Abby at the Aspen Ideas Festival

aspen-ideas-festivalOn July 4th, Abby participated in the Aspen Ideas Festival as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar –  “action-oriented leaders from all over the United States and around the world, selected for their work and accomplishments – and for their ability to transform ideas into action.”

Abby spoke on a panel moderated by Peter Reiling (Executive VP at the Aspen Institute) with other leading social entrepreneurs including John Wood (Founder and CEO of Room to Read) and Cameron Sinclair (Founder of Architecture for Humanity). Each participant was asked questions on leadership, non-profit management vs. social entrepreneurship, and the inspiration behind their work. Best question: What’s your 60 second elevator pitch to Bill Gates? President Obama?

Overall, the conference provided a great opportunity to share the GCY vision with leaders from around the country and continue to gain traction across sectors as we prepare to launch our inaugural class of Fellows in September.