Age: 38

Occupation: CEO, Harold’s Chicken Iowa

What was your first job?
Working at KB Toys.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Create the things we wish existed.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
Bringing a 67-year-old franchise, Harold’s Chicken, to Iowa.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
My journey to success.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
How impactful you can be to somebody else’s life just by being yourself.

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life?
It’s has been a balancing act starting from day one, so I’ve had to incorporate my family into my business to find a balance that works.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace?
We are a generation of hard-working creators who love to dream big.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
I would give it to cancer and to feeding homeless veterans.

What is the biggest issue facing the Corridor?
A lack of resources.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?
The creation of a local summer job program for the youth that teaches accountability and ownership at a young age.

Who are your local mentors? Tom Lawrence, Henri Harper of the Iowa City Police Department, and Kevin Sanders of the University of Iowa FasTrac Cultural & Diversity Awareness Program.

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Ashley Levitt

Ashley Levitt joined the Corridor Business Journal in the fall of 2012 as an events intern. After graduating from The University of Iowa with a BBA from the Tippie College of Business and a BA from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she worked in marketing for a year before returning to the CBJ as marketing operations specialist. In the fall of 2015 Ms. Levitt was promoted to event marketing coordinator, responsible for the planning and execution of 15 corporate events each year. In 2016, CBJ events reached 2,750 different attendees representing 558 companies.