Erika Ashley, BFA, MA, is an award-winning influencer and digital marketing strategist, PR maven, and talent manager for influencers. She's a TEDx speaker, consultant, published author, and writer.
Erika's first paid digital gig in 2005 was as a Myspace layout designer and website designer, back when Internet Explorer was still everyone's preferred browser and flying toaster cursors were all the rage.
Although she's been freelancing since the mid-2000s, Erika founded her business in 2015 while partially bedridden waiting for a left hip replacement, which forced her to quit her job as a PR and Advocacy Coordinator for a Toronto-based funding coalition. Prior to this, she worked in the journalism, arts not-for-profit, educational, and marketing spaces.
Erika's clients have included Grammy-winning bands, A-list celebrities, lifestyle entrepreneurs, and digital influencers. She's a contributor to Forbes, Thrive Global, MindBodyGreen, Influencive, Social Media Today, and Addicted2Success and been featured in major media including Forbes, BBC, Brit + Co., Martha Stewart Weddings, Nylon, Bustle, and Health.
Erika's passionate about ending the wage gap for women, focusing specifically on how trauma and socialization put women at a disadvantage before they ever write their first CV. When she's not working with clients, traveling the world as a speaker and consultant, or contributing to publications, she's probably trying a new liquid lipstick or watching RuPaul's Drag Race.
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-The Influencer Economy
-The wage gap + feminism
BBC - 'Lando is Pansexual': LGBT characters that are all talk
Fit Small Business - 25 Exceptional Customer Service Strategies, Tips, and Ideas
Metro UK – How Harry Potter Changed Our Lives (And Improved Our Mental Health)
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Metro UK – 8 women tell us why they don’t want children
Brit + Co – 9 Ways Being Selfish At Work Will Help You Succeed
Levo League – 9 Ways Being Selfish At Work Will Help You Succeed
Fabi Paolini – Top 10 Business + Mindset Coaches you need to follow in 2018
Marketing Muses – 5 Ways to Best Leverage Your Press Features
Levo League – Secrets to Being a Productive Freelancer, According to Actual Freelancers
Forbes – 11 Hurdles Currently Stifling Professionals (And How To Overcome Them)
NYLON – Why Don’t More Queer Movies Show Explicit Sex?
Martha Stewart Weddings – How to Avoid Using Gendered Wording at Your Wedding
Health – 3 Real Women on What It’s Really Like to Stand up to a Groper
Forbes – 15 Methods of Every Effective Public Speaker
Forbes – 13 Essential Tips For Coaches To Attract More Clients On Facebook
Forbes – Listen Or Advise? 14 Ways To Find The Right Balance As A Professional Coach
Bustle – 13 Tried & True Ways To Give Off More Positive Energy That People Can Actually Sense
InstantPrint – Successful Entrepreneurs With Disabilities: Their Stories
Lavendaire Lifestyle - Building an Online Freelance Business
Entrepreneur Before 25 – Turning Your Adversity Into Your Creative Advantage
Savvy Social Hour - How to Scale Your Business Beyond Six-Figures