Walter Isaacson

As the Isaacson School for New Media’s namesake and President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson has long been a thought leader and new media pioneer. His career accomplishments include CEO of CNN, managing editor of TIME Magazine, and author of many best-selling books including the biography of Steve Jobs.

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Aspen Ideas Festival

The Aspen Ideas Festival is one of the most notable gatherings of leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines, taking place in Aspen, Colorado annually. Participants come together to engage in discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

The event draws an extraordinary collective of speakers and attendees. Presenters and moderators have included Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Broadcast Journalist Katie Couric, President and CEO of the Tornante Company Michael Eisner, New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords, and Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to name just a few of the 350.

Important topics and program tracks spotlight health, global dynamics, climate change, the age of creativity, biotech, civil liberties, the art of storytelling, cultural identity, and many more timely questions we face in society today.

It's an exciting and inspiring collection of provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders that results in lively discussions, question-and-answer sessions, and workshops. The Festival is uniquely interactive, encouraging audience participation, giving you access to this amazing ten-day conversation with trailblazers in government, business, the arts, technology and more.

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