“If you're not making someone else's life better, then you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.”
– Will Smith
In her role as Business Council Director for the Junior League of New Orleans, Ashley Brennan oversees the organization's Bloomin' Deals Thrift Shop along with the management and maintenance of JLNO's physical assets. Ashley's business knowledge, diligence and persistence allow her to address all of the complex aspects of maximizing JLNO operations. She has a thorough understanding of capital, employee, and risk management to aid in overseeing JLNO's properties, staff, and insurance. As a Board member, she provides day-to-day guidance and recommends cost-effective and efficient improvements. She believes many opportunities exist within the Business Council, and she hopes to inspire others to take on leadership roles while serving the community in which we live and love.
Ashley has focussed her seven years in the Junior League on the Business Council, having chaired Bloomin' Deals and Capital Property Planning committees. What she likes most about the Junior League is that it fulfills her core value as defined in her favorite quote. JLNO allows Ashley to give back to her community while surrounded by like-minded women. During her placement as Covenant House Vice-Chair, the committee provided monthly birthday parties for Covenant House residents. One of the male residents around the age of 15 introduced himself to her and thanked her for providing the first birthday party he had ever had in his life. She fought back the tears as she told him helping him celebrate his first birthday was her pleasure. He inspired her to be a better person and solidified the meaning of being a Junior League member. The most profound knowledge she has gained through her Junior League service is that a way to accomplish a goal always exists. Whether supplying diapers to those in need, providing basic necessities to neighbors impacted by a natural disaster, or providing a startup business the opportunity to bloom, no goal is out of reach.
Born in New Orleans, Ashley was raised in Metairie. After graduating from Cabrini High School, Ashley attended the University of Southwestern, Louisiana in Lafayette (now ULL). Her mother became ill and Ashley returned to New Orleans to attend Delgado Community College to be closer to her family. She now works as the Project Administrator for the Estimating Department at Bernhard MCC, LLC. In addition to her commitment to the Junior League, Ashley remains active with her beloved alma mater, Cabrini High School, where she is Vice-President of the Alumnae Association. Through her affiliations, she has been recognized for her civic and professional achievements via the March of Dimes Spotlight on Success, NORDC's Women's History Month Award and New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year Honoree. Ashley was also selected to participate in the Leadership Jefferson class of 2018, a nine-month program through the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation.
In her spare time, Ashley participates by walking or jogging in local races throughout the city. Ashley has recently lost 100 pounds and thrives on having a healthy and active lifestyle where she can continue to encourage herself and others. After her mom passed away in 2014, her dad continued to be a rock solid foundation for her. He is her inspiration and the epitome of working hard towards a goal. He has ingrained in Ashley that no dream is out of reach if you are willing to put in the work. If you are not successful at your first attempt, keep chipping away, you will eventually get the results you are looking to achieve.