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Official biography

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.

For media inquiries please contact: monica@45fairmount.com

Erika is available for commentary on:

-The Influencer Economy

-Digital marketing

-Public Relations

-LGBTQ+ issues

-The wage gap + feminism


Erika's Recent Writing


My Forbes Articles

Thrive Global

Selected Features and Mentions

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)

Dope Cause We Said – Interview: Stock Photographer Shamia Casiano Discusses How She Got Started, #MagicalBlackGirlStock, and More

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

Podcast Appearances

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