Healthspottr Annual Retreat

expand your mind | expand your business | expand your impact
June 08–11 2016

Aspen, CO
The Aspen Institute

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The Retreat Mission

Together with the Aspen Institute, Healthspottr is pleased to present the Fourth Healthspottr Annual Retreat, a private, invitational gathering of unique innovators, investors, philanthropists and foundations, business and non- profit leaders, civic leaders and policy advocates who are dedicated to positive transformation of the healthcare industry. The Retreat convenes 150 of the nation’s most influential and creative minds representing diverse fields and disciplines, among them: medicine, insurance, technology, private equity and venture capital, philanthropy, manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, retail, hospitality, design, advertising, media, academia and education. Each element of our agenda is designed to help Retreat participants cultivate new ideas, new relationships and new opportunities for collaboration and success with one another. This is how Healthspottr supports its private- and public-sector members, and helps them effect positive social change through better health, wellness and delivery-of-care in our society.


The Retreat Experience

Over the two and-a-half days, Retreat participants will imagine new business models, technologies, clinical protocols and strategies for social change that can accelerate the pace of healthcare transformation. This year we will emphasize affinity groups; how they influence our lives and why they are a powerful tool for impacting consumer behavior and purchasing decisions.

The program includes keynote speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, golf and other outdoor activities and the Healthspottr Leadership Seminar. For over sixty years, the Aspen Seminar on “leadership, values, and the good society” has challenged individuals to think more critically and deeply about society and their role within it. Customized for Healthspottr by Aspen Institute’s Todd Breyfogle, participants read classic and contemporary texts, debate and reflect on timeless values and concepts of effective leadership. The seminar takes place the day before the Retreat agenda commences. Participants enter the Annual Retreat invigorated with new perspectives and inspired to chart new courses of action in their personal or professional lives.

A high point of our program is the Healthspottr Impact Award gala dinner, where we acknowledge the Retreat attendee who had the greatest measurable positive impact on healthcare access or quality-of-care, with the most efficient deployment of resources in 2014.


  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm Reception & Welcome for Leadership Seminar Participants, Anglers and Golfers keyboard_arrow_down


    Merrill Patio, Aspen Meadows Reception Center
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm Aspen Leadership Seminar Dinner and Session 1 keyboard_arrow_down


    Merrill Patio & Bernhard Room, Aspen Meadows Reception Center
  • 7:30–8:30 am Breakfast for Seminar Group, Anglers and Golfers keyboard_arrow_down


    Meadows Restaurant, Aspen Meadows Reception Center
  • 8:00 am-2:00 pm Anglers' Outing with Aspen Fly Fishing Outfitters keyboard_arrow_down


    Roaring Fork River
  • 8:30 am-3:30 pm Golf Outing keyboard_arrow_down


    Snowmass Golf Club
  • 8:30 am–4:00 pm Aspen Leadership Seminar keyboard_arrow_down


    Lauder Seminar Room, Koch Seminar Building
  • 5:30–7:00 pm Welcome Reception keyboard_arrow_down
    Bass Terrace, Doerr Hosier Center
  • 7:00–9:00 pm Welcome Dinner keyboard_arrow_down

    Opening remarks, agenda and tech tutorial

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 7:45–8:30 pm Keynote Presentation: David Krakauer, PhD keyboard_arrow_down

    David Krakauer, PhD, President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute
    What is Intelligent? An introduction to complexity theory and a review of what is smart, and what is stupid. Q&A

  • 8:40-9:15 pm A Milestone Report keyboard_arrow_down

    Michael Rees, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Urology; Director of Renal Transplantation, University of Toledo Medical Center

    In conversation with Carleen Hawn, CEO, Healthspottr

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 9:30–11:00 pm Adjourn & Informal Networking keyboard_arrow_down
    Hefner Lounge, Aspen Meadows Reception Center
  • 7:15-8:15 am Morning Yoga keyboard_arrow_down


