past event
Civic Action

Aspen Challenge: Dallas Competition

Eight weeks ago, TheDream.US’ Gaby Pacheco, 100 Resilient Cities’ Smita Rawoot & Eric Wilson, Paul Quinn College president Michael Sorrell, IDEO’s Ann Kim, and Global Nomads Group executive director Chris Plutte issued challenges to 20 teams of Dallas Independent School District high school students at the Aspen Challenge Dallas: Opening Forum. On Tuesday, March 27, teams will present their solutions before a panel of judges and their peers for a chance present on the Aspen Ideas Festival stage this summer.


  • Kelem Butts, director of charitable operations, AT&T
  • Jonathan Feinstein, director of community engagement, Commit Partnerships
  • Scott Sedberry, strategic alliance director, Texas Instruments
  • Corneil Montgomery, senior analyst, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Bemnet Meshesha, manager of community relations & strategic development, State Fair of Texas
  • Stephanie Hirsh, executive director, Learning Forward
  • Lanet Greenhaw, vice president, education & workforce, Dallas Regional Chamber


  • Greg Corbin, Jr., founder, Philly Youth Poetry Movement; program director, Social Justice Leadership Institute for the American Friends Service Committee
  • Michael Hinajosa, Dallas school superintendent
  • Byron Sanders, president & CEO, Big Thought
  • Ebony Smith, founder, Yoga N Da Hood
  • Michelle Bowman, associate director of communities, Learning Forward
Event information
Tue Mar 27, 2018
Dallas Union Station
400 S Houston St
Dallas, Texas