Some people have a defining characteristic that others use to describe them. As a kid growing up in the suburbs of North Jersey, I could be defined by one word: timid. All throughout school I was picked on constantly for my stutter and shy, compliant nature. But by the time I got to high school, I decided enough was enough. I forced myself to take public speaking and auditioned for the school play, just to get out of my comfort zone. I ended up getting the lead and from then on, I began to find my voice.
After college, I held many jobs mostly in the entertainment industry, eventually making my way out to New York City and nabbing the enviable position as an assistant to a well-known actress. This was the type of experience where only on the other side did I see how much it taught me about boundaries and limitations and my value. I was treated inexcusably, yet said yes to any request because I did not know my worth. I found myself exhausted in every way and completing many different tasks at a sub-par level just to get them done. A meltdown from my boss resulted in the letting go of every member of her staff, so I headed back to New Jersey feeling like I had failed in an industry that I had a passion for. I had absolutely no direction, sense of worth, or voice.
I took a job as a waitress in a restaurant in New Jersey, and my life changed. Two businessmen I served saw something in the way I sold them a burger, something in me. They asked for my resume and within weeks I was offered a sales position at their company. I provided guidance and structure and through that initial experience and subsequent job, I found my voice. I slowly realized how my genuine, enthusiastic personality and the way I naturally communicate with people were invaluable tools I possessed that could be harnessed to help others find their voice.
After moving to Philadelphia, I had obtained several wonderful positions that went from customer service, to account management to business development, that unfortunately had unavoidable mergers, acquisitions, budget cuts, layoffs etc. I found that my role was constantly changing, not due to performance but the inevitable nature of business. I realized that having my future depicted by others was no longer an option.
With the support from my network and the strategic partners I trusted, I set out to be the leader in my story rather then the follower. I start my own business as a personal networking concierge. While interacting with clients, I have the ability to adapt and manage different personalities, environments and ever changing situations at the drop of a hat. It’s my job to be your advocate in business and remind you why you started. I am fascinated by people’s stories, their journey and what gives them their voice.
I know what it’s like to not have a voice, so it my mission to help you find yours.
With the support from my network and the strategic partners I trusted, I set out to start my own business as a personal networking concierge. While interacting with clients, I have the ability to adapt to different personalities, environments and ever changing situations. I am fascinated by people’s stories, their journey and what gives them their voice.
I know what it’s like to not have a voice, so it is my mission to help you find yours.
Ashley Assists, LLC
I network so you don't have to