Driving innovation and change

July-october 2019 

IMMERSION one: leading change and innovation


The theme for our Fall 2019 program is Driving Innovation and Change. This Fellowship is for CEOs and senior leaders whose organizations and business models are rapidly evolving, who are focused on driving change and innovation, and who are addressing new business models, disruptions, and rapidly changing contexts.  

For these leaders to accomplish their goals, they need practical tools, access to diverse perspectives, and a deep understanding of how to work with others.


july 9-12, 2019

Greater San Francisco: Summit Skywalker Ranch

The first immersion focuses on innovation and technological change and transformation to what each Fellow wants to create: their own legacy and impact. 


  • The Changing Technological Context: learn from world-class experts about the factors driving technological change to develop a deeper understanding of current and future contexts 

  • Rapid innovation lab: get into an innovator’s mindset to work on your own individual challenges 

  • From Science Fiction to the Future You Want at Summit Skywalker Ranch: use the principles of science fiction writing and narrative storytelling to develop and map your long-term goals  


Summit Skywalker Ranch provides a residential experience like none other in the hills of Marin County, California, surrounded by some of the most innovative thinkers in the entertainment industry. 



Week of october 16-18, 2019

Greater Boston: Edward M. Kennedy Institute and Harvard Yard

The second Immersion focuses on the tools and skills needed to persuade, collaborate, and influence.  Fellows will engage in tailored simulations and exercises to bring concepts to life.  We will balance cutting edge with living history with the Harvard Faculty Club and the Edward M. Kennedy institute.  


  • Collaboration and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard Faculty Club: explore various methods of negotiation and influence with Daniel L. Shapiro, Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program 

  • Influence and Coalition-building at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute: experience what collaborative leadership really feels like via simulations in the Institute’s full-size replica of the U.S. Senate chamber 

  • Legacy-building and the Importance of the Dinner Table: engage in a deeply thoughtful and challenging “family dinner” with unique guests, inspired by the Kennedy family’s tradition of bringing the crucial questions of the day to the dinner table


Dedicated to educating and encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is a tribute to the Kennedy family’s storied engagement with public service.  

Note that the Ascent Fellowship is not formally affiliated with Harvard University, nor is a Harvard University program or activity.