Lexie Potamkin has written 5 spiritually focused books, an ordained minister, and having met the Dalai Lama 4 times. Her own religion; Laughing, “I consider myself an ‘inclusiastic’” her made-up word for someone who embraces all faiths, all races, and all ages.
Penchant for inclusion extends to the wide range of causes that Lexie and her husband, Robert, champion. Contributing generously to cultural, educational, community, spiritual, and medical programs in the Roaring Fork Valley and supporting more than 20 local nonprofits in all. Nationally, they are also members of the United Way’s Million Dollar Roundtable.
Dedication to humanitarian causes and creating better lives through charitable giving goes back 30 yrs. Robert, co-chairman of Potamkin Automotive, co-founded a prize for research into Alzheimer’s and related neurological diseases. Since then, the Potamkin Prize has spurred significant advancement in the field; 1 recipient even went on to win a Nobel Prize. 1999 Robert established a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for minority students of exceptional promise.
2004 Together, W/ dedicated to education, they founded the Fisher Island Day School in Florida. They have supported the Aspen Education Foundation, Aspen Country Day School, Buddy Program, and helped bring Goldie Hawn’s MindUp curriculum to local schools. Also, Lexie developed a national website for teens, parents, and teachers that depicts the effects of smoking pot on still-developing brains.
Lexie has served as a trustee and board member of the Aspen Chapel and co-founded the all-embracing Aspen Center for Living Peace. She has been instrumental in bringing Buddhist monks from southern India’s Drepung Loseling Monastery here each summer for community outreach, and the couple has hosted monks at home for the past 25 yrs.