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Aaron Stern

International consultant, founder of nonprofit academy

Aaron Stern

International consultant, founder of nonprofit academy

Biography

Aaron Stern, president and founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning, is a musician, teacher, and internationally recognized consultant on learning.

As the academy’s creative and educational leader, Aaron designs and directs the core curriculum and faculty; guides program development; and offers select trainings in depth-facilitation and diverse aspects of the academy’s pedagogy.

During the early 1980s, while dean of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois, Aaron re-met his mentor, musician Leonard Bernstein. Aaron had already begun to imagine a new institution focused on learning, and their conversations and shared experiences further informed his quest to find ways to awaken, nurture, and sustain a lifelong love of learning as a means to becoming more fully human. This early work laid the foundation for what is now the Academy for the Love of Learning, founded by Aaron as a nonprofit “think and do tank.”

Today, he conducts programming, consultancies, and seminars throughout the world and serves as a member of the board and fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, cofounded by the Dalai Lama.