News / July 28, 2022

Ronaldo Raposo ALP ’21 Gains Confidence in Becoming a Change Agent

Ronaldo Raposo ALP '21, a university student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil pursuing a degree in international relations with a focus on finance, credits the Aspire Leaders Program as the catalyst for his confidence in leading the change he wants to see in Latin America. 

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 / July 28, 2022

Aspire Global Partner: Mittal Institute Hosts Inaugural In-Person Aspire Leaders Alumni Gathering in India

Professor Tarun Khanna hosted Aspire alumni at the Mittal Institute, Harvard University at their New Delhi office. They gathered to discuss how to close the opportunity and education gap among underserved young adults across India to uncover their full potential. 

News / July 8, 2022

Lebanese and Nigerian Aspire Alumni Receive the Diana Award for Youth Driving Social Change

The Diana Award, given to 9-25 year olds, recognizes that youth have the ability to drive social change around the world. This year, the Aspire Institute proudly congratulates two alumni who have received this honor, Mariam Mohammad from Lebanon and Goodness Odey from Nigeria. 

News / June 24, 2022

United In Diversity: Southeast Asia Based Educational Organization, Partners With Aspire to Offer Opportunities to Underprivileged Youth

United In Diversity (UID) gathers leaders from diverse sectors to form solutions to challenges across Southeast Asia. With a shared vision for bringing together talented minds to create a better common future, Aspire Institute and UID partner together to raise awareness about opportunities for underprivileged youth to create transformational change in their society

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 / June 24, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Zarek Martínez Learns to Love Learning and Provides Training to the Teachers of the Next Generation in Mexico

Zarek Martínez is a university student from Nuevo León, Mexico and alumnus of the Aspire Leaders Program 2021. After being awarded a Community Action Award grant from Aspire to train public school teachers in relevant digital tools, he feels like anything is possible if he believes in his talent and potential.

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 / May 27, 2022

Encouraging Youth in Africa That They are Worth it This Africa Week

The Pan African Women's Business Association, an Aspire partner organization and think tank for economic transformation in Africa, focuses on democratizing access to education and financial participation. Yavi Madurai discusses the crucial role youth in Africa will play in the economy.

News / May 27, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Faith Nchotu Ndinyanka Shares Her Experience as a Female Leader in Cameroon

Faith grew up learning that "the backbone of the Cameroon economy is agriculture." With funding from the Aspire Community Action Award grant, Faith, as a young woman, is spearheading a project that brings experiential learning of agriculture to youth across Cameroon.

Events /

Canada Special Event: Q+A with Wes Hall

Mon, Jun 6, 2022 at 01:00pm

Welcome to the first Aspire event for Canadians! Featuring King of Bay Street and Dragon's Den star himself, Wes Hall, and moderated by Next Canada Founder and Aspire Co-Founder and Harvard Business School professor. Click to register.

News / April 28, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Abdallah Elsheikh Elmagzob

Abdallah is passionate about opening his mind to new cultures and not feeling constrained by his geography. The Aspire Leaders Program allowed him to understand the quality of education he can pursue and the dreams he can achieve. He was recently awarded an Extended Leadership Opportunity grant to pay for an English proficiency exam.

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.

News / February 24, 2022

Khanna’s ‘Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies’ is recognized as one of the 250 most popular HarvardX courses of all time

One of the most popular offerings through the Aspire Leaders Program, this course is an element of the ‘Something-for-Everyone’ model. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving complex social problems.

News / February 24, 2022

Aspire Leaders Program 2022: Info Sessions

The deadline for the first cycle of applications is approaching soon. Information sessions about the Aspire Leaders Program for first-gen students around the globe continue to increase excitement. Through support from local partner organizations, the Aspire team is able to provide specialized sessions for prospective students

News / February 24, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Maria Gorret Nabuwembo ’21

Through our Community Action Award, Maria Gorret Nabuwembo '21 is gathering Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to determine neighborhoods in her home city of Kampala where new water and sanitation facilities need to be constructed.

News / January 27, 2022

Highlights From 2021

Aspire Institute replaced the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program in Fall 2021 and wrapped up with an impressive group of 2021 finalists.

News / January 27, 2022

2021 Community Action Awards

After careful deliberation, we granted Community Action Awards to six, enthusiastic students who will start their projects this spring, using funding delivered in four installments over the course of 2022.

News / December 23, 2021 by Alexandra Indira Sanyal

2021: A Year In Review

As 2021 comes to a close and we prepare to graduate this last class of the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program, we are excited to offer several Extended Learning Opportunities and the launch of the 2022 Aspire Leaders Program.

News / December 12, 2019

The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program Reaches New Heights – What’s Next?

The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program began in 2017, a joint effort between the Harvard Business School Club of the GCC, HBS Professors Tarun Khanna and Karim Lakhani, and the Mittal Institute.


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