The Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Washington, DC
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Watch each discussion at the links below:

1. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, The Aspen Institute
  • Lata Reddy, President, The Prudential Foundation

2. Inequality: Causes and Consequences

  • Darren Walker, President, The Ford Foundation
  • Heather Bouchey, Executive Director, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
  • Moderated by: Gwen Ifil, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, The PBS Newshour

3. Pre-Existing Condition: Inequality Illness and the Importance of Place

  • Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Comissioner 
  • Jackie Judd, Special Correspondent, The PBS Newshour

4. Right, Left, Forward: Cross-Partisan Solutions for Inequality 

  • Arthur Brooks, President, The American Enterprise Institute 
  • Eric Liu, Executive Director, Citizenship and American Identity Program, The Aspen Institute 

5. Second Chances: From Incarceration to Opportunity 

  • Rev. Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship
  • Max Kenner, Executive Director, The Bard Prison Initiative 
  • Moderated by: Anne Mosle, Executive Driector, Ascend Program, The Aspen Institute 

6. Progress and Prosperity: Can the New Frontiers of Employment Work for All Americans? 

  • Dorian Warren, Fellow, The Roosevelt Institute
  • Lindsay Elin, Director of Federal and Community Affairs, Uber
  • David Rolf, International Vice President, Service Employees International
  • Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer, Starbucks
  • Moderated By: Maureen Conway, Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute 

7. Equity and Opportunity: A Conversation with Cecilia Muñoz 

  • Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President & Director of the Domestic Policy Center, The White House
  • Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute 

8. Poetry as an Exercise in Radical Empathy 

  • Clint Smith, Educator & Slam Poet, Harvard University 
  • Damian Woetzel, Director, Aspen Institute Arts Program

9. Youth Speak Up: Voices from Southeast DC and Our Future 

  • Asia Boulware, High School Senior, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
  • Victor Settles, High School Senior, IDEA Public Charter School
  • Dakoda M. DaCosta, High School Senior, The SEED School of Washington
  • Moderated by: Rajiv Vinnakota, Executive Vice President, Youth & Engagement, The Aspen Institute 

10. Closing Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden  

  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
  • Introduction by: Bill Bynum, CEO, HOPE 

Part of the Institute's Advancing Opportunity Initiative, the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity is a one-day gathering dedicated to nonpartisan dialogue about the widening opportunity gap in the US. We will convene 200+ of our nation's most important policy makers, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and practitioners from all over the country for a day of ideas, problem solving, and values-based exchange. By highlighting the newest research, best practices, and emerging innovations in the fight against poverty, this Aspen Institute Summit will be a call to action in the run-up to the 2016 Election.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. If you wish to attend this event, please contact Carolyn Zelikow (202-736-3527 or, including your first and last name, email, and title. Priority will be given to individuals with a strong professional or academic connection to the subject. The registration page is here: You will need an access code in order to complete your registration.

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Public Program--
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Working Roundtables--Invitation and separate registration required.

Any media interested in covering the event should submit an application for a press pass here: You will be notified once your application has been reviewed.  

If you cannot attend the Summit in person, you can watch the livestream of the morning program at F
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Event Information
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Phone: 202.736.3527