Ashton has a passion for growing brands through the creative storytelling. Before joining Queensland-grown startup Gathar as their first CMO, Ashton worked both in-house and agency-side for global game changers (Flight Centre), industry disrupters (Youfoodz), and award-winning agencies (Red Havas), and has been known to side-gig as a travel writer and restaurant reviewer. More than anything, Ashton loves helping people find their ‘why’, making the work week feel less like a bunch of Mondays strung together.
Career & Background
What inspired you to do what you are doing now?
What was your journey and where are you headed in your career right now?
Your favourite food for thought
- The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi
- The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge
- The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
Podcasts / Thought Leaders
What drives and inspires you
What are your core values?
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
I’m constantly inspired by all of the amazing people in my life – it’s hard to choose just one! It’s a bit left of field, but I have always been a huge fan of Dita Von Teese. She reignited and redefined modern burlesque and became an incredible businesswoman with an empire of brands, products, and a global following. She’s the epitome of a strong woman who owns her sexuality. Plus, she’s nearly 50 and looks as incredible as ever!
You as a Mentor
Why have you decided to become a mentor?
Throughout my career, my favourite part of any role has always been people management. Even if I’m not someone’s direct line manager or team leader, I love helping people find their ‘why’, offering advice or introductions where I can, and watching people grow personally and professionally. I’m passionate about empowering people, to help them think about things differently, and understand themselves better. I’ve been in a leadership role in one way or another since I was 23 and I know leadership is a privilege, and a journey. Anyone can be a leader – you don’t need the job title to give you permission.
What are the top 5 skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?
- Looking for potential