#AscendTogether is a live webcast presented by Ascend at the Aspen Institute on Twitter and YouTube. The monthly webcasts are hosted by Ascend’s Founder and Executive Director, Anne Mosle. Each episode will feature conversations with various partners of Ascend as we delve into relevant stories and emerging policy solutions for creating more equitable pathways for children and families. You won’t want to miss out on these candid conversations, which will guide us through some of the most important factors for advancing Ascend’s mission.

Episode 1: Shifting the Power and Economics of Parenthood

Aired on Thursday, April 29th at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

In this episode of #AscendTogether, Anne Mosle was joined by Vinice Davis from Imaginable Futures and Waukecha Wilkinson, one of Ascend’s Parent Advisors. They discussed the needs and superpowers of parents who are pursuing their postsecondary education goals. Student parents represent 1 in 5 of the total undergraduate student population in the U.S. and are crucial in achieving economic security for families. Watch this episode to learn more about the experiences and challenges that these parents are faced with each day as they work to create a sustainable future for themselves and their families.

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A summary of resources discussed in this episode is available here.

Episode 2: Beyond Invisibility: Centering Asian American Families in Systems and Policy Change

Aired on Thursday, May 27th at 1:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT

In our second episode of #AscendTogether, Anne Mosle was joined by Meera Mani from The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Michael Niyompong from the Mental Health Center of Denver, and Rumeli Banik from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc. In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Anne and our special guests highlighted innovations and insights from AAPI leaders who are at the forefront of transforming systems and policy in community, health, and philanthropy. They also explored approaches for ensuring that the lived experiences of all children and families are represented in the broader agenda for advancing equity and economic mobility.

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A summary of resources discussed in this episode is available here.

Episode 3: Undeniable and Unmatched: The Power of Women’s Leadership

Aired on Wednesday, August 25th at 1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT

In our third episode of #AscendTogether, Anne Mosle was be joined by Gayle Goldin from the Rhode Island State Senate, Nikki Pitre from the Center for Native American Youth, and Lola Adedokun from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In recognition of the anniversary of women’s suffrage and equality day, our special guests Gayle Goldin, Nikki Pitre, and Lola Adedokun discussed the undeniable power of women’s leadership and opportunities ahead to center gender and racial equity to transform communities and systems that create inclusive pathways for generations to come to reach their full potential.

A summary of resources discussed in this episode is available here

Episode 4 – Future Builders: Leaders Meeting the Moment

Aired on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at 1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT

As a nation, we have realized that we can no longer tolerate the racial, gender, and social inequities that have shaped our country. Long before today’s unprecedented energy for change, there were leaders who were laying the foundation. Three of those leaders, Ascend Fellows Kwame Anku from the Black Star FundGeorgia Mjartan from South Carolina First Steps, and Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, were our special guests for this episode of AscendTogether. In conversation with Anne Mosle from Ascend at the Aspen Institute, they share the risks they took, their strategies for pushing change, and their vision for putting equity at the center of investment finance, philanthropy, and state systems for children and families.

A summary of resources discussed in this episode is available here.


Episodes air monthly via  Ascend’s Twitter and Aspen Institute’s YouTube!

To follow the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #AscendTogether.