SPOTLIGHT: ASHLEY MILES

Founder & CEO of Franklyn West

Ashley is a life-long status quo challenger. Ashley is President of New York Women In Communications and the Founder of Franklyn West, a business growth collective committed to transformation and sustainable growth for businesses and leaders. Prior to founding Franklyn West, Ashley served as the Global Chief Business Officer at Thrive Global, leading worldwide sales, marketing and business operations and spent over six years building and scaling Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for women. She exponentially helped scale Refinery29 as Chief Client Officer, Head of Advertising, drove and diversified revenue growth to a nine-figure business, including the launch and expansion of 29Rooms, the company’s most expansive offline, global activation. She also served as Regional Vice President at Brand.net, an ad technology company and saw through its acquisition by Valassis and served as Executive Sales Director, Beauty at Time Inc., InStyle.com, where she piloted growth in the Beauty and Wellness category. Ashley has also served on the Board of Governors of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) for the past four years.

Why she does what she does…
“Every morning, I’m excited to go to work and create experiences that truly add value to people’s lives. I love helping individuals and companies reach their full potential, accelerating from one stage to the next. Throughout my career, I have been a builder and a scaler and have been equally committed to investing in the people who make it all possible. That’s what gets me going every day….And it’s not just about growing and accelerating companies for its own sake. It’s about accelerating toward something meaningful.”

Drawn to NYWICI…
“What stood out to me about NYWICI are the amazing women throughout the organization, all pioneers in the field, who come from all generations and bring with them diverse skill-sets. There is a direct opportunity to learn from these NYWICI role models, while also supporting other women throughout the organization. And we’re all committed to having an impact, within our own companies and in the industry at large.”

Her favorite social media platform…
“I really love Instagram, especially when people use it to spread positivity, support and creativity.”

Communications’ biggest challenge or At the top of her trend-watching list is…
“At the top of my trend-watching list is everything that’s shifting in business. Look at the Business Roundtable, with nearly 200 CEOs coming together to agree on a different way forward for business, with companies committing to moving beyond shareholder primacy and delivering value to customers, their communities, and the planet, and investing in their people along the way.
“That’s a monumental shift, and it makes this an incredible time to be in business. I’m closely watching how companies and leaders are driving this shift, and looking for every opportunity to continue leading it in my own company and the companies I partner with.”

Off the clock, really…
“I enjoy spending quality time with my two daughters Mylah and Holland, my amazing husband Sam and extended family and friends.”

Her nirvana…
“Aspen is my happy place. My time there always includes skiing, vintage turquoise hunting, and recharging with friends and family.”

Did you know…
“I’m a collector of antiques, vintage and live by the Iris Apfel mantra: ‘More is more, less is a bore!’”

Day to relive…
“My wedding day — February 20, 2010 — to my college sweetheart in New Orleans, Louisiana.”

Words to live by…
“The same words I tell my daughters every day: ‘Be kind, strong, smart and curious!’”

— Q&A by Linda Descano

Board of Directors
Alexandra Owens SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDRA OWENS January 13, 2021
Ashley Miles PRESIDENT’S LETTER December 15, 2020
Megan Rokosh SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN ROKOSH October 7, 2020
Singleton Beato SPOTLIGHT: SINGLETON BEATO October 7, 2020
Helen Shelton SPOTLIGHT: HELEN SHELTON October 5, 2020
Lisa Valentino SPOTLIGHT: LISA VALENTINO October 11, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: LINDA DESCANO October 1, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: CHELSEA ORCUTT October 1, 2019
Ashley Miles SPOTLIGHT: ASHLEY MILES October 1, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: ABI EVANS September 7, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER DIXON September 7, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: LAUREN TRAN September 7, 2019
Laura Brusca SPOTLIGHT: LAURA BRUSCA July 25, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: JULIA CORBETT August 23, 2018
Board of Directors January 1, 2018
Member Spotlights
Brandi Boatner 5 QUESTIONS FOR BRANDI BOATNER February 22, 2021
Alexandra Owens SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDRA OWENS January 13, 2021
Megan Rokosh SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN ROKOSH October 7, 2020

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Board of Directors
Alexandra Owens SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDRA OWENS January 13, 2021
Ashley Miles PRESIDENT’S LETTER December 15, 2020
Megan Rokosh SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN ROKOSH October 7, 2020
Singleton Beato SPOTLIGHT: SINGLETON BEATO October 7, 2020
Helen Shelton SPOTLIGHT: HELEN SHELTON October 5, 2020
Lisa Valentino SPOTLIGHT: LISA VALENTINO October 11, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: LINDA DESCANO October 1, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: CHELSEA ORCUTT October 1, 2019
Ashley Miles SPOTLIGHT: ASHLEY MILES October 1, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: ABI EVANS September 7, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER DIXON September 7, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: LAUREN TRAN September 7, 2019
Laura Brusca SPOTLIGHT: LAURA BRUSCA July 25, 2019
SPOTLIGHT: JULIA CORBETT August 23, 2018
Board of Directors January 1, 2018
Member Spotlights
Brandi Boatner 5 QUESTIONS FOR BRANDI BOATNER February 22, 2021
Alexandra Owens SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDRA OWENS January 13, 2021
Megan Rokosh SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN ROKOSH October 7, 2020