Harvard and Stanford professors. CEOs and entrepreneurs.
Community of high-achievers.
More than an academy
A life-changing experience for future leaders and entrepreneurs
What unites the Aspire community is a shared commitment to excellence and societal impact through the means of transformational leadership.
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In 2011, a group of Romanian Ivy League graduates decided to recreate and pass on a similar educational experience at home. Find out more about their story!
"Aspire was an experience which not only made me dream beyond the boundaries I had set for myself, but made me want to materialise those dreams. These 5 uplifting days will define my upcoming 3 years of high school, I will keep their memory with me, making them a motivating pillar for everything I want to pursue."
"Aspire is a place were leaders of tomorrow can meet. This has never been as important as it is now!"
"When I heard about this 'summer school' and I saw the last years students' testimonials, I had realized that I wanted to take part and I really had big expectations but, you know what, it was well over anybody could have ever expected! Aspire showed me that there is always something better prepared for you, all you need to do is to be prepared for that better thing!"
"Aspire became, at least for me, tantamount to motivation. The debt to magnanimously repay our society, the drive for self-improvement, the desire to bring change. These are all feelings that I have been instilled with during the short span of five days by amazing professors and fellow, just-as-amazing, Aspire alumni."
"Aspire is an invaluable experience one can attain because it connects you with the most amazing people, from awesome participants and wonderful organizing team to mind blowing speakers, who, along with amazing scenery and surroundings make for a lifetime dose of motivation to truly make a change in the world."
"If I say it was a life-changing experience, it would be a cliché, because everybody most probably said that. So I won't say it. What I will say: friends for life, new perspective over life - this is what Aspire meant for me."
"I predict Aspire to become the most important hub of ethical leaders in our region."
"I associate Aspire with a beautiful, impressive ship, waiting for new passengers, filed with treasures, with knowledge, tricks and tips, and last but not least with the best captains, crew members and guests! Words cannot express how grateful and honored I was to be among those wonderful people!"
"Aspire High School is what motivates me to make a change in the world. I expected it to be a great experience, but it was so much more than I could have ever imagined. It was an amazing-beautiful-wonderful-fantastic-incredible experience. Now I am myself part of a new family, the Aspire Family and I am so grateful for this."
"Thanks to Aspire, I know that dreams can become true. Most importantly, I know that my achievements can be shared with a bunch of wonderful people who do not spare word of support!"
"Aspire is for explorers, for those who wander what may be behind the wall and dare to climb it, to find out for themselves, motivated by sheer curiosity. Aspire entices you with prestigious lecturers and the idea that you might meet a group of interesting folks that could accompany you along the way."
"Before Aspire I thought that success is about constantly breaking your limits. At Aspire, I learnt that, by having the right people close to you, there is no need to do that, because you won't have any limits!"
"Aspire reminded me to dream big, motivated me to strive for the best, and taught me to take advantage of my full potential. It creates an environment where Ambition, Success, Potential, Innovation and Energy come together to shape high school students into individuals with revolutionary visions and well-rounded personalities. "
"Aspire was the greatest thing that happened to me, where I learned, I felt truly inspired and I met people who resemble me."
"Almost a week has gone by since Aspire ended and all I want is to go back! A group of passionate people, inspiring speakers and challenging lectures contributed to a transformational experience that I will never forget. Thank you for everything!"
"Aspire was that magical recipe with a mixture of "emotional" and "educational" experiences. Once you taste it, you'll be immediately integrated in the most talented group of young leaders on this planet."
"Aspire is more than a learning experience, it's about self-discovering and networking opportunities where you learn equally from your bright fellow participants and alumni, and esteemed professors that connect with you at a deeper level."
"I had been waiting for such an experience for a long time, without knowing that its name is Aspire Academy."
"Aspire lasts for 5 days, but stays with you for a lifetime. It is an experience that changes the way you perceive certain things, and as an added bonus: the people you meet cannot be found anywhere else. It is truly irreplaceable."
"Aspire has shown me that dreamers and fighters still exist and that striving for the growth of yourself and your community is the only way to achieve the rare feeling of fulfillment. It made me surpass my limits, confront my fears and set higher goals."
"Because two words can be as strong as a phrase, for me, Aspire High School means a summer rain! Imagine you standing in this summer rain, you're not cold, but all your problems are gone in that moment. It's like you're the strongest man in the world, you can decide your next move, and nobody can stop you!"
"It was like a one-week reality show! Not a regular one though, but extremely meaningful, educational, super emotional and turning your world upside down! Believe it or not - it is truly a "life changing experience", you’re lucky to go through it!"
"They say that a picture is worth 1000 words. But, at the end of the day, not even 1000 pictures seem to do justice to the best week of my life!"
"Aspire is about the people. The same wonderful people who inspired me and fueled me into moving from 'Talking The Talk' to 'Walking The Talk'."
"Amazing experience! You really don’t expect that 7 days can change your life completely and that you’ll meet so many great people at one place and have a feeling that you know them for the whole life. But that’s why Aspire is so different from any other summer program."
"I just find it amazing how Aspire managed to choose such amazing people. Here, I am not only talking about the speakers, but also about the students. I found it amazing how we all had similar views, but came from different backgrounds and had distinct passions, which range from sciences to design and sport."
Dedicated to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The program develops the world’s future leaders, using a blend of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development case studies closely following the Harvard Business School curricula.
Dedicated to high school students. The program helps students define their academic and professional journey, connect with mentors, and receive top-notch preparation for study-abroad opportunities.
Dedicated to young working professionals. It aims to improve their leadership abilities through analytical thinking and communication workshops led by top Ivy League professors.
Dedicated to young people with an entrepreneurial spirit. The program aims at providing young entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to have a successful start in the world of business.
