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Cordell Carter Esq.

Executive Director, Aspen Institute

An entrepreneurial leader, nationally recognized for cross-sector successes in philanthropy, education and technology. Currently leading the Aspen Institute Socrates Program, a global education forum for leaders that introduces them to a values/ethics-based, text-based, expertly-moderated Socratic dialogue on leadership issues. Previous leadership roles with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Business Roundtable, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the IBM Corporation.

Honors include an Eisenhower Fellowship to China, designation as a White House Champion of Change for Computer Science Education, designation as a “40 under 40” by business and civic organizations in Washington State and Tennessee, selection as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow for Young American Leaders, and a Broad Foundation Resident in Urban Education. Board service includes the Advisory Council for the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Alumni Council for Cultural Vistas and the Blockchain start-up Injii. He previously served on the boards of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, United Way of King County, Downtown Seattle YMCA and the Siskin Hospital. 

Mr. Carter writes, speaks and moderates panels, conferences and seminars focused on philanthropy, civic engagement, education and tech for social good: sample appearances include: 2019 Macedonian Young Leaders Academy (Skopje, Macedonia); 2018 VIP Summit – Blockchain & the Shareable Economy (Seoul, South Korea), 2018 The Wright Awards (Golden, CO), 2018 SXSW Festival (Austin, TX), 2017 YSEALI Summit (Manila, Philippines); Confluence ROME (Rome, GA); Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank District’s Reinventing Community Conference (Philadelphia, PA).