WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Ashley N. Mobley

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BY C.S. HOWARD

Ashley N. Mobley knew from a young age that she would thrive as a business professional. She had the drive, determination and business acumen and methodically began preparing herself for the day when her dreams would be realized .

Ashley graduated from Booker High School in 2001 where she was in the National Honor Society. She participated in the Sarasota Family YMCA Black Achievers Program and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Precious Pearls

Mentoring Program. She was also President of the Young People’s Department at Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church.

After high school, Ashley attended Florida State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Multinational Business in 2005. After graduation, she returned to Sarasota and worked at Zenith Insurance Company for a year.

In the fall of 2006, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to begin the Masters Program at Howard University, where she earned a Masters of Business

Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing. Her college activities included the National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars, Minority Business Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Black MBA Association.

After graduating from Howard University in 2008, Ashley relocated to Atlanta where she has made her home. She is employed by AT&T and works as a Senior Marketing Communications Manager.

Her current responsibilities include the execution of marketing programs and strategies across approximately 5,200 company owned, authorized retailer and flag- ship AT&T retail locations. Specifically, she manages projects and cross-functional teams that are responsible for the visual merchandising, graphics and messaging, product lineups and digital elements seen in AT&T stores across the United States.

“I always knew that I would thrive as a business professional,” Ashley said. “Marketing is a broad area of business that provides tremendous professional growth opportunities. Also, it is exciting to work for a Fortune 100 company that is at the head of new technology and innovative products and services.” In July, Ashley celebrated eight years with AT&T, and in that time, she has held a variety of roles that have shaped her career in different ways. “Those roles include managing a Network Operations team, Sales Team Lead, att.com Online Marketing manager and Product/Program Management for AT&T Business Solutions.”

Ashley has become actively involved in her community and is a member of the Rho Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. and the H.E.L.P.S. ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is the daughter of Alfonza and Lucile Mobley.

To what do you attribute your success? I absolutely attribute my success #1 to GOD and #2 to my support system made up of family and friends. John 15:5 says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” I try to ensure that every step I take personally and professionally is guided by God. My growing faith coupled with continuous hard work is what has driven my success.

What advice do you have for a young person today? The advice I have for young people today is to “KEEP PUSHING!” I think youth today want the success right away due to the world of instant gratification we live in.

Often times it seems that the baby steps you are taking are not leading to your destination quick enough. However, after a year’s time or 5 years’ time you will be able to look back and see that all the smaller steps you took equal large leaps to your ultimate destination. So just keep pushing through it all; the setbacks, the challenges, the fear and the naysayers. Don’t let any of those reasons be the reason you give up. Keep pushing forward!

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