Aspen, McNulty

This Isn't Easy: A Seminar on the Challenges of Leadership

Thursday, April 12, 3:30pm – 7:30pm
The Rhodes House, Milner Hall
Oxford, United Kingdom


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How do you overcome your own personal challenges in leadership? Join the founders of successful global organizations for a seminar-style conversation about the pivotal moments that guided them through obstacles they faced. How do you find — and maintain — your purpose? What are the values that guide you as a leader? How do you keep hope alive, while injustice stares you in the face? How do you find the courage to put your values to work? The session features Fellows from the Aspen Global Leadership Network – a global community that helps move high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from success to significance. The seminar will use the McNulty Foundation's leadership case studies documenting these individuals' stories of struggle, determination and success. Participants should be prepared for an engaging, interactive dialogue of learning and self-reflection.


Jordan Kassalow, Founder of VisionSpring & EYElliance, Skoll Awardee
Lana Abu Hijleh, Founder of Youth Local Councils & Country Director, Global Communities Palestine
Gisela Sanchez, Founder of Nutrivida & Head of Corporate Affairs, FIFco
Andrew Kassoy & Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founders of B Lab, Skoll Awardees
Manoj Kumar, Founder of Araku Originals & President, Naandi Foundation
Nicola Galombik, Founder & Chair of the Board, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
Gisela Porras, Chair Woman, Arias & Muñoz
Maryana Iskander, CEO, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
Rebecca Onie, Co-Founder, Health Leads, Skoll Awardee


Hosted by the Aspen Institute & McNulty Foundation

About the Aspen Institute


About the McNulty Foundation

The Aspen Institute: Who We Are


The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. From the stimulation of the Ideas Festival, to the projects conceived at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, to deep policy studies done at our roundtables, the Aspen Institute brings together people with different outlooks to search for common ground and make the world a better place. Learn more.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a worldwide community of over 2,500 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector in more than 50 countries. Because of their demonstrated accomplishments and abilities, they have been selected to be part of one of 14 geographic or sector-specific Fellowships around the world. Learn more.

Aspen Institute seminars help leaders reflect on timeless ideas and values. Through text-based dialogue with expert moderators and accomplished peers, seminar participants enhance their capacities to think more creatively in solving the problems that confront society.


About the McNulty Foundation


The John P. & Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation aims to inspire, develop and drive leaders to solve the most critical challenges of our time. Since 2008, the John P. McNulty Prize has celebrated the boldness and impact of individuals who are using their entrepreneurial spirit to address the world's toughest challenges. The Prize is awarded in partnership with the Aspen Institute. The winner receives $100,000 and is selected by a jury that includes Madeleine Albright, Brizio Biondi-Morra, Olara Otunnu and Darren Walker. Previous juries have included Mary Robinson, Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates, Sr. Laureates each receive $25,000. Learn more.

The McNulty Prize Leadership Case Studies

The McNulty Foundation invests in storytelling to communicate what's possible, and amplifies the reach of those they support through various means, including their award-winning short documentary films. In recognition of the central role leadership plays in effecting change, the Foundation created this series of case studies to inspire and support others as they seek to make an impact, and as they use their leadership and resources to create opportunities for others. Read the leadership cases below, explore the pivotal moments that catalyzed individuals into action, and hear their stories of struggle, determination and ultimately success.