Jessica Catto Dialogues

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.


Past speakers:

If available, link to video listed below speaker name. 


Shyla Raghav
Vice President of Climate Change, Conservation International


Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
Watch presentation


Gina McCarthy
Former EPA Administrator, Professor, Harvard University


Philipp Hildebrand
Vice Chairman, BlackRock
Watch presentation


Marcus Eriksen
Co-Founder & Research Director, 5 Gyres Institute


Michael Curtin
CEO, DC Central Kitchen


Jason Mark
Environmental Journalist
Editor, Sierra


Thomas Lovejoy
Professor, George Mason University
Watch presentation


Joel Salatin
Owner & Farmer, Polyface Farm
Watch presentation


Carl Safina
Ecologist, Conservationist, Author


Naomi Oreskes
Author & Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University


Rick Bass
Author & Wilderness Advocate


Craig McNamara
President & Owner, Sierra Orchards


M. Sanjayan
CEO, Conservation International
Former Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Watch presentation


Julia Kumari Drapkin
CEO & Founder, ISeeChange


Melinda Kramer
Founder & Co-Director, Women's Earth Alliance


Randy Udall
Former Director, CORE
Watch presentation


Amory Lovins
Cofounder & Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute


Tony Malkin
President & CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Empire State Building


Maggie Fox
Consultant & Former President and CEO, Climate Reality Project


Terry Tempest Williams
Author & Environmental Advocate


Florian Schulz
Photographer


Bill McKibben
Author, Educator, Environmentalist & Founder of 350.org
Watch presentation