Age: 35

Occupation: Communications Manager, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

What was your first job?
A corn pollinator for Novartis Seeds.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
A few of my greatest professional achievements have been working with Good Morning America to name the Shedd Aquarium’s newest baby beluga, securing high-level international travel journalists to write positive, compelling pieces about Chicago, participating in the Leadership for Five Seasons program through the Economic Alliance, and seeing my colleagues and team members feel successful as they grow in their professional roles. And receiving the 40 Under 40 Award has been nice too!

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a college basketball fanatic. I believe March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year, not Christmas.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
I wish I had learned the skill of adaptability sooner in my career. The majority of my career has been in media relations and communications, which tend to be demanding and fast-paced worked. The ability to greet challenges and change with a positive attitude and consider the opportunity versus thinking about the resources, time and effort is something I continue to work on, but have made huge strides with the help and positive outlook of my fellow managers at the Economic Alliance.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
If I have $1 million to give, I would choose to support Tanager Place, specifically their expressive arts program. I would also give back to our local Catholic school system, Xavier High School, as it provided me with the critical springboard to my education, leadership skills and professional success.

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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.