    Resnick Malek Health Center
  • 7:30–8:30 am Buffet Breakfast & Informal Networking keyboard_arrow_down
    Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 8:35-8:45 am Success Tale keyboard_arrow_down

    Noah Lang, CEO, Stride Health. Q&A

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 8:45-9:15 am Keynote Presentation: Jean-François Beaulé keyboard_arrow_down

    Jean-François Beaulé, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Design, UnitedHealth Group
    Purpose Rx: Mining Data to Unearth the Ultimate Incentive for Healthy Behavior. Q&A

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 9:20–9:50 am Keynote Presentation: Dean Ornish keyboard_arrow_down

    Dean Ornish, MD, PhD, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute.
    Purpose in Practice: Employing lifestyle changes to alter the course of health outcomes. Q&A

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 9:50-10:15 am Q&A with Mr. Beaule and Dr. Ornish keyboard_arrow_down
    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 10:15-10:30 am Break and Transition
  • 10:30-10:45 am Success Tale keyboard_arrow_down

    Ash Damle, CEO, Lumiata Q&A

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 10:45-11:25 am Keynote Presentation: Amit Etkin keyboard_arrow_down

    Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.
    The $6 Trillion Opportunity: Innovations for Diagnosing and Treating Brain Diseases and Mental Illness. Q&A

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 11:25-11:45 am Demonstration and Panel Discussion keyboard_arrow_down

    Blake Gurfein, PhD, and Michael Weisend, PhD, of Rio Grande Sciences.
    How do we elevate mental health as a priority among healthcare investors?

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 11:45-12:00 pm Break
  • 11:45-12:45 pm Lunch Service keyboard_arrow_down
    Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 12:30–1:15 pm The Healthspottr Interview keyboard_arrow_down

    Chris Nowinski, Founding Executive Director, Concussion Legacy Foundation
    The Unlikely Innovator: What health innovators should learn from the campaign to end CTE in sport. In conversation with i.e. Network CEO Rick Kupchella Q&A

    Healthspottr Impact Award

    McNulty Auditorium, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 1:15-1:30 pm Break and Transition keyboard_arrow_down

    The workshops take place at the opposite end of the campus from Doerr-Hosier. There will be shuttles available for those who would like a ride. The walk takes about 10 minutes.

  • 1:30-3:00 pm Workshop Session 1 keyboard_arrow_down

    A | Brain Science: Advances in diagnosing and treating brain diseases and mental illnesses
    Buckminster Fuller Dome

    Blake Gurfein, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Rio Grande Neurosciences
    Michael Weisend, PhD, Senior Scientist, Rio Grande Neurosciences

    Moderated by Carleen Hawn, CEO, Healthspottr


    B | Purpose Guided Health and Wellness: Building business models that are non-episodic through sustainable engagement and value-based partnerships at the provider level.
    Koch Building, Lauder Seminar Room

    Scott Matthews, Health of Health and Wellness, 23andMe
    Cara McNulty, Senior Group Manager-Clinical Strategy, Prevention and Wellness, Target Corporation
    Charlotte Yeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AARP

    Moderated by Brian Cooper, Founding Partner, Adrenaline Health


    C | Complexity: Developing products and services that properly manage complexity
    Koch Building, Paepcke Library

    David Krakauer, PhD, President & William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute
    Murray Ross, PhD, Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente

    Moderated by Tom DeLay, COO, Healthspottr


  • 3:00–3:15 pm Break
  • 3:15–4:45 pm Workshop Session 2 keyboard_arrow_down

    A | Brain Science:Advances in treating brain diseases and mental illnesses specific to behavioral health.
    Buckminster Fuller Dome

    Walter H. Kaye, MD, Director, Eating Disorder Program Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry

    Moderated by Jeffrey Gruen, MD, Head of Clinical Transformation, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Physician Council Practices, PwC


    B | The Employer Prerogative:Thought leading initiatives for risk and cost management, benefit design, and long term investments in employee health and wellness.
    Lauder Seminar Room, Koch Building

