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Natalie TraversNatalie Travers

Cross Continent MBA | Class of 2016

 

I reside at 7,908 ft/2400 m in Aspen, Colorado. Inspired by the synthesis of mind, body, and spirit that defines the “Aspen Idea,” the town is a hotbed of creativity mixed with adventurous spirit that draws business leaders, policy makers and leaders from across the globe.

I work for the Aspen Institute, a non-profit organization that provides a nonpartisan venue for addressing critical issues in our world today. Founded in Aspen and based in Washington, D.C., the Institute has a diverse portfolio of more than 30 policy, public and international programs. I have worked for two of these programs in my tenure.

My first position was with the literary arm of the Institute, Aspen Words. My work included responsibilities across a broad spectrum of management and program design, and I would find myself doing anything, from engaging authors to teach or talk, to fundraising and budgeting, to facilitating story exchanges for students in Haiti or Israel.

Today in my role with the Aspen Challenge, a program founded in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, I work to empower young people from underserved communities in cities across the U.S. to think critically and design solutions to critical issues our society faces. The Challenge is a competition where they present solutions to win a chance to showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Natalie was a Cross Continent MBA student and blogger prior to the program's merger with the Global Executive MBA program.

 

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