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Carrie Morgridge book talk

Q&A with Philanthropist and Author Carrie Morgridge


This summer, author Carrie Morgridge, Vice President and Chief Disruptor of the Morgridge Family Foundation, released her newest book, The Spirit of the Trail: A Journey to Fulfillment Along the Continental Divide, chronicling the 46-day, 2,774 mile-long bike trip of a lifetime that she and her husband, John, completed in the summer of 2016. It…

2018-2019 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows


Kwame Anku CEO and Chairman Black Star Fund Sacramento, CA The Black Star Fund is an early stage innovation fund investing in the United States and Africa. Prior to the Black Star Fund, Kwame Anku was the Principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund, a pioneering investment fund he co-founded that focused on capitalizing Black technology…

Accelerating 2Gen Approaches at Educare: A Brief from Ascend at the Aspen Institute


Download: Accelerating 2Gen Approaches at Educare: A Brief from Ascend at the Aspen Institute To identify new opportunities to expand 2Gen, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund launched its Acceleration grants, an experiment designed to inspire innovation and promote connection across the Educare Learning Network. In 2015, the rst Acceleration grant was awarded to Sheltering Arms…

Ascend Launches Innovation Community for Families


The unemployment rate is lower than it has been for many years and working parents are and have been key contributors to our nation’s economic growth. With that, we must fully recognize that America’s workforce has changed dramatically over several decades – almost half of all children are being raised in households in which all…

Sustaining 2Gen Success During Transitions


Good leaders know when a transition is coming and work to provide a clear roadmap for the future. Transitions at the state level are felt even more acutely these days with staff turnover, retiring leadership, and 2018 gubernatorial elections on the horizon in 36 states. As state leaders think about what comes next, maintaining the…

2015-16 Ascend Fellows


John Annis Barancik Foundation Sarasota, FL Mr. John Annis is, as of January 1, 2018, the senior vice president of collaboration and impact at the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Barancik Foundation, a private foundation serving Sarasota, has awarded $27 million in grants since its 2014 inception. Formerly, he was senior vice president of community…