Katie Castillo-Wilson, Founder & CEO of TapOnIt, Named 2024 Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute

Mar 13, 2024

Katie Castillo-Wilson, Founder & CEO of TapOnIt, Named 2024 Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute

Katie Castillo-Wilson, Founder & CEO of TapOnIt, Named 2024 Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute

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Davenport, Iowa, March 13, 2024 - Katie Castillo-Wilson, Founder & CEO of TapOnIt LLC, has been selected as a member of the 2024 Class of Henry Crown Fellows by the Aspen Institute. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes proven entrepreneurial leaders, mostly from the private business sector, between the ages of 30-46 to tackle the world’s most intractable problems.

Katie Castillo-Wilson is a recognized leader in the field of mobile marketing and communications. Under her leadership, TapOnIt has transformed the way businesses communicate with their customers via text, offering a Content-First MMS & SMS Engagement Platform that prioritizes customer engagement and user experience.

"I am honored to be selected as a Henry Crown Fellow and join a community of like-hearted leaders committed to creating positive change in the world," said Katie Castillo-Wilson. "I look forward to the opportunity to further develop my leadership skills and contribute to building a better society through the Fellowship."

As a Henry Crown Fellow, Katie Castillo-Wilson will spend four weeks over the course of two years in structured retreat, exploring her leadership, core values, vision for a Good Society, and desired legacies. Additionally, she will launch a leadership venture that will have a positive impact on her community, country, or the world.

"The greatest challenges of our time require solutions from innovative, effective, and thoughtful leaders," said Tonya Hinch, executive director of the program. "This class embodies those ideals: they are a force for good, poised to channel their talents and energies into tackling these challenges. With this Fellowship, they are beginning a personal journey with a mosaic of like-hearted and like-minded classmates - a journey from success to significance - that will leave an impact on themselves and the world."

The Henry Crown Fellows for 2024 are:

Jonathan Abelmann, Cofounder & President, Bestow, Dallas, TX.

Anne Behrendt, Chief Executive Officer, Doran Companies, Bloomington, MN.

Katie Castillo-Wilson, Founder & CEO, TapOnIt, LLC, Davenport, IA.

Tracy DiNunzio, Founder, Tradesy, Los Angeles, CA.

Beatrice Dixon, Cofounder, CEO & Chief Innovation Officer, The Honey Pot Company, Miami, FL.

Liana Guzmán, Chief Executive Officer, FOLX Health, Hartford, CT.

Saeju Jeong, Cofounder & Executive Chairman, Noom, New York, NY.

Cambre Kelly, Cofounder & CTO, restor3d, Boston, MA.

Dale King, Cofounder & Co-Owner, Doc Spartan, Portsmouth, OH.

Justin Ladner, President, Pennsylvania American Water, Carlisle, PA.

Tony Liu, Cofounder & CEO, JobGet, Seattle, WA.

Jason Mayden, Chief Design Officer, Jordan Brand, Nike Inc., Pasadena, CA.

Shu Nyatta, Cofounder & Managing Partner, Bicycle Capital, Miami, FL.

Hall O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, Established., Houston, TX.

Nayeema Raza, Executive Producer, Vox Media, New York, NY.

Robert Reffkin, Founder & CEO, Compass, New York, NY.

Daniel Rotman, Cofounder & CEO, PrettyLitter, Miami Beach, FL.

KC Sullivan, President, CNBC, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Vasudha Vats, VP Global Head of Marketing Inflammation & Immunology, Pfizer, Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Zuhairah Washington, Former Chief Executive Officer, Otrium, Rockville, MD.

Heidi Zak, Cofounder & CEO, ThirdLove, San Francisco, CA.

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About TapOnIt:

TapOnIt LLC is a Content-First MMS & SMS Engagement Platform transforming how businesses communicate with their customers via text. TapOnIt has been named Business of the Year by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and one of the Top 100 Most Fundable Companies by Pepperdine Graziado Business School two years in a row. For more information, visit

The Henry Crown Fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was established in 1997 to honor the life and career of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990) and was initially funded by the Henry and Gladys Crown Charitable Trust Fund. The program is the flagship Fellowship of the Aspen Institute and the founding Fellowship of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. For more information, visit

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) develops authentic, high-integrity leaders committed to proactively confronting societal challenges, individually and collectively, in order to create a more just, free, and equitable society. The network has fostered a worldwide community of nearly 4,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector in more than 60 countries. Because of their demonstrated accomplishments and abilities, they have been selected to join one of 14 geographic or sector-specific AGLN Fellowships around the world. The AGLN is committed to moving these leaders from “success to significance” by spurring them to take action on some of the world’s most pressing problems. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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