    Michael Callender, Vice President, Internal Controls & Benefits, FedEx
    Joshua Riff, MD, SVP Prevention and Wellbeing, Optum
    Barbara Wachsman, Director of Strategy & Program Development, Enterprise Benefits, Walt Disney Company

    Moderated by Larry Leisure, Managing Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders


    C | Complexity: Developing products and services that properly manage complexity in the operating environment.
    Paepcke Library, Paepcke Memorial Building

    David Krakauer, PhD, President & William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute
    Murray Ross, PhD, Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente

    Moderated by Tom DeLay, COO, Healthspottr


  • 4:30-5:30 pm Family Yoga keyboard_arrow_down
    Anderson Park
  • 4:45–6:20 pm 1-on-1 Meeting Program keyboard_arrow_down

    4:45 pm-5:05 am Meeting 1
    5:10 pm-5:30 pm Meeting 2
    5:35 pm-5:55 pm Meeting 3
    6:00 pm-6:20 pm Meeting 4

  • 4:45–6:30 pm or Free Time
  • 6:00–7:25 pm Cocktail Reception keyboard_arrow_down
    The Great Lawn and Sculpture Garden
  • 7:25-7:30 pm Group Photo keyboard_arrow_down
    The Great Lawn and Sculpture Garden
  • 7:30–8:15pm Gala Dinner keyboard_arrow_down
    McNulty Room, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 8:15–9:00 pm Keynote and Founders' Roundtable keyboard_arrow_down

    Mike Long, Chairman, Essence Holdings Corp.
    In conversation with entrepreneurs with Q&A
    Moderated by Carleen Hawn, CEO, Healthspottr

    McNulty Room, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 9:30 pm Adjourn
  • 10:00 pm–? Informal Networking at the Hotel Jerome keyboard_arrow_down

    No host reception

    Living Room, Hotel Jerome in Aspen Village
  • 7:15-8:15 am Morning Yoga keyboard_arrow_down
    Resnick Malek Health Center
  • 7:30–8:30 am Buffet Breakfast & Informal Networking keyboard_arrow_down
    Doerr Hosier Foyer and McNulty Auditorium
  • 8:30-9:15 am Panel | The "Never Event" and other DC happenings . . . keyboard_arrow_down

    Key political and policy events on the 2016-2017 legislative agenda with a discussion of their potential implications for innovators with key staffers from the United States Senate:
    Jay Khosla, Senior Policy Advisor, Senate Committee on Finance
    Kate Leone, Health Policy Director, Office of the Senate Minority Leader

    Moderator: Carleen Hawn, CEO, Healthspottr

    McNulty Room, Doerr-Hosier Center
  • 9:30-11:05 am 1-on-1 Meeting Program keyboard_arrow_down

    9:30 am–9:50 am Meeting 5
    9:55 am–10:15 am Meeting 6
    10:20 am–10:40 am Meeting 7
    10:45 am–11:05 am Meeting 8

    Meeting locations will be provided.

  • 11:10–11:30 am Transition
  • 11:45am–1:30pm Picnic Lunch and Farewell keyboard_arrow_down
    The Great Lawn



Ash Damlemore_vert CEO Lumiata
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Ash Damle is the CEO and founder of Lumiata (MEDgle). A technologist and data scientist, Ash is deeply rooted in the application of big data to health and its intersection with design. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in both Computer Science and Mathematics, has numerous papers, and has received patents in real-time unstructured semantic analysis.

Jay Khoslamore_vert Policy Director Senate Finance Committee
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Jay Khosla is Policy Director for the Senate Finance Committee where he is responsible for managing the broad legislative agenda ranging from health care and taxes to international trade. He also serves as the Chief Health Counsel for the committee and Legislative Director for Senator Orrin Hatch. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Khosla was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s health policy director. Previously, he served as health counsel for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and prior to that as health counsel for former Senate Majority Leader William Frist. With more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill, he has worked on several major laws ranging from the Deficit Reduction Act to the Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2015.

