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Coronavirus SHEroes: Building a Better Future for Families


In a time of crisis, leaders emerge. The Harvard Business School underscored this point with an article by Professor Bill George on 10 outstanding leaders who have stepped up during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s especially important as we honor women leaders who have broken barriers during Women’s History Month that we also recognize women…

Op-ed: Uncertainty is the Enemy of Prosperity


This op-ed, by Ascend’s Executive Director Anne Mosle, was published in The Hill on March 24, 2020. There’s a truth we’re all experiencing now: Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity. Not knowing if and when we can get food for our families. Not knowing if or when we’ll go back to work. Not knowing when…

Shifting Mindsets: The Promise of a Two-Generation Approach


Anne Mosle, vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, delivered a keynote address to the City Club of Cleveland in Ohio about the two-generation approach on Thursday, February 27. Following her lecture, she also participated in a question and answer session with present and online guests who viewed the conversation via livestream. The City Club is a non-partisan free speech forum that has convened world…

New Brief: Aspen Early Childhood and Health Forum


Dealing with hurdles to access quality healthcare takes parents away from work and school and limits their ability to increase their own financial resources. Difficulty tracking the needs and outcomes of families makes it even harder to forge a clear path toward economic mobility. To address these barriers, Ascend at the Aspen Institute gathered state leaders, practitioners, researchers,…

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A Leadership Letter from Ascend on COVID-19


Dear Ascend Community: I wanted to reach out personally to express our rock-solid support of and appreciation for each of you as leaders and partners, especially those of you who are acting as first responders in your communities. Each member of the Ascend at the Aspen Institute team is keenly aware of the trusted and vital role…

Announcing: Aspen Institute Fatherhood Learning and Action Community


Thursday, March 5, 2020Contact: James WhiteAscend at the Aspen InstituteTel: 202.721.2326james.white@aspeninstitute.org Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Kresge Foundation Partner to Surface Innovations to More Effectively Engage Fathers for Family Prosperity Leaders will collaborate to develop a set of policy recommendations and best practices to strengthen the engagement of fathers for family economic mobility…