"Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear." 

~ George Addair

Hi, I'm Dr. Ashley! You're probably thinking—What's a social worker doing coaching executives?!?!? Social work is so much more than what most people think, know, and understand. In addition to my professional social work credentials (MSW, DSW, LCSW), I'm a Certified Evidence-Based Coach, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, and International Coaching Federation (ICF) professional coach member. I coach executives to help develop better leaders in organizations. I specialize in supporting women and minorities in dealing with leadership challenges and obstacles. Because leadership is what drives organizational culture, better organizational cultures like those that promote the business case for diversity, inclusion, gender balance, gender equity, social good, and employee well-being means better workplaces for employees. I support the Grand Challenge for Social Work to Advance Long and Productive Lives, and helping leaders improve workplaces facilitates that aim. Visit my professional site to learn more about me. 


“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing."

— International Federation of Social Workers, July 2014

My Top 5 Gallup CliftonStrengths

People exceptionally talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the seious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate obstacles. 

People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. 

People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb. 

People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive. 

People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information. 

My Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): INFJ

who needs coaching?

Coaching is a process that can be powerful and transformative. Its value is in creating improvement. Having a coach is a typical component among high-performing individuals. You might be good at something already and with coaching you could achieve a higher level than on your own. Consider this—What would a talented athlete be without a coach? Coaching takes you from ordinary to extraordinary, from good to exceptional. Although coaching can certainly be beneficial, does everyone actually need a coach, according to Bill Gates? I think the answer is simple. You need a coach if you want to be dedicated to what you do while taking care of yourself in a way that makes it possible for you to show up and be your best every day. In other words, be the best at what you do but not at the expense of your health and well-being. Yes, coaching can help you manage that. Visit WorkLifeHealth.design to learn more. 

"Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player." 

~ Bill Gates

View his TED talk.

A Few favorite quotes

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.

Malala Yousafzai

Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.

Uta Hagen

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Pearl S. Buck

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Leo Buscaglia

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