Aspen Ethical Leadership Program
Supporting ethical awareness, analysis and action

October 3 - 6, 2021

True North:
Navigating the Ethical Future
of Healthcare Leadership

Program Mission & Vision

The Aspen Ethical Leadership Program (AELP) creates a rare space in which leaders of health care organizations can explore together – in a caring, collegial and confidential environment – the ethical dimensions of decisions they must make in their leadership roles.  The program provides a practical framework for honest recognition, deliberative assessment, and pragmatic action as an ethical leader when confronting the complex challenges of our rapidly-changing world in health care. Through this work, the program is producing a community of connected professionals who are knowledgeable about and practiced in the skills and attitudes associated with ethical leadership in health care.  

“This meeting is invaluable.  As health care changes we must address ethical dilemmas."
Fred Southwick, MD – Professor; University of Florida College of Medicine

About the Program

The program was founded on the recognition that ethical leadership in health care requires both essential knowledge and practical skills that are rarely taught in health professional or business schools.  Moreover, the problems in health care leadership that pose the toughest ethical challenges are often politically contentious, extremely complex, and emotionally fraught. As a result, health care executives need a welcoming and safe environment in which to acquire and practice using the knowledge and skills of ethical leadership to address these challenges.

Working with Professor Mary Gentile’s Giving Voice to Values program, the AELP has developed a practical framework for building ethical Awareness, Analysis and Action skills specifically oriented to health care leadership, with curated opportunities for learning how to recognize, analyze and then act to address the most challenging ethical issues confronting health care leaders today.  The Triple A framework used at the AELP is described briefly in Matthew Wynia and Ira Bedzow’s 2019 article, Values-Based Leadership During the Transformation of Health Care, in People + Strategy

By bringing together leaders for conversation and practice, the AELP is creating a community of leaders and scholars devoted to understanding and promoting ethical leadership in health care. Our vision is that the knowledge and skills required for ethical leadership will be a part of every health care executive’s toolkit. 

“We're given a footprint to address moral and ethical issues in a systematic way, with an opportunity to practice engaging in  difficult conversations."  Sharon Caulfield, JD - Healthcare Attorney

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluate how ethical responsibilities and relationships between governing bodies, chief executives, senior managers, clinical leaders, and other key stakeholders in health care organizations can affect their ability to produce quality care.
  2. Identify strategies to achieve the health care executive’s triple aim: high quality care, a successful organization, and professional fulfillment for themselves and those with whom they work.
  3. Analyze real-world scenarios for improving health care delivery and achieving organizational success in an increasingly complex and multi-cultural environment.
  4. Practice collaboration with colleagues of differing backgrounds to implement effective leadership techniques.

Bedzow & Wynia recently published Ethical Training Can Turn an “Ought” to a “Can, in the American Journal ofAJOB cover Bioethics, March-2020.  The article describes what it means to adopt an “implementation mindset” when facing ethical challenges, and how this can facilitate collaboration to determine optimal strategies and tactics for implementing proposed policies and practices.

This conference has selective admission and attendance is limited to ensure that every participant will have opportunities for direct interaction with our renowned program faculty. Attendees are expected to be senior or rising leaders of health care organizations, senior or rising health policy leaders, or senior or rising public health leaders.