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#WomenForward Kicks Off: Best Quotes and Questions


The Aspen Institute just kicked off its first-ever Forum on Women and Girls, and what a night. The first panel of the forum, The State of Play: Women’s Rights and Economic Justice, brought a lot of engaging conversation and heat to the room, between discussions about work and choice (or a lack thereof) to questions around…

Work It: 2Gen Strategies for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was created to provide state and local areas the flexibility to collaborate across systems and better address the employment and skills needs of employees, jobseekers, and employers. How can leaders use WIOA to create partnerships for two-generational success in states and…

My Past, My Present, My Future


Parent Voices Blog Series Ascend at the Aspen Institute is committed to raising the voices of families to inform two-generation approaches in practice, policy, research, and philanthropy. At the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange, 20 parents nominated by Ascend Network partners participated in the plenaries, break-out sessions, and activities, acting as both experts on topics like social…

An Ascender in Residence’s Reflections on Taking Pause and Re-Igniting One’s Vision


Dr. Wong is a program officer at the foundation where she leads their health program in advancing coverage and access to quality care for children and families and children’s healthy development. She is a 2012 Terrance Keenan Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy. As part of my three-month sabbatical from the David and Lucile Packard…

Moving from the Margins to Mainstream


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field             In the United States, the pediatric setting is the only universally accessed health system for families and a tremendous opportunity to incorporate two-generation strategies.96 percent of families take their children to the pediatrician, often multiple times a year for well check visits before the age of two. From employing literacy-based approaches to co-locating parent and…

The State of 2Gen: February 2016 eNews


                Ascend eNews | February 2016 Forward eNews • Share on Twitter What is the State of 2Gen? Marking five years into its work as the national 2Gen hub, Ascend gathered with leaders from across the country to assess the lessons learned in advancing two-generation practice and policy and the…