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Ashley Bendiksen

ASHLEY BENDIKSEN

Professional Speaker for Colleges, Women, & Youth

Unique ID: ashleybendiksen

Keywords: Transformational Speaker / Survivor, Activist & Change Leader, Social Entrepreneur

Industry sector: Other

Location: United States

Expertise & Speciality

Abuse and Recovery,  Branding,  Creativity,  Domestic Abuse,  Domestic Abuse,  Emcee / Master of Ceremonies,  Entrepreneurs,  Event Hosts,  Goal Setting,  Inspirational Speakers,  Leadership,  Life Skills,  Marketing,  Motivational Speakers,  Overcoming Adversity,  Overcoming Fear,  Positive Thinking,  Presentation Skills,  Presenters,  Purpose,  Relationships,  Success

Industry Sector

Other

Passions & Purpose

Empowering and equipping *women and students* to overcome adversity, become proactive leaders of social change, and create their own path to success.

Recent gigs & credits

Recent speaking engagements have occurred across countless colleges/universities and high schools throughout New England, including Stonehill College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Westport Senior/Junior High School, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School to name a few.

Ashley has also recently served as:
Keynote speaker for the Safe Campuses Summit of the Massachusetts Teachers Association
Moderator and emcee for the annual SouthCoast Women’s Forum
Panelist and presenter for the YWCA Sister 2 Sister Conference
Keynote speaker for Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House

Long Biography

Ashley Bendiksen is a native of New Bedford, MA and is well-known for her work in women’s empowerment and leadership development. She is self-employed as a professional speaker, writer, and business consultant. As a speaker, Ashley specializes in powerful presentations for the college market, as well as women and youth settings, where she shares her own personal stories of victimization as a young woman. Out of hardship, she has been able to turn her life around tremendously – finding her inner strengths, purpose, fulfilment, personal and professional success. This has led her to build a platform of both inspiration and education for those she works with. Year-round, is an advocate and activist for survivor and bystander empowerment, professional development for women, and social entrepreneurship. Ashley shares inspiring stories of how she has chosen to embrace her challenges and positively fight for social change – in community leadership and her profession.

Ashley graduated as Valedictorian of her class at Salve Regina University, with a degree in Administration of Justice, to which she later worked as a Victim Witness Advocate in New Bedford and Fall River District Courts. Shortly after, she was promoted to the District Attorney’s Communications Department, and then promoted again to serve as the DA’s Executive Assistant. She also holds several prior jobs in both victim and student services, and communications and public relations.
Ashley holds numerous leadership roles in the Greater New Bedford community. She is the Chairperson of the Southeastern MA Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Chairperson of the Miss New Bedford Scholarship Program, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the YWCA of Southeastern MA, and New Bedford Festival Theatre. Her proudest role is serving as President and Executive Producer of ONE Theater Group – a philanthropic theatre company she founded in memory of her late mother that has donated more than $30,000 to six different local charities in just two and a half years. Ashley’s personal and professional mission is to inspiring and empowering women and college students with the support and tools they need to succeed personally and professionally. This is especially true when it serves others right in her local community. For more information, visit www.ashleybendiksen.com.

Qualifications & Training

Past field experience includes:


  • Campus Victim Advocate, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

  • Executive Assistant, Bristol County District Attorney

  • Press Assistant, Bristol County District Attorney's Office

  • Victim Witness Advocate, MA District Courts

  • Paralegal Assistant, Rhode Island Attorney General's Office

  • Education & Outreach Coordinator, New Bedford Women's Center

  • Head of Communications, GrNBAR


Current leadership experience:

  • ​Founder: President and Executive Producer, One Theater Group, Inc.

  • Board of Directors, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts

  • Chairperson, Miss New Bedford Scholarship Program

  • Board of Directors, New Bedford Festival Theatre

  • Chairperson, YWCA Leading Ladies

  • Chairperson, Southeastern MA Walk to End Alzheimers

  • Business Mentor, EForAll SouthCoast


Past leadership experience includes:

  • GNB Allies Domestic Violence Subcommittee

  • The Women's Fund Partners for Possibilities Committee

  • YWCA Red Dress Event committee

  • SMILES Literacy Mentor

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor


Awards & Achievements

Valedictorian, Salve Regina University
SouthCoast Almanac ‘Accomplished Woman’
SouthCoast5 Emerging Leader

