Dena Simmons Named Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow

Dena Simmons Named Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.,the Director of School Initiatives at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has been selected as an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow for the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF). The Fellows were selected for the inaugural class from a competitive field of national nominees who are emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity, and leadership qualities of Mr. Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation.

Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has been the nation’s premier convening for leaders to engage in deep and inquisitive consideration of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times. Similarly, for nearly 65 years, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have provided philanthropy across America to higher education; medicine and healthcare; theological education and religious pluralism; public educational television for children and historical and scientific documentaries for national distribution through PBS and other producers of film.

Through funding provided by the Board of Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Aspen AVDF Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other Festival attendees, including more than 400 thought leaders in science, health, business, politics, religion, technology, the arts, the environment and academia. The Fellows’ presence will enrich the Ideas Festival and their insight will then inform the philanthropic plans and priorities of the Foundations in the coming years.

“I am so grateful to have been nominated and selected for this wonderful fellowship and to be among such inspiring thinkers, doers, and shakers. I look forward to learning and building collaboratively with participants at the Aspen Ideas Festival. I am also excited to share our work at the Center and the urgency to create more emotionally intelligent educational spaces so that all people have access to a safe place to learn and to flourish.”

The Festival, which will be held June 25 through July 4 in Aspen, Colorado, is a week-long program of discussions, seminars, panels, and tutorials from journalists, designers, innovators, politicians, diplomats, presidents, judges, musicians, artists, and writers. This year’s theme is Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges.