Aspen Young Leaders Program

Are you a successful professional from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia? Are you active in politics, business, media, the arts, sports, science or the nonprofit sector? Are you 25 – 40 years old? Then join our program for exceptional and open-minded leaders interested in tackling current societal, technological and political challenges.

Or perhaps you know someone else who fits the profile? Then nominate her/ him!

The call for Aspen Young Leaders Program is now open!




Program for Young Leaders

The Aspen Young Leaders Program (AYLP) is designed for emerging leaders (aged 25-40) from Central Europe, active in various professional fields. The Program’s main goal is to encourage its participants to reflect on the fundamental qualities that make a successful leader in today’s world. It also aims at helping young Central Europeans network and discuss issues critical for society’s development.

“The program greatly motivated me and provided me with valuable tips on leadership. The importance of having a purpose was a reoccurring element among the speakers and was my main takeaway , inspiring me to frame my own purpose more clearly. I am also excited to take advantage of the new professional connections, so I see this program as a fantastic stepping stone to future opportunities and partnerships.”
Zuzana Vuová

The Program consists of inspirational, disruptive or deep-diving workshops, moderated discussions and keynotes which give the participants the opportunity to explore the challenges and conflicts that leaders have to face when deciding policies and strategies for their organizations, communities and themselves.

Step away from your daily routine, reflect on underlying societal values

Taking place in the remote reaches of Central Europe, the Program is consistent with the basic Aspen idea to step away from daily routine and reflect on underlying societal values. It offers various formal and informal activities to create an environment conducive to sharing ideas, learning and networking. The agenda includes lectures, trainings and case studies as well as leisure activities. Participants have the opportunity to meet renowned professionals from various fields and discuss with them in person.

The Program also consists of workshops which develop participants’ soft and hard skills, an opportunity to present their specific projects and in particular, the possibility to network and discuss together in a unique, inspirational gathering.

When I was invited to join Aspen network, it was one of turning points in my life. I learned to know different people with similar struggles, and I  imagined better what I want to achieve in my life. –Yemi A.D.

After completing the program, participants become part of the Aspen Institute Alumni network. They are invited to remain involved in the Institute activities and its development as well as among themselves and are further supported by the Institute. The alumni will be invited to various events organized by Aspen Institute CE and further supported in cooperation and networking. You can take a look at our alumni network of former participants.

Apply or Nominate a Young Leader!

Candidates who meet the criteria and wish to take part in the Program should fill in the application form. Please include a motivational letter, where you describe all the participation and selection criteria individually. The motivational letter is one of the main parameters on which we base our selection since we want to include participants from different stages of their career.
Do you know someone who is an extraordinary Young Leader and who you think should be part of the Aspen Young Leaders Program? Nominate her/him to take part in AYLP! Read more info about the nominations.

Apply now! | Nominate a leader!

Participation and Selection Criteria

Participation Fee

The program fee is 700 EUR. AICE can offer a discount in the form of a scholarship to a limited number of applicants upon a request specified in the application. Please see more info on the participation fee.

Selection Process

AICE representatives will select up to 30 participants, best matching the selection criteria, by creating a balanced mix of participants with respect to nationality, gender and professional background. Selected candidates will receive an invitation together with the Program agenda and organizational details.

Organizer and supporters

The Program is organized by the Aspen Institute Central Europe, the Central European partner of the international Aspen network, in cooperation with experienced leaders and expert moderators, acting as facilitators. The Program is supported by Direct Insurance and VIGO Investment. The general partner of the Aspen Institute Central Europe is Bakala Philanthropy.



See our AYLP Alumni or look at the past AYLP editions reports:

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