Associate Executive in Residence
Ashley serves as the Associate Executive in Residence at Innovation Works (IW). She works primarily with the Entrepreneurial Services team assisting with early stage technology companies. A part from assisting the EIR team with task including managing salesforce records and communicating with portfolio companies, she’s also involved with Cafe IW, curating weekly emails and several other upcoming initiatives.
When I’m not planning programs like the IW CEO Summit, you can find me in one of the conference rooms listening to new product decks and pitches from budding entrepreneurs. I have had the privilege of performing due diligence with a few of our portfolio companies. As well as working hand in hand with runway funds and milestones. When I’m not working with companies, I am working for them behind the scenes. I curate a weekly email full of new events, conferences and other pertinent information that some of our CEO’s may take advantage of. I also play matchmaker, connecting our startups to office space through our partnership with Alloy26.
Prior to joining IW, Ashley worked in the healthcare field at Cigna and later transitioned to a role at UPMC. Her primary responsibilities in these roles were to manage high volume caseloads in accordance with ERISA guidelines, analyze financial reports, and administer benefit policies for both short and long term disability.
Ashley is an active member of several professional organizations regularly participating in social events, fundraisers and volunteering with various organizations around the city. A native of Pittsburgh, Ashley is interested in making tech in Southwestern PA a more equitable space for women and minority entrepreneurs.
Ashley earned an MBA in International Business from Point Park University and a BA from Edinboro University of PA.