Cordell Carter

Exec Dir - Socrates Program
Aspen Institute

Cordell leads the Aspen Institute Socrates Program, a global education forum for emerging leaders that introduces them to a values/ethics-based, text-based, expertly-moderated Socratic dialogue on contemporary leadership issues. He has had previous leadership roles with TechTown Foundation, 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.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Cordell coaches and consults organizations on leadership development, executive education and leveraging innovation communities. He speaks internationally on civil discourse, tech for the greater good and the power of professional development at conferences, seminars and workshops all over the world. For bookings:

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