Below are some of the Professors and Speakers that have been present
at the Aspire Programs in 2015
Steven Jarding - Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Steven is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where, in June 2016, he has been given the Teacher of the Year Award. He is recognized as an expert in campaign management and political strategies. He has served as a senior strategist and campaign manager for various US representatives. In 1996, Roll Call magazine named him one of the "50 most influential political people in Washington". Steven also teaches annually at the IESE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and has consulted and managed political campaigns in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Luciana Herman - Lecturer in Public Policy, Stanford University, PhD in the Art of Writing
Luciana Herman is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University. Previously, she has taught writing and political rhetoric courses at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to policy writing and public speaking, her academic interests include American political rhetoric, racial formation and immigration policy. Following work on Capitol Hill in the area of water policy, Dr. Herman earned her PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Matthew Lee - Assistant Professor at INSEAD MBA Singapore, PhD at Harvard
Matthew is an Assistant Professor at INSEAD, a leading global business school, where he teaches the core MBA course on Strategy. He received his doctorate at Harvard Business School.
The sphere of his research is social enterprise and public-private cooperation. Previously, Matt worked in non-profit strategy consulting at the Bridgespan Group, an affiliate of Bain and Company, where he worked with clients in education, mentoring, housing and workforce development sectors. He was also a Fulbright scholar in Malaysia and worked at the U.S. Embassy in the same country.
Andreea Gorbatai - Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, PhD Harvard Business School
Andreea is Assistant Professor in the Management of Organizations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Before starting as Assistant Professor at Haas, Andreea received her PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard Business School. She holds an MA in Sociology from Harvard University and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Dartmouth College.
Andreea has experience teaching Harvard College's undergraduate course in Social Entrepreneurship and in Harvard University's Summer School Programs, as well as facilitating sessions in Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School, such as Leading Organizational Renewal and Change and Women's Leadership Forum.
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Making of Aspire Academy 2015
Get exclusive behind the scene footage of how Aspire Academy 2015 went!
Making of Aspire High School 2015
Get exclusive behind the scene footage of how Aspire High School 2015 went and how much fun the participants had!
Making Of Aspire Professional 2015
Get exclusive behind the scene footage of how Aspire Professional 2015 went!
Aspire Professional 2015 - Good Bye Video
After 4 wonderful days spent together, the second edition of Aspire Professional sadly came to an end. But how the saying goes : 'Don't be sad because it finished, be happy because it happened!'.
We cannot wait to find out more about the amazing things these guys are doing all over the world!
If you want to find out what what happened at the latest edition of Aspire Professional, watch this video and feel free to contact us for more information regarding the selection process! Enjoy!
Aspire High School 2015 - Welcome Video
The 2015 Aspire High School Alumni were greeted with this video during their opening ceremony, reminding them of the times when their journeys have started. Now they are studying all over the world due to what the Aspire High School Program speakers motivated them with. Find out why they could not contain their excitement afterwards, and apply to be the next person inspired by the awesomeness of the Aspire community.
Aspire High School 2015 - Meet the participants
The third and latest edition of Aspire High School has come to an end! Watch this video to see who were the junior #aspirers this year and next year you can be just like them- excited, motivated, beautiful, inspiring! Apply now and you could be in our next video!
Aspire Academy 2014 - Meet the Participants
Aspire Academy has pushed its limits a little higher this year, as it does every year, welcoming the best out of the best candidates for being part of our #inspiring Aspire experience. Meet the participants of the fourth edition of Aspire Academy! Apply now and you could be in our next video!
Aspire High School 2013 - Good Bye Video
After 3 wonderful days spent together, the first edition of Aspire High School sadly came to an end.
If you want to find out what what happened at the very first edition of Aspire High School, watch this #throwback video from 2013! Next year you can also be part of our broadened Aspire community!
Aspire High School 2013 - Sneak Peek
Aspire High School, our new program dedicated to bright and talented high school students across Europe, has made its debut in Aspire Programs this year! We have discovered, developed and connected our first round of juniors in mastering the art of success!
Aspire Academy 2013 - Meet the Participants
Another year, another #MISSION accomplished! Aspire Academy's mission to discover, develop and connect young leaders from all over the world has made itself seen in the portraits of our Aspire Academy participants!
Aspire Academy 2013 - Welcome video
The 2013 Aspire Academy Alumni were greeted with this video during their opening ceremony. Find out why they could not contain their excitement afterwards!
Aspire Academy 2013 - Sneak Peek
Inspiration and success at their infinite limits - this could be the best definition for the third edition of the Aspire Academy Program! Find out more about the professors and speakers, sessions, and participants by watching this video!
Aspire Academy 2012 - Meet the Participants
Meet those who had the courage to follow in the footsteps of greatness and courage - the participants who attended the 2nd edition of the Aspire Academy!
Aspire Academy 2011 - Meet the Participants
Back in those days we were all young and restless.. Meet the very first #aspirers who embraced the motivational spirit of the Aspire Academy Programs!
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NEWS Steve Jarding, an amazing Aspire professor, has been given the Teacher of the Year Award at Harvard University
We are proud of the amazing professors that we bring at Aspire! Steve Jading, who has been teaching at our programs for the last 3 years and is an Aspire Academic Board Member, has been named Teacher of the Year at Harvard.
EVENT Aspire Christmas Ball 2015
19/12/2015 - Aurrum Palace Bucharest
When it comes to Christmas there is no better way than celebrating it rather than with your family. Aspire Christmas ball is an event held every year in Bucharest, where Aspire Alumni celebrate Christmas and exchange gifts with each other.
With more than 100 Aspire Alumni and over 30 guests, this year’s ball was the biggest organized event in Aspire.
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