MP have the same amount of influence over the program as anyone else submitting their project. All scripts must be approved by at least 3 members of MP advisory board. MP is a non-profit movement.
We want to bring in partners who will help us extend our reach and impact. Together we can become a symbol and a benchmark of what leadership should look like in the times of crisis. For further information contact Esther Turner.
CEO & Creative Producer,
During his career, Yemi has evolved from a dancer to choreographer, director and producer. Today he is one of the most-wanted creative authors – he previously worked with American rapper Kanye West, creating dozens of global concerts & tours, including performances on Saturday Night Live and at the VMAs. Yemifounded and leads creative agency JAD Productions, working with such clients as Google, T-Mobile, and Coca-Cola, and also producing his own projects: Teniskology (a multi-day European sneaker festival), Ynspirology (a Gen-Y-focused arts, music and inspiration festival) and Cycles (disruptive, highly artistic immersive theatre). JAD Productions was awarded Best Event Agency in the Czech Republic in 2014, 2015 & 2016, and received the World Best Event Award (BEA) in 2015, 2016 & 2018. Yemi’s team won international awards for social media campaigns for Adidas Originals and product launch for Mercedes-Benz. Yemi acted in several films, including Chronicles of Narnia II - Prince Caspian, and Unfaithful Klara (Italy, 2009). Most recently, he appeared in the American TV show The World's Best, aired on CBS, as an international judge. In 2016, Yemi presented his TEDx talk, Revolution of Semiotics. He is a speaker of Aspen Institute CE and has presented as the keynote at the Singularity Summit. Yemi together with the Václav Havel Library created educational short videos about human rights and based on former Czech president Václav Havel's character, legacy and contribution to democracy. The videos are now social science curriculum at high schools across the country. Yemi sits on the advisory board of Slovak Telekom & Czech T-Mobile since 2017. Additionally, he has worked with disadvantaged children in Indonesia, India, Czech Republic, and throughout the world for most of his life. Yemi is a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Co-founder and Managing
Director, Cove Hill Partners
Yvonne Hao is Co-founder and Managing Director of Cove Hill Partners, a private equity firm focused on partnering with outstanding management teams to build market-leading consumer and technology companies. She is formerly COO/CFO of PillPack, a national retail ecommerce pharmacy aimed at helping customers take their medications and stay healthy. Yvonne joined PillPack in January 2017 and helped lead the sale and integration with Amazon in the Fall of 2018. Prior to PillPack, Yvonne was an operating partner at Bain Capital for 9 years, serving on the boards of, working closely with, and taking interim roles with portfolio companies. She also previously worked at Honeywell, where she started in corporate strategy, and then held roles as VP of Global Marketing for the Security business, and as GM for ADI North America, a ~$1.7B division. Her career began at McKinsey, where she worked for 5 years and was promoted to associate partner. Yvonne is also a board member and chair of the Compensation Committee at Gentherm (THRM), a publicly traded thermal technology company. She works with several nonprofits, serving as a board member at Youth Villages MA and the Beth Israel Lahey hospital system, and as Chair of the Center for Development Economics at Williams College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and Asian studies, summa cum laude, from Williams College; and an M.Phil. in development economics from Cambridge University, where she was a Herschel Smith Scholar. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. Yvonne is a member of the 2019 Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Chairman, The Kadens
Foundation and Founder
and Chairman of Crazy Clean
Pete currently serves as the chairman of The Kadens Family Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive wealth and education gaps in the US. Pete retired in August 2018 as CEO of Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest publicly-traded, legal cannabis operators in the US with a current market capitalization of over $2 billion. Prior to cofounding Green Thumb Industries, in 2008 Pete started one of the largest commercial solar companies in the US, SoCore Energy. Under his leadership, SoCore expanded operations into 17 states and was named one of Chicago's most innovative businesses by Chicago Innovation Awards. In 2013, he sold SoCore Energy to Edison International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Pete is one of 25 cannabis industry executives serving on the board of directors of the Cannabis Trade Federation, the nation's leading organization focused solely on federal marijuana policy reform. Pete was also named one of the 20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018 by Marijuana Business Daily. Pete is also the founder and Chairman of Crazy Clean, a high-end, data-driven disinfecting company based in Chicago which employs underserved individuals attempting to break the cycle of poverty with equity grants and financial literacy training for each and every employee. Pete is also the Founder of HOPE in Toledo Ohio, which strives to reduce the wealth gap and create generational economic improvement for urban communities through pre-k and post-secondary education grants. Pete believes deeply in, and actively leads, organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities, serving as chairman of StreetWise (2009 – 2018), one of the largest homeless aid organizations in Chicago. Pete currently serves as chairman emeritus at StreetWise and sits on several other boards in the nonprofit and for-profit space. Pete was awarded the Trailblazer Chicago Award by The Cara Program in 2019, The Catalyst Man of the Year by Streetwise in 2015, and the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science. He was also named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. Pete is a 2019 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
and Analytics Officer
for Well, Co
Ruben Sigala is the Chief Marketing and Analytics Officer for Well, Co, a start-up health technology and services company with a mission to be the world's most effective partner in the advancement of individualized health. Previously, Ruben served as the Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Caesars Entertainment, the largest gaming and entertainment organization in the world. As Chief Marketing Officer for Caesars Entertainment, Ruben oversaw a team of over 900 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $2.2B. During his tenure as CMO, the company achieved record levels of hospitality revenue, marketing efficiency, and won a number of industry awards in the areas of loyalty programs and digital innovation. Ruben has been a frequent keynote speaker and contributor to many industry panels including the Marketing World 50 and McKinsey’s Analytics and Data Roundtable. Prior to working at Caesars, Ruben worked in the cruise line industry and as a consultant in Ernst and Young’s National Cash Management Practice. Ruben has an undergraduate degree in finance and business from the University of Kansas, where he was a Rhodes and Marshall scholar nominee, and an MBA for Harvard Business School. Ruben also serves on the National Board of Camp Kesem, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer. He is a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Assistant Director of
Impact & Engagement,
Henry Crown Fellowship
Over the course of a career now spanning two decades, Esther has played pivotal roles in nearly every aspect of marketing, event management and tourism. Esther is currently the Assistant Director of Impact & Engagement for the Henry Crown Fellowship. In this role she leads their Fellow Impact Platforms by creating, launching and delivering initiatives to increase the ability of Henry Crown Fellows to make an impact in the world from board governance to speaking engagements. She creates cross class alumni engagement events and works closely with the Henry Crown Fellowship Board of Overseers. She previously served as a Senior Account Executive for an advertising agency and was the Director of Regional and Strategic Partnerships for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area where she organized events ranging from multi-day conferences to black-tie galas and oversaw joint event partnerships with other organizations including the National Park Service, Historic Vehicle Association, and Warner Bros. Esther sits on the board for Visit Loudoun, the destination marketing organization for Loudoun County, VA and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Loudoun. Certified as a Tourism Ambassador by the Tourism Ambassador Institute, Esther also holds an Event Management Certification through George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University and a MBA in International Business from Southern New Hampshire University.
Aspen Global Leadership Network Partnership
The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector in more than 50 countries. The Resnick Aspen Action Forum is an opportunity to come together with high-integrity, action-oriented leaders to reflect, refresh, and recommit to confronting some of society's greatest challenges.
The MOONSHOT Platform – Rethink What’s Possible is part of the extended Action Forum programming.
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges of our time.