Announcing the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality & Opportunity

November 5, 2015

Contact: Douglas Farrar
Senior Manager, Communications
The Aspen Institute
202-736-3848 |


Announcing the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality & Opportunity
Event to convene more than 300 in our nation’s capital on November 19th 

Washington, DC November 5, 2015 The Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality & Opportunity is a one-day gathering in Washington, DC, dedicated to nonpartisan dialogue about the widening opportunity gap in the United States. More than 300 policy makers, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and practitioners will gather at the Newseum on November 19th for a program that explores the newest research, best practices, and emerging innovations in the fight against poverty.  The Summit will begin with a half-day public program, followed by an afternoon of policy roundtable discussions.

A draft agenda and speaker list can be accessed online:

“Income inequality and the widening opportunity gap are the defining issues of our time,” said Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. “The Aspen Institute is working every day, in partnership with leaders from around the country, to understand and advance bold solutions to the problems that threaten the American Dream.”

Leading the dialogue will be a host of experts, pioneering practitioners, and big thinkers including Cecelia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Arthur Brooks, President of The American Enterprise Institute, Educator and 2014 National Poetry Slam Champion Clint Smith, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen.  A panel of local youth will also join the program.

Media interested in attending the Summit should submit an application for a press pass here: You will be notified once your application has been reviewed.  

For those unable to attend in person, the program with be webcast live via the Aspen Institute’s website. Follow the conversation online via @AspenInstitute, and by using #AspenOpportunity. 

The Institute thanks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Prudential for their generous support of the Summit. 

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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