The biographer of the late ibrand icon Steve Jobs could be the subject of a book himself. Walter Isaacson, among his many roles, has been the chief editor of Time Magazine, chairman and CEO of CNN and new leads the Aspen Institute.
In the past 20 years, he has also written about some of the most consequential leaders in U.S. history: Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, and now Steve Jobs.
Walter Isaacson told a summit of the Liberty Fellowship that in order to improve the state, leaders must avoid tribalism and staying in like-minded groups. That was the theme of the day’s discussions, led by Delaware Governor Jack Markell, former Congressman Mickey Edwards, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IV Director Anton Gunn, and Kim Smith, co-founder and CEO of Bellwether Education Partners.
AUDIO: Isaacson on his new book, speech to Liberty Fellowship (4:56)
After Isaacson’s keynote address, a powerful cross-section of top talent in business, technology, politics and education-known as the Liberty Fellowship—spent the afternoon teaming up to tackle the state’s most pressing needs. This is the first year that the public was invited to join in this part of the summit–and hundreds signed up.
Isaacson advises the Liberty Fellowship, which modeled after his Aspen Institute. He told the group that South Carolina is the first such statewide leadership program.
This is the vision of former CEO of Liberty Corporation, Hayne Hipp, who founded the Liberty Fellowship with the help of Bernie Dunlap, who is now president of Wofford College
AUDIO: Hipp on this year’s summit (2:55)
The thousand people who gathered in Columbia were tasked with trying to work “outside their tribes.” They also welcomed a new list of Liberty Fellows nominated to work for two years on projects to help the state.