About Ashley

Hey there, I’m Ashley.

I help business owners with their digital marketing efforts through SEO, content creation, and social media.

Ashley Velez

Professional Background

My marketing experience spans marketing project management, social media/digital marketing, branding, SEO/SEM, web optimization, and analytics.

My track record includes directing strategic, high-impact digital and print marketing initiatives that drive engagement, marketplace visibility, and ROI. I’ve built and directed cohesive teams and collaborated with top decision makers to drive core business goals. 

I’m also fascinated by trends in the future of work (particularly for millennials), and how companies can increase employee productivity, give back with corporate responsibility programs and create meaningful work through career growth, inspiring colleagues and D&I initiatives. I’m a contributing writer for local publications in Cherokee County, where I write hyper-local content about many of these topics and more.

I love people, and I love building a community, both within an organization and beyond. I’ve had a passion for helping local businesses win with their digital marketing for a long time. I started in my own community of Woodstock at a digital marketing startup that specializes in web presence and social media management for small and medium-sized businesses.

I’ve worked for in-house digital marketing positions in healthcare and software development, then switched my career trajectory to full-on entrepreneur as Co-Founder and COO at an Atlanta-based Digital Marketing firm. I’m now part of a small but mighty content team at Dragon Army, an Atlanta-based digital agency driven by creating purpose and inspiring happiness.   

Looking for freelance work? I’m available for content creation, marketing strategy, and more. Click below to see my resume, or connect with me online!

Personal Background

Oh, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school.
And though she be but little, she is fierce.

Act 3, Scene 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I’m a tiny, fiery Southern redhead (by choice). I’m fueled by a curious mind and an empathetic sensibility, and I’m driven by a desire to inspire passion and spark joy.

 

I started AshleyGraceless in 2007 as an outlet to get whatever was swirling around in my brain out and on a page. (Or a screen, as it were.) Writing and the love of the written word is in my blood; I’m a fourth generation writer, teacher and learning junkie.

I married my best friend and we live in Woodstock, GA (our beautiful, award-winning city unexpected!) with our two boys, two dogs and cat. I’m told I have a fierce mouth and a kind heart–neither of which you’ll find is untrue.

Things I love: tacos, coffee, cheese, craft beer, music that moves me, poetry, birds (and birdwatching), calaveras, a good harmonica track, traveling, beauty-hunting (h/t Jen Pastiloff), the sound of laughter, Southern writers, tattoos, fast cars, the smell of fresh-cut grass and gasoline, and a witty one-liner.

Patronus: Owls. More specifically, the Barred Owl. Owls symbolize intuition and see what other birds/creatures don’t. The Greek goddess Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, was represented as an owl.

 

Writers & artists I draw inspiration from:

There are so many writers/artists/people I gravitate towards for inspiration. I love Ann Handley, Tonya Ingram, Anne Lamott, Brené Brown, Maya Angelou, Jen Hatmaker, Austin Channing
Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Morgan Harper Nichols, and Byron Katie, to name just a handful.

I’ve never met a personality test I didn’t like. 

Here are a few of my results. 

Myers-Briggs: ENFJ
Gallup Strengths Finder: Discipline, Empathy, Input, Intellection, Developer
GiANT Five Voices: Nurturer 

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