Local nonprofit leader chosen for prestigious fellowship


Nicole Almond Anderson

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to announce that Jenny Oby, an alumna of Class VII of the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center and current Director of Co-Curricular Programs for the Great Hearts Academies, has been selected to participate in the 2016American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute, a fellowship program for emerging nonprofit leaders. The Fellowship will take place at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Colorado from Sunday, August 21 to Friday, August 26, 2016.

Using the time-tested Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, the Fellowship program aims to provide the tools and perspectives necessary for effective, enlightened leadership. Nominations for the Fellowship were by invitation-only and 15 Fellows have been selected through a competitive process.

"It is testimony to our proven leadership development program, and to Jenny’s strengths, that she was selected for such a prestigious Academy as organized by the Aspen Institute," said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development. "Few are chosen from around the United States and we are encouraged that Jenny was selected and can bring back to Arizona new learning about leadership that can be put into action for the betterment of our communities," he added.

"Participation in the Aspen Institute’s leadership academy will allow Jenny to continue to develop her leadership skills and enhance her nonprofit acumen as she grows the social enterprise elements of Great Hearts Academies in Arizona and around the country," said Cassidy Campana, ASU Lodestar Center program manager for the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center. "During her year in ASU’s American Express Leadership Academy, Jenny took steps to share her program curriculum with her team back in the office expanding the impact of the program’s work. I know she will utilize the skills she gains to benefit her team and Great Hearts Academies," she added.

As a member of the 2016 Fellowship class, Jenny joins a diverse group of peers and will explore core values that help to emphasize her professional work and share strategies to further amplify the Fellows’ leadership and community impact.

“I am elated to have been selected for this remarkable opportunity, and I’m humbled to join such an accomplished group of individuals as we engage in thoughtful dialogue on what it means to be an effectual, ethical non-profit leader in today’s world. My work at Great Hearts Academies affords me the opportunity to nurture young scholars who, through the contemplative examination of the Great Books of the Western tradition, are intellectually and morally prepared to forge a more just, humane, and philosophical society,” said Jenny Oby, 2016 Aspen Institute participant and American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center Class VII alumna. “I am thrilled that my appointment to the American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute will so perfectly complement and enhance my work at Great Hearts, and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” she added.