After graduating from OU with a double major in Linguistics and Italian Studies and a minor in General Business, Ashley went on to complete a Master’s in Luxury Brand Management at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. During her time in Italy, she worked with many international brands in the luxury sector with a focus in omni-channel communications. She currently resides in Oklahoma City with hopes to create her own consulting firm in the future
Could you tell us about the work you do now?
I currently maintain a freelance position with Condé Nast Italia, working with the social media department to write and edit English copy. I am also in the beginning stages of setting up a consulting firm here based on my background and experience with five years of “design thinking” in Milan. I worked in a variety of professional environments where I developed skills in areas such as: digital marketing, brand management, social media management, education and event planning — all for internationally recognized companies in the luxury goods and services sector.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I will always treasure the time that I spent in Milan on my own and the career building that I did there. I see myself as much stronger and well-rounded — both personally and professionally — from the hard work I did to find employment with some of the world’s most prestigious brands.
How did Italian @ OU help you get to where you are today? How did your study abroad experience shape your personal and professional development?
I always consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the Italian Department at OU. From the moment I stepped into Italian I with Serafina Boggs to the completion of my honors thesis on Boccaccio, I found something I was truly passionate about. I was inspired to deeply learn the language and that meant moving there, at least for some period of time after college. Italian @ OU gave me the foundation I needed and I’m forever grateful, especially to the professors I worked with.
What advice would you give to current students of Italian at OU?
Take it seriously! Practice, practice, practice. It’s worth it to be able to speak one of the most beautiful languages on earth (and the rhythm is key!) Also, if you really want to live there for any amount of time, learning the language is the only way to find work opportunities. Trust me 😉