New York Times and International Bestselling Author of THREE LITTLE WORDS and THREE MORE WORDS. Ashley has also written for and represented a variety of prestigious magazines, blogs, and organizations.


After spending nearly a decade of her life being bounced around and abused in foster care, Ashley went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work and become a foster and adoptive parent herself.


Ashley travels the country and globe addressing businesses, schools, colleges, and groups that work with children, women, and families. Her powerful story of resilience, philanthropy, and overcoming hardships resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


After fostering more than 20 children, Ashley has a unique perspective on parenting, life, and the power of love. She currently has one son adopted from foster care, and two biological sons. Even their pet husky is male. She is clearly outnumbered.


Because she kept seeing huge service gaps and unmet needs in her community, Ashley founded The Foundation for Sustainable Families, a non-profit dedicated to serving children, women, teens, and families.


Ashley has helped raise millions of dollars for child-welfare-related causes. Her riveting, informative, and inspirational story has recruited countless families and volunteers, and she has been able to reengaged workers, professionals, and communities with her optimism, passion, and perseverance.



Motivating Change in Three Little Words

(Based on her award-winning International and New York Times Bestselling memoir, Three Little Words)

  • Decode several key elements of resilience like: Accountability, optimism and openness, identifying constructive influences, and accepting and giving help
  • Becoming a successful life strategist and overcoming fears or “failures”
  • Impact positive thinking and introspection by turning set-backs into successes
  • Give hope, inspiration, and motivation through a personal story of perseverance and determination  
  • Encourage community engagement
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Reframing Your Life and Leadership: What’s Good About Bad Experiences

“Instead of letting my past experiences cripple me, I was able to put a positive spin on my experiences.”


  • Inspire compassion, motivation, self-confidence, and inner strength by exploring how our mistakes provide opportunity for personal growth
  • How to maintain a healthy attitude and workplace by seeing the positive side of a negative situation
  • Provide tips for self-care and burnout prevention
  • Move employees to be more productive at work, home, and in their communities
  • How to become the kind of leader others want to follow
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Four Letter Words & Three More Words: Finding Professional and Personal Balance

In this funny, riveting and inspirational keynote speech, Ashley encourages audiences to organize, prioritize, and sometimes, just enjoy.

  • Maintaining focus in personal and professional environments filled with multiple, competing distractions
  • Creating a plan that bring focus, purpose, and passion to the things that matter most
  • Learn the power of saying “no”
  • How to rid yourself of toxic relationships
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Power of One Person and Making a Difference:  How One Person Can Change the Life of Another

It only takes one person to change the life of another and Ashley’s story serves as a passionate example of triumph and inspiration.


  • How to reengage or recruit employees, workers, or volunteers
  • Top 10 tips on engaging the local community
  • How to successfully raise funds for a non-profit organization or cause
  • Turn personal pain or tragedies into a powerful voice for others
  • How to help another while maintaining self-care and avoiding debilitating transference
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The Keys to the Kingdom: School as Sanctuary

Ashley talks about the importance of recognizing strengths, engaging students and youth, and reminds us that school may be the only sanctuary some children have.

  • Tips for teaching through tough times or connecting with troubled or difficult students
  • Explore why some students act the way they do: the impact of coming from a broken home
  • How to engage beyond the textbooks
  • Provide potential assessment tools

Also, keynote options for Youth and Students. 


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