Rick Kupchellamore_vert Founder & CEO i.e. Network
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Rick Kupchella is Founder and CEO of both the i.e. network and BringMeTheNews, a digital Minnesota news network. Previously, Rick spent two decades as a reporter and anchor at KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul and was the recipient of more than a dozen regional Emmy Awards as well as several Edward R. Murrow and Eric Sevareid awards. He is also the author of two children’s books and is the former chairman and current advisory board member at Smile Network International, a humanitarian organization that funds surgical missions to repair birth defects.

Noah Langmore_vert CEO and Co-Founder Stride Health
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Noah Lang is CEO of Stride Health, the first health insurance recommendation engine. Stride answers consumers' toughest coverage questions and delivers personalized medical expense forecasts. Noah previously spent 5 years as Vice President at He was a President's Scholar at Stanford University where he earned a degree in Product Design.

Kate Leone Senior Health Counsel United States Senate
Michael Rees, MD, PhDmore_vert Professor & Vice-Chair of Urology, Director of Renal Transplantation University of Toledo Medical Center
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Michael Rees, M.D., is Professor & Vice-Chair of Urology and Director of Renal Transplantation at the University of Toledo Medical Center and CEO of the Alliance for Paired Donation, Inc. Dr. Rees helped to introduce the concept of Nonsimultaneous Extended Altruistic Donor chains of kidney transplants that has become the largest growth area in living kidney transplantation over the last decade. In addition to kidney paired donation, his other research interests include immunosuppression and xenotransplantation.

Alvin Roth, PhD Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University and 2012 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Stanford University


Michael Callendermore_vert Vice President, Internal Controls & Benefits FedEx
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Mike Callender is the Staff Director of Corporate Accounting for FedEx Corporation. Mike’s responsibilities include accounting and finance of all FedEx self-insured programs, pension, equity and variable compensation and other judgmental reserves. He also has oversight for compliance, measurement, financial reporting and strategy development for FedEx benefit plans. He joined FedEx December 2005.

Ted Fischermore_vert Vice President Business Development Hasbro
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Ted Fischer is Vice President of Business Development at Hasbro, where leads the identification and execution of new growth platforms, primarily focused in the Health/Wellness and Education/Learning areas. Ted also co-leads M&A activity for the company. Ted has spent his career working with, building and leading collaborative teams that drive meaningful business relationships resulting in profitable sustainable growth. Prior to Hasbro, he was founder and president of Fischer Consulting Group, LLC, which worked with industry, education and nonprofit leaders to create sustainable revenue, operating and funding strategies.

Steven Glucksternmore_vert CEO & Chairman Rio Grande Neurosciences
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Steven Gluckstern is CEO and Chairman of Rio Grande Neurosciences Inc., which is pioneering the development of non-invasive therapies for the central nervous system. RGN's targeted Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field therapy (tPEMF) focuses on living tissue’s native healing response and has potential application for acute and chronic traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, and Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s diseases. RGN’s repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and closed-loop Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (cl-TES) technologies focus on mental illnesses and learning.

Blake Gurfein, PhD Chief Science Officer Rio Grande Neuroscience
Walter H. Kaye, MD Director, Eating Disorders Program Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
David Krakauer, PhD President & William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems Santa Fe Institute
Scott Matthews Head of Health & Wellness 23andMe
Cara McNulty, PhD Senior Group Manager-Clinical Strategy, Prevention and Wellness Target Corporation
Joshua Riff, MDmore_vert SVP Prevention and Wellbeing Optum
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In this role, Josh Riff develops the business to sell health and wellness directly to consumers. He focuses on patient empowerment and on improving population health by increasing access to high-quality and affordable care. Previously, Josh served as Target Clinic’s first medical director and later as chief medical director and director of health and well-being. Prior to Target, he built strategies around on-site and near-site clinics for WellPoint. Josh practices emergency medicine at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

Murray Ross, PhDmore_vert Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente
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Murray Ross is Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy. The Institute leverages evidence and experience from Kaiser Permanente's operations to shape public policy and private practice. His current work focuses on how American health care can make better use of new medical technology and how public policy can support better alignment of clinical and financial decision-making to improve the quality and affordability of health care.

