MAD LOVE MONDAY | Ashley Mielke - Ashley Mielke Strategic Consulting
Hi, I’m Ashley!
My professional titles are Social Psychologist and Organizational Health and Culture Strategist, but I prefer People Lover and Connection Builder!
I support Founders, CEOs, and Leaders who envision happier, healthier, and more profitable futures for their companies through cultivating high-trust, high-performance, Conscious Culture.
I’m obsessed with inspiring workplace environments that value, embrace, and encourage the fundamental truth that humanness is the common thread that connects each and every one of us, and that feeling loved, valued, and safe is the foundation for a high-performance organization.
My Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to inspire leaders around the world to value and embrace the fullness of their people, build cultures grounded in trust and belonging, and reap the rewards of meaningful relationships in their companies and beyond. I aspire to accomplish this BHAG through speaking, writing (hello book deal), consulting, and facilitating my signature training program – Conscious Culture Bootcamp.
I’m often asked the question, “Why culture?” I typically respond with “I didn’t choose this path. This path chose me.”
I was called to my purpose early in life, following a painful childhood punctuated by my father’s alcohol and drug addiction and eventual suicide. From this, the darkest, loneliest, and most excruciating period of my life, I uncovered a deep and passionate desire to serve others and a natural ability to create a safe space for others to be vulnerable and to feel heard and seen in all of their humanness.
My experience of suffering and my willingness to share my story, is what gave me the deep sense of connection and belonging with others I so desperately desired in childhood and throughout most of my life. It is this foundation that has motivated, inspired, and moved me to share the power of connection with others. It’s also what made me the leader I am today.
After nearly six years as the Founder and Director at The Grief & Trauma Healing Centre Inc. and almost a decade of practice as a psychologist and grief specialist, my passion has shifted from the therapy world to the organizational world; a space that is more often driven by fear rather than by love and a space that grossly underestimates the power of connection in driving organizational health, performance, and profitability.
Some may call me a delusional optimist when I speak about my vision for changing the landscape of workplace cultures around the world, but it is my ‘why’ and my commitment to the long game that motivates me to go all-in for the cause.
I remind myself that it isn’t about me. It’s about love. It’s about God. It’s about people. It’s about connection. It’s about community. It’s about contribution. It’s about making a difference that truly benefits others. And it’s about creating a legacy of love for future generations that far out lives me.
The daily prayer that grounds me in my faith and courage as an entrepreneur is, “God, I will go where you want to me to go, and I will be what you want me to be. I am yours. Amen.” This daily surrender grounds me in my purpose and reminds me to trust that the desires in my heart are God’s desires in me.
I am also so proud to connect with a community of other women entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders through YEG BOSS BABES who truly appreciate and understand the highs and lows of entrepreneurship; a world that can feel very scary, isolating, and lonely at times. The bond that we share as a community is incredibly special and reminds me that I’m not alone on this journey.
I define Conscious Culture as a place of rootedness and safety. A place of connection and belonging. A place where trust is readily built. A place where people show up fully and put their best foot forward. A place where people can take risks and make mistakes. And a place where people grow and evolve together.
I truly believe YEG BOSS BABES embodies the characteristics of a Conscious Culture and it is through the strength of this foundation that we can become everything we aspire to be as women, as mothers, as wives, as leaders, and as business owners.
Thank you to Kirsten, Amy, and Kayla for creating this beautiful community and to everyone else who has brought their vision to life! I look forward to meeting everyone at future events and gatherings.
If you are curious about the work I do or you’d just like to connect, I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In Love and Friendship,