In our part 3 of our "30 Over 30" series, 4meglam sat down with Ashley Chiampo. Most people only know Ashley as the Senior Director of Learning at Emeritus, a Sequoia India Capital-backed edtech company that offers Ivy League academic experiences to a global audience. Others look at her as the Brown-MIT-Wharton Ivy League rock star, but she is so much more than that ...
As a multi-hyphenate woman, Ashley is an entrepreneur-cum-career coach with two teenage boys and a marathon-runner Italian serial entrepreneur husband. She works hard to juggle work-life and personal interests. After living in India for 8 years, she moved her family to Singapore. Everywhere Ashley goes, she loves living like the locals; in fact, she is currently taking yoga classes at Singapore's wonderfully affordable community centers.
Photo of Ashley at one of her pro bono coaching session recently, where she wore 4meglam limited edition "Berry Mysterious", a dusty pink that subtly complements her blond hair, chiseled features and toned yoga arms.
1. When do you feel most empowered?
When I see a friend, student or colleague change their behavior, like become more assertive, or get a new role - and I somehow contributed to the process.
2. Can you share an example of how you juggle work-life and personal interests?
I work from home and have a team spread around the world. That makes for interesting hours and interfaces. The trick is to be able to quickly switch mindsets (not surroundings) between work and personal. It needs to be done at a conscious level - I can’t do it unconsciously yet.
3. Can you share an example of a random act of kindness that you received?Just yesterday I received a pot of honey from a former student. It was from her home town. So nice.
4. Inclusiveness to you is …
Taken from Professor Sandy Pentland at MIT, everyone in the room has equal air time. Much harder than you think...
5. If you were a lipstick color, which one would it be and what would you call it.
Rainbow journey – I wouldn’t be able to select just one color!
6. A piece of advice you'd give to your younger self
Don’t stand on the sidelines – be courageous
7. Share a secret never to be told except on Instagram J
8. What do you feel is your calling?
To support people in their learning journeys
9. What are 3 words you use to describe yourself?
Crazed working mother
Courageous adaptive leader
Optimistic exerciser and yoga practitioner
[Hey, Ashley, with those 3 Ivy League degrees... you'd think they had taught you how to count... Why are you sharing 4 not 3 words :P Oh wait, MIT is not an Ivy League, let me take it back :}]