Age: 39

Occupation: Superintendent, Linn-Mar Community School District

What was your first job?
Working on the farm. Suffice it to say, I worked for free and I learned a lot about life.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Leave everything better than you found it.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
Moon Scholar, Sabine Scholar, Fulbright.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a long distance runner and have run enough miles to say I have circled the globe twice! This is something I wanted to accomplish by my 40th birthday.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
A life of significance is far more important than a life of success.

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life?
To maintain a life/work balance, I try to get feedback from those I love. They help keep me grounded and focused.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace?
Our generation has a tireless devotion to the ‘team’.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
I would support as many education-related causes as possible.

What is the biggest issue facing the Corridor?
The biggest challenge facing the Corridor is retaining our local talent.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?
I’ll keep all options open! Maybe another run around the globe along the way.

What book are you currently reading?
“Leadership on the Line” by Martin Linsky.

Who are your local mentors?
Lew Finch, retired Cedar Rapids Community School District superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District Superintendent Brad Buck, and College Community School District Superintendent John Speer.

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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.