Convenings

3 Surprises About How Parenting Affects Your Brain


According to Ascend fellow Dr. Sarah Watamura, and the research of some of her colleagues at Stress Early Experience & Development Research Center, it’s not just your life that is permanently changed by parenthood, but also your brain. We partnered with her on this easy-to-read report on it. Meanwhile, check out some of the surprises…

Parents’ Perspectives Launch 2019 Aspen Forum on Children and Families


The 2Gen movement is being enlivened by a range of cutting-edge approaches to ending poverty so families can thrive: human-centered design, collective impact processes, even neurological research. So what makes the biggest difference? Dr. Raquel Hatter, Managing Director of Human Services at the Kresge Foundation, and the moderator for our first panel, believes it’s simple:…

Discussion Guide: Host a Watch Party for the Aspen Forum on Children and Families


Ascend will be livestreaming the second Aspen Forum on Children and Familieson February 26-27, 2019. We invite you to tune in with your colleagues as we talk about how the 2Gen field has progressed and where we’re going with 2Gen leaders from around the country. Pull up your cozy chairs, bring some snacks, and join us for…

2019 Aspen Forum on Children and Families


As state and federal lawmakers prepare for the year ahead, there is tremendous momentum for bold ideas that move families toward opportunity. The second Aspen Forum on Children and Families, held next week on February 26-27, will bring together national leaders – policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists – to surface big ideas for investing in the full…

Aspen Forum on Women and Girls October 2018 Roundtable

The Women Wave: Fueling a Revolution of Respect and Dignity for All


Photo caption, from left to right: Ingrid Saunders Jones, National Chair, The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Cathy Trost, Executive Director and Senior Vice President, Freedom Forum Institute; Lorraine Hariton, President and CEO, Catalyst; Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute, and Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute In the fall of 2017, the courageous stand by…

Family Prosperity convening III

Bringing It All Together: Igniting Innovation for Family Prosperity


In February, Ascend launched the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring together some of the brightest minds and dynamic leaders across multiple sectors to identify new and different ways to ensure families in America find opportunity and thrive. Each member of Family Prosperity represents a thoughtfully-selected…