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Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

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Marguerite Kondracke

America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006

Making children and youth a national priority

Marguerite (Sallee) Kondracke has devoted her career in both the public and private sectors to improving the well-being of young people. After she developed the Healthy Child Initiative as a cabinet member in the administration of then Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, infant mortality fell to its lowest point in the state’s history. As a single working mother, she co-founded a pioneering company in the field of employer-sponsored child care. This company, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, is now a public company working in partnership with more than 500 of the nation’s leading employers to offer high-quality, on-site child care that helps employees balance work and family. In 2004, Kondracke became the CEO of America’s Promise, a nonprofit that has become the nation’s largest cross-sector alliance working for the well-being of young people. America’s Promise is a collaborative network involves 400 national partners – including corporations, nonprofits and foundations – as well policymakers, communities and individuals. Together, members of this network leverage their efforts to ensure that all young people in America will receive five essential resources they need to succeed: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. Under Kondracke’s leadership, the America’s Promise has established an ambitious five-year goal: to change the lives of 15 million underserved young people through the power of these Five Promises.