Convenings

Webinar: Accelerating Paid Leave for Families

Webinar: Accelerating Paid Leave for Families

On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Family Prosperity Innovation Community hosted a panel discussion about the recently proposed federal legislation on paid leave. This webinar presented how and why this proposed legislation matters and shared...

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Ascend Together Live Webcast Series

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...

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Postsecondary Completion: What Works for Parents

Postsecondary Completion: What Works for Parents

The Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative at Ascend at the Aspen Institute hosted a two-day convening to mark entering its second phase. More than 50 researchers, philanthropists, higher education administrators, policymakers, and student parents...

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New Toolkit Offers Tips on Designing a 2Gen Convening

New Toolkit Offers Tips on Designing a 2Gen Convening

Two-generation (2Gen) convenings have the potential to create change for whole systems and the lives of the families they serve. This planning guide is the first step. Having planned and supported more than 100 2Gen convenings, Ascend has cultivated a depth of...

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“We can solve poverty if we want to.”

“We can solve poverty if we want to.”

It was another great day of provocative conversation at ThinkXChange. Here are three of our favorite insights from the breakout group on cash transfers: "Poverty is the absence of cash flow. If you want to solve poverty, give people money. That’s it. We can solve...

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Real solutions for closing the very real racial wealth gap

Real solutions for closing the very real racial wealth gap

The racial wealth gap is well-documented and undisputedly real. The median white family has 41 times more wealth than the median African-American family and 22 times more wealth than the median Latino family. And things are getting worse, not better: The proportion of...

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Aspen ThinkXChange 2019 Round-up: Materials and Videos

Aspen ThinkXChange 2019 Round-up: Materials and Videos

With family voices at the center, Ascend brought together leaders from across key issues and sectors at the Aspen ThinkXChange 2019: Advancing Family Prosperity on October 15-18 in Aspen, Colorado, to share bold ideas, generate new strategies, and...

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