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Ascend Fellows Move Ideas Into Action


Follow @MekaeliaD   Above, Ascend Fellows share their leadership values   Last month, I spent three days with a diverse group of leaders at the final Forum of the Ascend Fellowship. Reflecting on my experience working with twenty remarkable individuals, I was faced with a bittersweet realization that the inaugural Ascend Fellowship had suddenly come…

Anne Mosle: Local and National Visionary


Follow @NickyGoren The 2013 Washington Area Women's Foundation Visionary Award Honorees from left to right: Anne Mosle, Marion Ballard, Sharon Williams and Rick Ballard Donna Callejon is a former board member and current Leadership Council co-chair of the Washington Area Women's Foundation. Nicky Goren is the current president of the Washington Area Women's Foundation. Aspen Institute Ascend Executive Director Anne Mosle has influenced…

Where the Jobs Are: Young Parents in the Private Sector


From left: Jonathan Njus; Denise Hebner; Leasie Clark; Elyse Rosenblum; and Kavitha Cardoza There are currently 6.7 million opportunity youth, ages 16-24 who are out of school and seeking work, and 1.4 million of those young adults are parents to more than 2 million children.[1] Through my work with employers, I know that while these…

Build, Buy, and Buy-in


Above, an Acelero Learning staff member and child participant Lots of brows furrowed in concentrated attention.  That’s my visual memory of the Aspen Institute Forum on Innovations in Early Childhood, two beautiful September days with Ascend Fellows and national early childhood experts hosted at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s new headquarters in Los Altos,…

Filming for Change: On the Road with Two-Generation Innovators


Mothers at Jeremiah Program in Minnesota  During the Great Depression, photographers created riveting images chronicling the desperation of the times. Pictures helped mold the nation’s collective memory and conscience. Seventy years later, the plight and potential of struggling families in our communities is often unseen and ignored, and photographers are once again jump-starting a national…

Pomp & Circumstance for Two-Generations


Follow @SarahHaight   You don’t often hear “Pomp & Circumstance” in early August, but the familiar commencement music was a very moving sound last week as I watched 14 single mothers graduate from a rigorous seven-week Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program in Sarasota, Florida – with their children, each holding a single red rose…