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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

It all started when she was a little girl and her father, Stuart Grow, a political science professor at BYU, brought his international students home to dinner. This gave Carolyn Grow Dailey a strong sense of global awareness and taught her to follow her father's motto of "Enter to learn, go forth to serve."

It's not surprising that years later, Carolyn was able to take her passion for global involvement and use it to help others. Carolyn is the co-founder of Ascend, a humanitarian alliance dedicated to helping people all over the world. They're focused on three main areas: education, enterprise and health.

Carolyn says the goal for Ascend Alliance is to leave a legacy to provide national and international opportunities for years to come. They have a phenomenal internship program and train anywhere from 50 to 100 students a year who learn how to give back locally and globally, including the capstone opportunity of going on humanitarian expeditions all over the world. These interns learn exactly what it means to lift others as you lift yourself — the mission for Ascend.

Ascend has had tremendous impact, like the Park City 5. This is a group of five families from Park City who all lost children in separate accidents over the course of one school year. They wanted a way to give meaning to their children's memory, so they turned their grief into action by sponsoring and helping build five schools, with a plaque in memory of each child, including three so far in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. This was a true healing situation because it furthered the cause for the Alliance and gave the parents and other students a positive outlet.

In another situation, Ascend Alliance is working with the Ashby Foundation to help women in Cape Verde, Africa, mostly single moms living in poverty, to set up their own businesses. Now these women take care of their families and those who work with them.

With great organizations like Ascend Alliance, it's no wonder Utah ranks No. 1 in the nation for volunteerism!

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Ascend Alliance 3165 E. Millrock Dr., Ste. 175 Holladay, UT 84121 1-801-601-0059

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