Barbara Wachsman Director of Strategy & Program Development, Enterprise Benefits Walt Disney Company
Michael Weisend, PhD Senior Scientist Rio Grande Neuroscience
Charlotte Yeh, MD Chief Medical Officer AARP Services Inc
Murray Zucker, MDmore_vert Senior Advisor ADVI
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Murray Zucker, M.S., is a Senior Advisor to ADVI. He consults to the healthcare industry on product development, marketing, and distribution; and he connects startups with investors. A trained psychiatrist, Murray has expertise in medical behavioral integration and behavior change, patient engagement and adherence, and diagnostics. He can also speak to the needs of health plans, employer groups, and public sector entities. Murray previously served as Senior Medical Director of New Product and Innovation for Optum.


Carleen Hawnmore_vert CEO Healthspottr
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Carleen Hawn is CEO and Co-Founder of Healthspottr. Previously, Carleen was an Associate Editor with Forbes and later Senior Writer and West Coast Bureau Chief for Fast Company magazine. With Forbes, Carleen created the well-known Midas List, an index of leading venture capital dealmakers, currently in its fifteenth year of publication. Carleen holds a BA in political science from Barnard College, an MS from Columbia Journalism School, and she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia Business School. In 2015 she joined the Editorial Advisory Board of TEDMED and the Board of Directors of CureSearch, a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the search for cures for children’s cancers.

Brian Cooper Founding Partner Adrenaline Health
Tom DeLaymore_vert COO Healthspottr
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Tom DeLay is the COO of Healthspottr and is CEO and Co-founder of iHealth Analytics. He has served operating roles in three startups in technology (Bang Networks and BeNotified Software) and financial services (New Capital Markets).

Jeffrey Gruen, MDmore_vert Head of Clinical Transformation, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Physician Council Practices PwC
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Jeffrey Gruen is a Partner with PwC, where his work focuses on architecting growth strategies in the rapidly converging healthcare landscape. He co-founded and led the healthcare services and IT practice at PRTM Management Consulting, which merged with PwC in 2011. He is a former Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, a board-certified pediatrician and an experienced emergency room physician.

Larry Leisuremore_vert Founder & Managing Partner Chicago Pacific Founders
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Larry Leisure is Chairman of the advisory firm ADVI and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the private equity firm Chicago Pacific Founders. He was previously an Operating Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he remains a Senior Advisor. Larry has had a distinguished career in healthcare, serving in a number of senior consulting and management roles at firms such as Accenture (Global Managing Partner for the Health Vertical), Towers Perrin (Managed Care), Kaiser Permanente (Sales & Account Management), and Ingenix Consulting/ OptumInsight (payer segment). In 2009, he co-founded Healthspottr and currently serves as Chairman.

Jane Walesmore_vert VP, Philanthropy & Society; Director, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation Aspen Institute
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Jane Wales is Vice President, Philanthropy and Society Program at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She is Founder and CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum and President and CEO of the World Affairs Council.

Fees and Lodging

  • Hotels

    The Aspen Meadows Resort is the venue for all retreat sessions and accommodations. Rooms are limited in number and are available on a first come, first served basis. The Resort is also the home of the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Ideas Festival.
    Please contact Allison Reimer at to let us know if you would like to stay at Aspen Meadows.

    Alternative Lodging

    We hope you will be able to stay at the Meadows but if we are not able to accommodate you there then you will find many attractive options in Aspen including the three below:

    An Auberge Resort, The Hotel Jerome is a favored spot for post-agenda networking. It is located on Main Street in the middle of town.
    Phone: 970-920-1000
    We do not have a group rate at this hotel.

    Located in town at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell is a 25-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from the Meadows.
    Phone: 855-920-4600
    We do not have a group rate at this hotel.

