Jessica Catto Dialogues
Founded in memory of Jessica Hobby Catto, ACES' Jessica Catto Dialogues (JCD) lecture series brings environmental luminaries to Aspen to inspire positive change.
Each year, over 1,000 Aspen residents and visitors come together to engage in an open dialogue about our most pressing environmental concerns. With past presenters including Carl Safina, Joel Salatin, Bill McKibben, Terry Tempest Williams and others, this series highlights the work of leaders in environmental and climate science, regenerative agriculture, economics, and ecosystem health, specifically focusing on those who are involved in promoting civic action and social justice.
The series is funded by the Catto Charitable Foundation in Jessica's memory and is curated in partnership with Jessica's daughter and son-in-law, Isa and Daniel Shaw. Jessica was a staunch environmental and social rights advocate, courageous in her resolve to be an effective voice for change. She served on the Boards of Conservation International, the National Parks Conservation Association, World Resources Institute, the Conservation Fund, the Environmental Defense Fund, and ACES. As a longstanding member at The Aspen Institute, she also established the Catto Fellowship for a Sustainable Future.
If available, link to video listed below speaker name.
Vice President of Climate Change, Conservation International
Former EPA Administrator, Professor, Harvard University
Co-Founder & Research Director, 5 Gyres Institute
CEO, DC Central Kitchen
Ecologist, Conservationist, Author
Author & Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
Author & Wilderness Advocate
President & Owner, Sierra Orchards
Julia Kumari Drapkin
CEO & Founder, ISeeChange
Founder & Co-Director, Women's Earth Alliance
Former Director, CORE
Cofounder & Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute
President & CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Empire State Building
Consultant & Former President and CEO, Climate Reality Project
Terry Tempest Williams
Author & Environmental Advocate