Ascend Together Live Webcast Series

#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.

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

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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.

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

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

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