Age: 29

Occupation: Community Engagement Coordinator, City of North Liberty

What’s the best advice you ever received?
How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. Choose wisely.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
Being named in the 2017 Forty Under 40 class is certainly at the top of my professional achievements. I was also honored to be included in the Iowa Women’s Foundation 2017 Ovation Book.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
Most people would be surprised to learn that I can ride the unicycle and that I’m currently refurbishing a classic car (Power Wheels Barbie Jeep).

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life?
I am fortunate to have found a career that allows me to both balance and blend my personal and professional life. I work for the city that I am a resident of, so I have a vested interest in helping my neighbors and family. I also coordinate festivals for our town, which my friends and family can attend with me or volunteer at. By helping to shape the community I live in, it rarely feels like work.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace?
Like many millennials, I thrive on creativity and collaborative projects in the workplace. My generation values employers who place importance in making the world a better place … that encourage and allow time for volunteerism.

What book are you currently reading?
“Wild and Free,” by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan.

Who are your local mentors?
My local mentors include Josh Schamberger, president of the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB; Nick Bergus, communications director for the city of North Liberty; and Allison Boenish of the University of Iowa Foundation.

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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.