First things first: tell us a little about your background.
Texas born and raised but I found my passion during my year in Moscow, three years in Memphis and the last seven years in D.C. Working for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for the last three years has truly endeared me to the Midwest. Most of my previous colleagues had forgotten that I’m from Texas or that I lived abroad. I feel very much at home with the kindness, modesty and directness that I find in Indiana and across the Midwest. I’m motivated to make the world a better place. I believe that happens in big ways, like my previous work in ensuring congressional leaders knew the value of our international engagement, as well as in small ways, like treating everyone you meet with kindness and respect. I’m most happy when I’m learning, whether it’s getting to know a new contact, navigating a new city or perfecting my dad’s BBQ sauce recipe.
What drew you to your role at The International Center and what are you most looking forward to accomplishing in your new position?
I was drawn to The International Center because of the mission of the organization. I’m looking forward to deepening relationships with leaders across Indiana and to help tell all of the amazing stories coming out of The International Center’s work.
If you have traveled or lived abroad, which location was the most impactful on your life? Why?
My most impactful time abroad was the year I spent in Moscow as an undergraduate student. It really took me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to form relationships with other students from all over the world. One of my favorite memories was traveling by train with a Russian friend to her home for Orthodox Easter holiday. I partook in all of the customs and celebrations and felt so welcomed by her family – despite barely understanding the language around me!
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I lived without a car in Washington, DC for more than 7 years and I loved it! I took up bicycling (and convinced
my now-husband to join me), and now we are both bicycle commuters and enjoy long rides on the weekends. Though I now have a car again, I’m looking forward to commuting to work on the Monon Trail when the weather improves.
Speed round (answer with only one word):
- Favorite food: Potatoes
- Favorite country you’ve visited or lived: Impossible!
- Language you’d love to learn: Spanish
- Favorite IC brand color (orange, blue, green, yellow): Blue
- Social media handle: @ashley_b_eason
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