Convenings

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: …

Parents’ Perspectives Launch 2019 Aspen Forum on Children and Families Read More »

BlogFebruary 26, 2019
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 …

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BlogFebruary 19, 2019
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 …

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BlogFebruary 4, 2019
Aspen Forum on Women and Girls October 2018 Roundtable
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 …

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

BlogDecember 21, 2018
Family Prosperity convening III
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 …

Bringing It All Together: Igniting Innovation for Family Prosperity Read More »

BlogDecember 20, 2018
Share Our Strength
Last week, Ascend Managing Director, Marjorie Sims, had the privilege of moderating an Aspen Institute roundtable conversation with Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. The conversation was part of a new initiative launched by Aspen Institute CEO, Dan Porterfield and co-led by Sims and Public Programs Vice President Jamie Miller focused on …

Supporting Social Impact in DC: A Conversation with Marjorie Sims and Billy Shore Read More »

BlogDecember 19, 2018