    Aspen Square, a condominium hotel located at the base of the Aspen Mountain in downtown Aspen, is close to the stop for the shuttle that will take you to and from the Institute or you can walk!
    Phone: 970-925-1000

  • Travel Assistance

    You are responsible for your own travel. These companies can assist you with any of your travel arrangements. Please note that the Aspen Meadows provides complimentary shuttle service to and from Aspen/Pitkin Airport.

    Linda Crouch,
    (866) 324-9606

    Stay Aspen Snowmass
    (888) 649-5982

  • Aspen Airports

    Participants may book flights into Aspen/Pitkin Airport (ASE), which is approximately 15 minutes from Aspen town center. Direct flights to Aspen are available from Denver, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. You may also like to consider flying into Denver, Grand Junction or Eagle/Vail airports and drive to Aspen. It is a beautiful drive through the Rockies to Aspen! Please share your flight itinerary with us so that we can make your stay in Aspen more comfortable. If you stay at the Meadows Resort, the hotel will arrange for your ground transportation to and from the airport.

  • Driving Directions

    You may want to consider flying into Denver, Grand Junction or Eagle/Vail airports and drive to Aspen. It is a beautiful drive through the Rockies to Aspen!

    From Denver (220 miles; 3.5 hours):

    Take I-70 West to Glenwood Springs. Head due east on Highway 82. Alternatively, drivers may take I-70 West to 91 South through Leadville to 24 South, then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass.

    From Grand Junction (130 miles; 2.5 hours):

    Head east on I-70, connecting with Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs.

    From Eagle/Vail (70 miles; 1.5 hours):

    Take I-70 West to Glenwood Springs, and then connect with Highway 82 to Aspen.

  • Getting Around Town

    The Aspen Meadows hotel offers a free shuttle service into downtown Aspen. The shuttle stops at all key points in town on a circuit, so you can always get back to the hotel after a dinner, or outing into Aspen. Most other hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport.

  • Family Activities

    Many visitors know this beautiful Colorado mountain town for its extensive mix of arts programs, cultural events and cosmopolitan nightlife. The town has a variety of restaurants, shopping, lodging and nightlife that caters to a range of budgets and experiences. Aspen places an emphasis on preserving the environment, its silver-mining heritage and the promotion of arts, culture and non-profits in the area. Aspen is a family-friendly community with many activities available to you, your spouse and children.

    Please consider bringing your significant other and children so that they may also enjoy the beauty of Aspen. This year as part of our Kidspottr program, we offer a range of outdoor activities, including: art classes, guided nature walks, yoga-on-the-lawn and pony rides. For more information, please contact: Dulcy Gregory, Conference Services Manager for The Aspen Institute: (970) 544-7977

    Learn more through these links:

    Aspen Official Vacation Planner
    Aspen Chamber of Commerce—Kids & Family

    We can also provide a list of available local babysitters.



  • Weather and Dress

    Daily highs in June range from 69°F to 79°F and can exceed 85°F or drop below 58°F but only infrequently. Daily low temperatures range from 43°F to 50°F, falling below 34°F or exceeding 57°F only one day in ten. Unlike August, there is little rain in June and little wind. In other words, the weather should be beautiful. You’ll want to bring a light jacket or sweater to keep warm in the evenings but do expect a good amount of sunshine during the day. We want you to be comfortable!

    For the gentlemen: The Aspen environment is casual but smart. We saw Stanley Fischer sporting shorts and a short sleeve button down on campus but he is South African and knows how to make that a sharp look. Jackets/sports coats are not necessary but quite a few of us put on a coat for cocktails and dinner. It can get a little chilly in the evening so having a jacket to wear is a bonus. Jeans and cowboy boots are encouraged. Suits and ties are forbidden!

    For the ladies: As with the gentlemen, please choose for comfort. Some choose to dress it up a little more in the evening. Carleen likes a cocktail dress and a pair of boots as her ensemble. Choose as you see fit.

  • Local Aspen Help

    For more information or answers to other questions, feel free to contact:

    Dulcy Gregory
    Conference Services Manager
    The Aspen Institute
    (970) 544-7977