Meet Ashley Emery, Founder of She is Here
Ashley Emery is a power-house entrepreneur. She is the Founder of She Is Here, an organization that focuses on connecting and empowering women through events. Not only is it a safe space for women, but in an environment that promotes healing from within.
Ashley, can you kick it off by telling us about your background and how it inspired you to start She is Here?
My breakthrough has helped me understand that it’s possible to overcome difficulties. I’ve been through so many good and bad experiences, and I have pulled through with my strength. It’s not necessarily pinpointed on anyone, but it’s just what I have experienced. Being an LA native, I grew up with a wide variety of people that had experienced so many traumatic events. I learned from not only my experience but from others’ too. I knew from a young age that a purpose of mine would be helping and healing others. My mother has been a huge inspiration to me. My mother has found her voice in her 40’s and she has such great strength. It gives me hope to understand that it’s never too late to come into yourself. Launching and starting She Is Her, is a business and journey that I am embarking on to show women that there is strength in their weaknesses.
What skills are vital for someone who is an empowerment coach?
Being relatable and open to hearing the pain that people have gone through is key. Understanding that people can move from this cycle of survival is important too. Having these habits can make it easier for you to become more personable. I wanted to always work with people that had a tough time adapting and learning these skills. I am now meeting and working with women that are opening up more and sharing their experiences in a trusted, safe, fun environment. But if I didn’t have these skills, I’m not sure if I would be as successful.
What can women expect from the events?
There are so many things they can expect. My events are a safe space that include hanging out with a group of fun-empowering women. I make sure all the women who attend these events know that the events are somewhere where they can truly connect with me and the other women. I feel like a lot of events now don’t care about adding value to their audience anymore, it’s just about making a profit. I care about establishing trust so that these women can feel liberated and experience joy. So many people would be surprised at the thought that a lot of women don’t have this anymore. In a society where life is fast and instant gratitude is a ‘thing”, many women feel left out.
Where do you see your business in 1 year?
In 1 year, I definitely want to have a solid group of 20-100 women that can identify with she is here brand and have the “she is here” attitude. I would just like to know that my brand has impacted them in a positive way. From connecting to having a mood shift, anything small like that would make me feel happy. Focusing on outreach and retention (mostly retention) would really help my brand blossom. Creating a solid, strong, sisterhood bond. Also, I would love to introduce a membership!
As an LA native, and the center for “dreams and networking”, what would you advice someone who wants to move to LA to “make it”?
You can come to any place in the world, but if you don’t really believe in yourself, no one is going to invest in you. Going after your dreams is important, but I think you can do that within your environment. Going to the beach, rooftop parties, networking events here in LA won’t mean much at the end of the day. It’s easy to believe that anything can make you great, but you are great in your purest soul. LA is saturated with so many people who believe that moving here, will solve all their problems. But that’s not the case.
If you could one piece of advice to any Latina looking to go into your field, what advice you would give them?
Make sure you have your own safe environment or support system. It is so important because when you're giving so much, it makes it hard to give back to yourself. I’ve been through experiences before where I haven’t given myself enough time. It’s hard to give back when you don’t care much about yourself. It’s okay to be patient with your business if you need to give yourself a break day; do it. Having faith in your brands’ success is not an instant noodle thing. As long as your healthy and around, give yourself patience, and it will happen.