Sacramento, California The Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) announced that Aubrey Bettencourt, the President and CEO of the Almond Alliance, is one of the eleven recipients of the prestigious 2023 Eisenhower USA Fellowship.

Selected for her notable leadership and accomplishments, Bettencourt will join a diverse cohort of visionary mid-career professionals embarking on transformative journeys across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. Through this endeavor, they will pursue individual projects to enhance their professional knowledge, foster global relationships, and better represent their respective communities with enriched perspectives upon their return.

Other distinguished recipients for the 2023 Fellowship include innovators and leaders from various sectors, from artificial intelligence and financial services to community activism and racial justice. 

Each recipient will independently travel to one or two countries, meeting with leading experts to further their professional development.

Eisenhower Fellowships Chairman Dr. Robert M. Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense, expressed his enthusiasm, “We are thrilled to offer these exceptional leaders a uniquely transformational Eisenhower Fellowship experience to connect them with other like-minded leaders overseas. Their journeys of exploration will sharpen their skills, expand their knowledge, and help them make a positive impact in their professions and their communities when they return home.”



Now in its 70th year and named for America’s 34th president, Eisenhower Fellowships brings together innovative leaders from across geographies and sectors with the common goal of creating a world that is more peaceful, prosperous, and just. Since 1953, more than 2,500 mid-career leaders from 115 countries have benefitted from the unique experience of an Eisenhower Fellowship.

The organization will mark the 70th anniversary of its founding with a World Forum, Leaders Confronting Global Challenges: What Works? in San Francisco, October 12-14, 2023, convening hundreds of Eisenhower Fellows and other thought leaders to share perspectives on emerging solutions to pressing transnational problems at the top of every nation’s agenda.