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News / June 27, 2024

Ignacio Toledo Navigates a Career in Astronomy and Inspires Others to Discover Their Dreams

Chilean astronomer Ignacio Toledo has fostered his passion for astronomy since a young age, sharing it with Aspire students. He balances basic scientific knowledge with broader discussions, recognizing students' desire for deeper engagement. His goal is to inspire and support their educational journeys, and he hopes to continue his mentorship for many more students in the future.

News / May 29, 2024

Art Hunt, Finance Director at Aspire Institute, Promotes Financial Literacy and Empowers Young Leaders

Art Hunt, Finance Director for Aspire Institute, provides advice on financial literacy, mentors young leaders, and consults for nonprofits.

News / April 25, 2024

Susan Fine Shares Entrepreneurial Wisdom With Aspire’s Rising Leaders

Aspire mentor and entrepreneur shares her journey and wisdom with young leaders around the world.

News / February 22, 2024

Bryan Penprase Fosters Global Citizenship and Compassion Among Young Leaders to Shape a Brighter Future 

Penprase shared his insights with participants of the 2024 Aspire Leaders Program during a masterclass on global citizenship and highlighted the pivotal role of wisdom, courage, and compassion in shaping a brighter future.

News / January 25, 2024

Aspire Mentor Spotlight: Bryan Blaney Urges Young Professionals To Say “Yes” To Opportunities

Blaney shares his professional journey and advice for finding a career that you feel passionate about by staying open to all opportunities.

News / October 26, 2023

Caroline Elkins’ Journey from First-Generation Student to Harvard Academic

Professor Elkins shares her journey from a low-income, first-generation college student to becoming a prominent academic figure and Pulitzer prize winner.

News / September 29, 2023

Aspire Mentor Rajkiran Kanagala Encourages Alumni to “Be B.A.T.M.A.N.”

Kanagala gave advice to alumni that he learned from his own journey and the stories of his favorite heroes. He encouraged them to "Be B.A.T.M.A.N."

News / August 25, 2023

Faculty Spotlight: David Sanderson Listens to Local Voices to Make an Impact

David Sanderson emphasizes the importance of listening to local voices to make an impact in communities around the world.

News / July 28, 2023

Mentor Spotlight: Jonathan Kempner Inspires Alumni to Broaden Their Horizons

During his Career Week session, Jonathan Kempner encouraged Aspire alumni to live a life full of integrity, exploration, and hard work to broaden their horizons.

News / June 30, 2023

Mentor Spotlight: Sangeeta Gupta Speaks On the Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

Sangeeta Gupta shared her story as a woman in STEM with Aspire alumni. She has dedicated her life to making the technology industry an inclusive place for everyone and felt inspired by the alumni as they all shared honestly about the importance of diversity.

News / May 25, 2023

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sanyal Encourages Reflection Among Youth and Aspire Leaders Program Participants

Dr. Sanyal believes that youth are a key element to making cities better. He emphasizes the importance of motivating youth to help them achieve their goals and prepare them to lead change.

News / April 28, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael Vortmann Believes Young, Passionate Leaders Can Make a Difference in Healthcare Around the World

Dr. Vortmann has worked with diverse communities in nations around the globe and led a faculty seminar for the Aspire Leaders Program on basic emergency medicine skills everyone should know.

News / March 30, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Despina Sanoudou Cites Her Work with Youth as Her Most Meaningful Contribution

Dr. Sanoudou, a leader in the field of pharmacogenomics, feels honored to have had a role in the origin of genomics and hopes her story inspires Aspire Leaders Program participants to pursue their passions.

News / February 24, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Doris Sommer Encourages Balance Between Purpose And Passion

Professor Doris Sommer will return to lead two faculty seminars in the 2023 Aspire Leaders Program. She inspires young adults to harness their passion and find their purpose.

News / January 26, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Can Erbil Strives to Create Value for the Next Generation

Can Erbil, Boston College Economics Professor and Turkey Regional Faculty Advisor for Aspire Institute, specializes in bridging the gap between developmental economic theory and applied practice.

News / November 23, 2022

Aldahir Caballero Believes in the Potential of Young Leaders

Professor Aldahir Caballero, a specialist in business, alliances and innovation, has worked with youth for 10 years, teaching them the fundamentals of creating, defining and managing a new business through the use of innovative tools and methodologies. He is confident the Aspire alumni will continue to be leaders.

News / October 26, 2022

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Sérgio G. Lazzarini Encourages Thoughtful Debate to Address Pressing Problems

Professor Lazzarini delivers an engaging seminar on Privatizations and stresses the importance of calm and thoughtful debate among Aspire Leaders in Training.

News / September 29, 2022

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Diane Davis Admires Global Consciousness and Curiosity

Professor Davis discussed how sociology helps address global challenges. The first in her family to pursue a graduate degree, she felt moved by the curiosity among Aspire learners.

News / August 25, 2022

Aspire Faculty Advisor Patricio del Sol Impressed by Motivation to Learn

Patricio del Sol, professor and consultant on business strategy, shared his awe of the curiosity and eagerness to learn in the virtual Aspire classroom.

News / July 28, 2022

Professor Frances Frei Feels Hopeful About the Next Generation After Interaction with Aspire Leaders

Thought leader on leadership strategy, Frances Frei, delivered a seminar for Aspire leaders on building and rebuilding trust. She left left impressed by the nuanced questions and comments.

News / June 24, 2022

Aspire Leaders Program Faculty Seminar Professor on his Journey and Motivations as a First-Generation College Student

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and one of the faculty who will deliver a seminar for the Aspire Leaders Program, Bansal discusses the importance of exploration and lifelong learning.

News / May 27, 2022

Cal Poly’s Don Choi Shares his Reflections on Teaching Low-Income and First-Generation Students

Don Choi, professor of architectural history at Cal Poly and one of the 14 faculty to deliver a faculty seminar for the Aspire Leaders Program Cycle One cohort, explains his drive for teaching and the joy of working with students from diverse backgrounds.

News / April 28, 2022

Faculty Seminar Spotlight: Business Strategy Professor Discusses Making an Impact

On April 27th Professor Jasjit Singh met with the 2022 Aspire Leaders Program Cycle One cohort to deliver a seminar on Pursuing Impactful Careers, encouraging students to use their strengths and passions to address societal needs without ignoring the realities of their personal contexts.

News / April 28, 2022

Leadership Guru, Ron Heifetz, Delivers ALP Required Course

The compulsory EdX course in stage 2 that earns Aspire Leaders Program 2022 participants a fully-funded HarvardX certificate is Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles taught by Harvard professor Ronald Heifetz.

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