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    Rebecca Darr, 38
    Senior Fellow, Corporate Programs
    The Aspen Institute

    By day, Forty Under 40 Award
    winner Rebecca Darr, 38, of
    Brunswick, is a senior fellow at
    The Aspen Institute Business &
    Society Program, working for
    systems change in capital markets
    and business education. By night,
    she’s a “Jill of all trades†as cofounder
    and co-owner of Atayne, an
    apparel company that makes high performance
    outdoor and athletic
    gear from trash.

    Outside of work, Rebecca is
    immersed in global and local
    communities. She is a reading judge
    for the William James Foundation’s
    socially responsible business
    plan competition, is a contributor
    to Common Good Ventures’
    Springboard Friday sessions for
    nonprofits and is active with the
    Unitarian Universalist Church of
    Brunswick in its efforts to rebuild
    after a fire destroyed the church in

    This go-getter is inspired by a
    number of people, including her
    mother, her aunt and uncle, and her
    childhood friend, Cayce. “In 11th
    grade, Cayce encouraged me to apply
    to Rice University, and I am where I
    am today largely because of listening
    to that advice. Cayce continues to
    inspire me with her perseverance,
    optimism, introspection, and smarts
    (as a trained physicist, lawyer, and
    working mom).â€Â

    Jeremy Litchfield, co-founder of
    Atayne, says The Aspen Institute’s
    work on capital market “shorttermism,â€Â
    which Rebecca co-leads, is
    garnering considerable recognition,
    including by none other than
    former President Bill Clinton, who
    in his new book “Back to Workâ€Â
    recommended reading the 2009
    Aspen statement “overcoming shorttermism.â€Â

    Rebecca has achieved much in the
    first four decades of her life and,
    no doubt, will continue to make
    her mark in the years to come. She
    is fond of the Mark Twain quote:
    “Twenty years from now you will be
    more disappointed by the things that
    you didn’t do than by the ones you
    did do. So throw off the bowlines.
    Sail away from the safe harbor.
    Catch the trade winds in your sails.
    Explore. Dream. Discover.â€Â

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