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Meet Ashley Emery of She is Here in DTLA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Emery.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a Purpose Coach and founder of She is Here. I am originally from Long Beach, Ca. My upbringing has a lot to do with the woman I have become and the passion that fuels me to create environments for healing, authenticity, and growth. I am first generation in the United States. My mother was born in Mexico City and my father is African American from Cincinnati, Ohio. I was raised by young parents who instilled very traditional values about family, community, social justice, and love in us. On my mother’s side, my grandmother was lead a matriarchal family. Watching her leadership and ability to bring everyone together every week inspired me to be a community organizer.

My community organizer began at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I studied Feminist Studies with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Social Change. I began working with local organizations working with young women, leading a program called Girls Moving Forward. Through this organization, I was able to work with hundreds of women across the bay area from all different backgrounds (migrant workers, survivors of domestic violence, teenage moms, survivors of sex trafficking, etc.). After college, I continued working with women offering small business consulting and continued my work and starting hosting women’s empowerment workshops across California. This led me to starting She is Here and starting my career as a Purpose Coach.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been far from smooth, more like a rollercoaster ride. My own personal journey into adulthood was a rough transition. I have always been a visionary and very resilient, which has kept me motivated through this rollercoaster ride. Things started to smooth out for me when I started to live a more balanced life. I started using mental health services such as therapy to help me work through some of my childhood trauma and sexual assault that occurred through college. Removing the mask of “I’m fine” and being open to vulnerability and transparency. This transition into taking care of my personal well being has allowed me to now have a smoother process an entrepreneur. She is Here is founded in April of this year. I am the very early stages of developing the brand and the main obstacles has been navigating social media and growing a following. But we are having a consistent growth of 50-100 new followers per month and we are currently working on strategic partnerships to bring in a steady flow of revenue.

She is Here – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
She is Here an organization whose main mission is to connect, heal, and empower women through sisterhood. We create atmospheres where women can be their authentic selves, try new experiences, and evolve with one another. In addition, another element of She is Here is its community outreach and service to the greater community. We believe it is so important to pay it forward. A part of our event proceeds goes to our She is Bossy fund, which is a fund dedicated to supporting women in business. This year we plan to select one recipient in the winter. Furthermore, we also participate in community service projects such as street clean ups, fundraisers, etc. We are just at the close of a fundraiser project called Estamos Aqui in collaboration with Lets. Give, where we raised funds over six thousand dollars for the families recently affected by the mass deportations in Mississippi. I recently had the pleasure of hand-delivering groceries, cash cards, hygiene products, and more to families in Mississippi.

I believe what sets She is Here apart is the intimacy of the events. We pride ourselves in hosting intimate and exclusives experiences where women can feel, seen, heard, and true connection occurs. It isn’t about the “instagrammable” women’s empowerment experiment, we are truly focused on the holistic well being of each woman who connects with us. She is Here is about six months old and has already been at the root of so many amazing connections either for networking purposes, collaborations and friendships. We are happy to see that the women that we have brought together created organic relationships after attending out events.

As a Purpose Coach, I guide individuals with tools that they can implement into living a purpose-driven life. Some of the areas I focus on are time management, organization, business consulting, self-care, and empowerment. I believe that your Purpose is connected to why you wake up every morning and I help guide my clients into realizing what their purpose is and help them create a plan to live to their fullest.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success through the lens of Balance. When I first came to understand success, it was defiantly through a quantitative scope. Things that I could measure such as followers, likes, money, opportunities, people, status, etc. Through a personal shift and reevaluation of my values, I realized that achieving a place of Balance in all sectors of my life is the point of success I am striving for. That place of balance looks like boundary setting, prioritization of time, asserting myself, peace, joy, trust, and overall great holistic health.

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