he ICAP Fellows Association is a not-for-profit organization which represents the Fellows who attended the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Aspen Seminar for future U.S. leaders in foreign affairs. Since 1997, more than 755 foreign affairs experts, reflecting diverse demographics of the United States, have participated in the Seminar. The ICAP Fellows Association offers its members opportunities to network, mentor, build skills, and engage in community outreach. In addition, the Association is an important catalyst for increasing diversity in senior management and policymaking roles.
About ICAP Aspen
Founded by Dr. Thomas Rowe of the University of Denver, the ICAP Aspen Seminar forms tomorrow’s leaders in foreign affairs, drawing from all U.S. populations. During an intense one week session at the Aspen Institute, ICAP Aspen brings a select group of diverse mid-level professionals with proven records of achievement from government, non-profits, foundations, international organizations, academia, and the private sector and puts them together with senior government officials, business leaders, faculty at the University of Denver, and other advisors. Out of ICAP emerges a powerful pipeline of driven and committed mid-career and senior professionals.
The Seminar includes lectures, workshops, and other events designed to:
Explore the international problems and policy issues that senior officials must deal with over the next decade
- Discuss the characteristics, values, experiences and credentials associated with leadership and how those can be acquired
- Detail career patterns and experiences of those who have already achieved senior positions and consider the relevance of such patterns to those currently at mid-career levels
- Discuss common career and life stages and how problems can be handled most effectively
- Consider the specific problems faced by people of color and how they can be addressed and overcome
- Understand the importance of diversity to effective and high quality leadership for the United States in the coming decades
- Discuss the role of mentoring in international careers, facilitate mentoring relationships between the senior officials and the mid-career professionals and encourage the mid-career individuals to take on mentoring roles themselves
- Develop close ties and mutual support among the participants that would continue beyond the Aspen experience.
- In addition to these aspects of the ICAP Aspen Seminar, each mid-career participant is paired with a career counselor for individual career guidance and mentorship.
For more information about the ICAP Seminar in Aspen and to apply for the program, please visit http://icapaspen.org.
Contact ICAP Aspen
E. Thomas Rowe
Founder and Director, International Career Advancement Program
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Global Access Pipeline
Director, M.A. in International Administration Program
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver