12-01-2016 · LINC
Internal Communications & Content Manager,
United Way of Greater Atlanta
LINC: How has United Way LINC helped you?
Ashton: LINC has given me access to a network of people who share similar values, outlooks, and passions. We all come from different professional and personal backgrounds, so it’s a really unique experience to unite around key goals—making the community a better place and having fun while doing it.
LINC: What do you think are your greatest personal accomplishments?
Ashton: One of my greatest personal accomplishments by far was earning my black belt in Tae Kwon Do! I practiced Tae Kwon Do for several years growing up, and I earned my black belt right before going into college. It worked wonders on my confidence, and to this day I attribute so much of who I am to those years.
LINC: What do you think are your greatest professional accomplishments?
Ashton: I am still very early in my career, but I am proud of my choice to dedicate my days to serving the community. There’s something really special about getting in the car every morning, knowing I am going to spend my day working alongside other dedicated people and accomplishing important goals. I’m also proud to have been promoted after a year of service at United Way! I started last month in my new role with marketing, and I’m excited to work within the organization to continue uplifting our work.
LINC: Why do you choose to give to United Way of Greater Atlanta?
Ashton: I give to United Way because I know I am getting the best bang for my buck. The people working on investing my dollars are so smart, and I feel confident that they’re going to the areas of greatest need. Plus, in my role, I get to see all the time how powerful these gifts are in people’s lives. It’s the best money I’ve ever spent.
LINC: What’s your biggest concern within the community?
Ashton: Knowing that so many innocent children all across Great Atlanta live in nearly constant instability is very troubling to me. I volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and the things happening to kids all around us are just deplorable. I think Atlanta is such a segmented city that sometimes it’s easy to ignore the problems if you aren’t looking for them, but when you start looking, “concerned” barely begins to describe it.
LINC: What would you tell someone who is considering joining LINC?
Ashton: LINC is a group full of aspiring superheroes. These are the people that want to spend their time, talent, and dollars making sure that everyone in our community has what they need to thrive. If you’re the kind of person that likes to give back, and may want to hit happy hour after, this group is for you!
LINC: What is your favorite LINC event or experience and why?
Ashton: I had an amazing time at LINC’s LAUNCH event, where we kicked off our Give 5 Change Lives campaign. I loved Give 5 Change Lives because it demonstrated that even the smallest gifts can come together to create big impact. It was a great morning filled with networking, awesome brunch, and some much needed mission moments.
LINC: What are your hobbies/interests?
Ashton: I love to read, travel, and talk politics—all preferably with a glass of wine!
LINC: Who in the world (past or living) do you most admire and why?
Ashton: I am enamored with Maya Angelou. She is one part activist, one part artist, and all parts powerful woman. I think she’s the best of the best.