Spotlight: Advisory Board Member Ashley Pinakiewicz

Ashley Pinakiewicz, twitter: @AshleyPina

Meet Ashley.

Ashley is the New Business and Client Relationship Manager in Clear‘s New York office. She devotes her energy to expanding Clear’s U.S. business through compelling, strategic projects and attentive client relationships.

No stranger to to creativity and innovation, Ashley worked in Business Development at IDEO before joining her current team. While at IDEO, she negotiated between clients and design teams, facilitated business leads, and assisted global marketing in strengthening the company’s New York presence.

Beyond excelling in her work, Ashley is an active volunteer for community development and youth programs. She is an avid traveler and reader who has spent many hours performing as a jazz and hip-hop dancer. She graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in English Literature and Art History.

Ashley took time out of her busy schedule so that we could get to know her better.

What is your favorite part about the work you do?  
Getting people excited. My job as a Business Developer is to get potential clients excited about my company, get our internal teams excited about new clients and projects, and get our group excited about our growth vision. I love catalyzing people and building enthusiasm – the best reward is watching people light up, generate momentum, and take off.

What’s your dream job?
I absolutely love what I’m doing now, and hope to be doing it for quite some time. If I were ever to shift completely (and had the funding to do it), I would run a non-profit focused on redesigning the educational experience in America, doing everything from teacher training to curriculum design to funding new school models.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Reading for pleasure. I love to soak up information but wish I had more mental energy for reading the novels that I love so much.

You are gifted $1 million dollars. What do you do with it?
Donate some to an educational cause I love (New School Ventures, perhaps?), buy my parents a pied a terre in wine country, and buy myself a one-year trip around the world. I suppose I should invest some of it, too?


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