February 20, 2019

Contact: Lindsay Broyhill
Ascend at the Aspen Institute
Tel: 202.721.5596

Aspen Institute Convenes National Leaders and Parents to Exchange Ideas On The Future of Children and Families

As state and federal lawmakers prepare for the year ahead, there is momentum for strategies that move families toward opportunity

WASHINGTON, DC In their second annual forum, the Aspen Institute will bring together national leaders and parents to surface bold and practical ideas for investing in the full potential of children and families, two generations at a time.

WHAT:  The second Aspen Forum on Children and Families will be a convergence of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, parents, and philanthropists to discuss the present and future of the two generation approach to ending poverty, which focuses on children and their parents together. The ideas and conversations to come out of the room will aim to shed light on what’s worked so far, the challenges ahead, and how we can continue to change systems, develop policies, and update practices to move families toward opportunity.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26 from 12:30 – 5:15 pm EST and Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 8:15 am – 3:15 pm EST

WHERE: The Aspen Institute, 2300 N Street NW, Smith Conference Room, 8th Floor. Please note that in-person registration is closed.


WHO: See full agenda here.      

The Forum will feature 35 speakers. Highlights include:

  • Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute and Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
  • Kwame Anku, CEO and Chairman, Black Angel Tech Fund
  • Anthony Barr, Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings and Founder, Raise the Barr
  • Lynn Johnson, Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families
  • Aisha Nyandoro, PhD, CEO, Springboard to Opportunities
  • Carol Larson, JD, President & CEO, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Richard Besser, MD, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Mia Birdsong, Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project
  • Eldar Shafir, Class of 1987 Professor in Behavioral Science and Public Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and Co-Founder & Scientific Director, ideas42

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