Get to Know Ashley
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 21-year old self?
At 21 I was just graduating from college, so the advice I would give myself is: “The purpose of a goal is not to get the goal – it is who you become to achieve it.” I recently heard this quote from Tony Robbins and I wish I had heard it sooner.
Sometimes we focus too much on creating a list of things we want to achieve and we seldom look back once we accomplish those goals to acknowledge how much growth, discipline, and consistency we had to implement to get to where we are today. So my advice would be to celebrate the little wins and let them motivate you as you move forward on your journey.
What about your upbringing contributed to your success as an attorney?
I think being a first-generation college student and the first one in my family to become a lawyer has definitely contributed to my success as an attorney. Because no one in my family knew what I was experiencing, I was forced to figure out everything on my own. But this can be quite overwhelming so I decided to seek out mentors along the way. Anyone who expressed even the slightest interest in my personal or professional growth became my mentor, whether they realized it or not.
And as I learned how to succeed in college, as a young professional, and as a grad student, I made a conscious effort to give back and share my knowledge with those coming up after me. I now have a solid network of other college grads, professionals, and lawyers and I always look for ways to give back and pay it forward. This has contributed to my success as an attorney because it makes me more empathetic and understanding, which allows me to be an even better advocate. I also think my experience can be used as motivation for other first-generation students, people of color, and women entering the legal industry. Hard work, perseverance, and outreach can open many doors.
Excluding legal/academic accomplishments, what is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is adopting my two cats, Phil & Lil back in 2015. Pets are awesome and make us better people. And cats are especially great because they’re super self-sufficient, but also very loving and cuddly. Secretly, Phil (right) is my favorite, but Lil is cool too!.
If you could meet any celebrity or living political figure, who would it be and what would you say to them?
Ellen DeGeneres – I’d ask her about her favorite viral sensations that have been on The Ellen Show, where she learned her dance moves, and her role as the infamous Dory from Finding Nemo & Finding Dory.
What is your favorite quote and what makes it so meaningful to you?
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; its who is going to stop me.” This is meaningful to me because it reminds me to always be ambitious and go after everything I want out of life without holding back and doubting myself.
What is your social media “guilty pleasure” — who/what do you follow on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook that you find fascinating, and why?
My social media “guilty pleasure” is definitely Instagram. I am obsessed with memes and could read (and laugh) at them all day. I mostly follow meme accounts, or accounts that post pictures and videos of cats and dogs because they bring me joy and make me happy.
If you weren’t in your current job, what would be your dream job?
My dream job is to be a Philanthropist and run my own charity. I currently attend at least 1-2 galas a month for various organizations and always have the best time. I love event planning and it would be amazing to host lavish events in support of a great cause of my choosing. It would also be an excellent way to get my friends, colleagues, and mentors together on a regular basis and celebrate giving back.
List one show you “binge-watched” recently and what was it about the show that captivated your attention?
Black Mirror. I think each episode is a great commentary of the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. It’s definitely my favorite science fiction t.v. series.
Name one song you listened to “on repeat” in the past 12 months and provide some insights about why couldn’t you get enough of it?
Any song by Lauryn Hill – her music is timeless and I love it.