Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin Within two months of each other, we shared big news taking place in our families — we both had become ﬁrst-time grandparents. We discussed with enthusiasm the birth of our granddaughters and the excitement of watching our own children become ﬁrst-time parents. Watching the next generations take the helm of the future — and to be a part of it — is indescribably humbling. Whether it’s in our personal or our professional lives, there is a desire to safeguard the learnings gained by those before us, and by us, and to share them with the next generation. When we each look at our grandchild, we think of what memories, experiences, and values we want to pass on. This opportunity is not only important for the future of our families, but for us as well. When we share with others, we learn so much about ourselves, what matters to us, and what we still have to learn. Dermatologists have the same commitment to the next generation of the specialty. In this issue, we learn from members — who have been practicing dermatology from a few years to many decades — on why mentoring others is so meaningful to them. Some have formed formal mentorship relationships, while others, through their involvement in the specialty, have positively impacted other members. With all the changes taking place in health care, the constant is the comradery and commitment that members have with each other and the Academy as they face the future. This month’s Aspire highlights the successes of the recent AAD Industry Summit, the beneﬁts and generosity of cultivating mentorships, members’ stories of getting involved in the community and with the Academy, and recognition for the donors who support the AAD and its mission. As William James, MD, comments in the feature article, fostering involvement with the Academy is a way to both give back to the specialty and help the people he mentors to succeed. “As individual dermatologists succeed, the specialty gets stronger as a whole.” As grandparents, we not only root for our children and grandkids to have fulﬁlling lives, we also work hard to serve as role models and mentors to the next generation — not unlike what our members do for those who carry the torch forward for the specialty. David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD Chair, Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations Nancy Ali Senior Director, Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations SUPPORT AAD The Academy has set an ambitious fundraising goal for 2017, aimed at supporting the AAD’s overall mission, and advancing dermatology’s efforts to spread Healthy Skin. Healthy Lives. ® The Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations is working to raise $6.24 million by the end of the year. We will be sharing our progress with you throughout the year, so look for this graphic in upcoming issues of Aspire .