My formal bio is below, but first, let’s get to the important stuff…
5 Random Factoids About Me
#1. I love to mountain bike, and was totally obsessed with mountain bike racing for a while (have the scars, and a even a few — very few — 1st place trophies to prove it.)
#2. In 2010, my family and I sold our McMansion in the ‘burbs of Austin and now live on 10-acres in the Texas Hillcountry (we call our place Cosmic Acres which you can read about over here), where we have two micro-mini pigs named Beyoncé and Jay P. Our “Cosmic Oinkers” even have their own Facebook page , if you want to get to know them better. They are expecting babies so we’ll probably have some super cute pics real soon.
#3. When I’m not being all entrepreneur-y, I love to spend my time outdoors. I’m currently going through the Texas Master Naturalist program, which is a program dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and areas within our communities. I spend most of my weekends (and a few weeknights) hiking, volunteering and attending classes in order to learn about our local natural areas, resources, geology, bugs, critters, flora, fauna, birds, water conservation and more.
#4. When I was literary agent, I got to work with oodles of successful, famous and well-known authors and celebs. I’m not going to name drop, but…well, ok, I’ll drop ONE name, only because she’s my fave and I think you should read ALL of her books. And no, I’m not saying this because I get a royalty. She’s just truly plain awesome, and I often recommend my clients read her work and listen to her show on Hay House Radio. Meet my former client and one AMAZING woman, Cheryl Richardson…
#5. Speaking of name-dropping…oh wait, did I say I wasn’t going to do that? Well, I’m going to do it again. In the 90′s, I was introduced into the world of self-help and Tony Robbins through my job as a literary agent. I was lucky to be able to attend a Tony Robbins seminar (he’s awesome) and walk on burning hot coals (that was awesome, too). This was way before Oprah made it cool – or hot. Whatever.
Sick of me yet? No? Want to know more, you say? Ok, it’s bio time…
Ashley Whittenberger is a professional mentor, business adviser, strategist, consultant and sought-after speaker. Her personal experiences, unique perspective, creative talents and natural business savvy motivates and inspires others to not only learn how to love what they do, but also to love what they earn. As a chronic and classic entrepreneur who is continually developing new ventures, Ashley knows exactly how to harness her creativity, vision, business savvy and leadership skills to inspire others to play a bigger game, work smarter, enjoy more rewarding businesses and focus on what’s really important in business, and in life. You can learn more about Ashley at www.ashleywhittenberger.com.
In 2002, Ashley Whittenberger combined her love of interior decorating with her creative talents and entrepreneurial spirit, and began her first business-passion, the Austin based company, Interiority Complex, LLC.
Recognizing a need for support, inspiration and empowerment for the creatives in service-based industries, Ashley founded the Design Biz Incubator and the International Association of Design Industry Entrepreneurs (IADIE) in 2010. IADIE is a professional association founded for design industry entrepreneurs who are passionate about transforming and growing their design-related businesses while also making a positive and lasting social impact.
Prior to launching Interiority Complex, Ashley was an award winning top-producer with two national home builders, as well as a licensed Realtor who served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for an urban luxury development in downtown Austin. Few people know that before beginning her career in real estate, at the young age of 22, Ashley started a career in the publishing world and became a successful literary agent who worked with many of the best-selling authors we know today. Though she truly enjoyed her work in the literary world, she could not keep her entrepreneurial spirit at bay and chose to pursue her passion(s).
Because Ashley’s first business and her first son were born in the same year, she’s learned exactly what it means to trade the corporate six-figure job to become a lifestyle entrepreneur and enjoy the benefits and challenges of being her own boss and balancing work & life while creating her own vision and manifesting her unique destiny.
When she’s not developing new business ventures, Ashley enjoys camping with her family, hiking and mountain biking, chasing a fuzzy yellow ball around a tennis court, and tending to her micro-mini pigs at Cosmic Acres, her family’s 10 acre “ranchette” in the Texas Hill Country.
Stuff that is probably snooze-worthy but am including in case you want to know more…
Professional Memberships, Certifications and Community Service
- Certified Window Treatment Professional
- Real Estate Staging Expert
- Austin Board of Realtors
- Austin Women Entrepreneurs
- Member of the 2011 Board of Directors, RISE-Women (VP of Communications)
- Volunteer/Trainee for the Texas Master Naturalist Program
- Member, Hill Country Master Naturalists
- 2010 Texas State Chapter President of the Real Estate Staging Association
- Nominated by the Austin Business Journal for their annual Profiles in Power/ Women of Influence awards.
- Named State Chapter President of the Year for 2010 by the Real Estate Staging Association.
- 2011-2012 Regional Vice President, Real Estate Staging Association
- Awarded Staging Innovator of the Year for 2011 by the Real Estate Staging Association.
- President and Founder of the International Association of Design Industry Entrepreneurs. www.iadie.com
- CEO of Interiority Complex, LLC www.myinterioritycomplex.com