In 2006, Ashley joined the International Securities Exchange (ISE), a leading US options exchange. Ashley was solely responsible for all corporate event planning and coordinated up to 150 events a year with budgets ranging up to $1 million. She has worked directly with senior executives from clients that include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, E*Trade, Goldman Sachs and Charles Schwab. Ashley planned intimate client dinners, merger celebration events, corporate holiday receptions and everything in between.
Ashley’s crowning achievement at ISE was the production of the 28th Annual Options Industry Conference in 2010. The conference, which is the premier annual event in the options industry, attracted over 500 attendees. As conference producer, Ashley was responsible for every detail of planning, from venue selection, contract negotiation, theme, design, food and beverage, to media relations, keynote speaker selection and hotel room block.
While residing in New York, Ashley volunteered as the President of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association of greater New York. She organized social networking events and football game parties, and was responsible for fundraising efforts, website content, database maintenance and merchandise.
Ashley returned to her southern roots in 2011 and launched Magnolia Events, a full service wedding and event planning firm.