SouthCoast Woman of the Year Nominee
SouthCoast Serves Volunteer Superstar
YWCA Woman of Distinction; Spirit of Leadership
Miss New Bedford 2009
Miss Massachusetts Top 5 Finalist in 2009 and 2010

Press

SOUTHCOAST ALMANAC | 6 WOMEN WE ADMIRE: ASHLEY BENDIKSEN, SURVIVOR
2016 Magazine Issue
www.ashleybendiksen.com/siteblog/southcoast-almanac-6-women-we-admire-survivor-ashley-bendiksen

WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHY EATING, FORMER MISS NEW BEDFORD SAYS MEAL PREP IS KEY TO SUCCESS
June 20, 2016
www.heraldnews.com/news/20160620/when-it-comes-to-healthy-eating-former-miss-new-bedford-says-meal-prep-is-key-to-success​

Q&A: HEALTH COACH ASHLEY BENDIKSEN SHARES SECRETS TO EATING HEALTHY, STAYING MOTIVATED
June 20, 2016
http://m.heraldnews.com/news/20160620/qa-health-coach-ashley-bendiksen-shares-secrets-to-eating-healthy-staying-motivated

SOUTHCOAST FIVE: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HONORED FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP, SERVICE
June 4, 2015
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150604/NEWS/150609602/0/SEARCH 

YOUTHBUILD STUDENTS PLEDGE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AT FALL RIVER EVENT
March 12, 2015
http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20150312/NEWS/150318654

SOUTHCOAST’S MEN AND WOMEN OF THE YEAR
January 10, 2015
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150110/News/150119911

NEW THEATER GROUP RALLIES FOR FIGHT AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
November 20, 2014
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20141120/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/141129958/0/SEARCH

NEWLY LAUNCHED THEATER GROUP AIMS TO SERVE AREA CHARITIES
November 19, 2014
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20141119/SPECIAL/141119402/-1/NEBULLETIN

TELLING HER STORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO ‘SAVE OTHER YOUNG WOMEN’
October 30, 2014
http://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20141030/NEWS/141039750/12741/NEWS

SURVIVORS, STARR, SHED A LIGHT ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
October 4, 2014
http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20141004/NEWS/141007842/0/SEARCH

THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS
ASHLEY BENDIKSEN ’13 EMPHASIZES CHARACTER AND EDUCATION IN HER VALEDICTORY ADDRESS
http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?m=26582&l=1 (story on page 10)

AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
FORMER MISS NEW BEDFORD OVERCOMES STRUGGLES TO BECOME COLLEGE VALEDICTORIAN
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130519/LIFE/305190346

LOCAL STUDENTS RETURN FROM STUDY ABROAD TRIP TO ARGENTINA
http://www.newbedfordguide.com/study-abroad-trip-argentina/2012/08/15

SALVE STUDENT, ASHLEY BENDIKSEN, PROMOTES ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
http://web.salve.edu/news/rfn/archive/Vol37No2Winter2011.pdf

MISS NEW BEDFORD CROWNED
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080922/NEWS/809220337

SMILES MENTOR, ASHLEY BENDIKSEN, THE NEXT 600 SMILES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3AjylNieOU

MILES FOR SMILES, ASHLEY BENDIKSEN SINGS
http://www.gfrpartners.com/09MilesForSmiles.html

BURT WOOD STUDENTS MAKE THEIR MARK
http://burtwoodschool.com/pages/pageants/missmass10.html

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Miscellaneous Information

shley specializes in powerful presentations, creative and interactive workshops, and professional-level trainings. ​Audiences hear Ashley's powerful real life stories of victimization and her road to survival, plus diverse stories from her experience in the professional field. She discusses how she not only survived, but how she developed strength, resilience, and the leadership to impact change as an activist and social entrepreneur. To Ashley, overcoming severe hardship was the catalyst that changed her life - allowing her to let go, build from scratch, and finally build a life she wanted.

Audiences are inspired, informed, and better equipped to effect both personal change and social change. They gain valuable insights on personal and professional development - from letting go of inner obstacles to developing key life skills and career skills. This is especially valued by students seeking input and guidance on networking, personal branding, workforce skills development, and the value of building a resume before graduating. 

Ashley offers presentations and creative workshops that activate inner passions, ignite conversation, and help others take real steps toward massive personal growth and impacting outward social change.
Available for

After Dinner, Charity Event, Corporate Event, Live Seminar / Conference, Online /Digital Event, Radio Host
, Speaking Events, Ted Talk, TV Host,

Keynotes

A SURVIVOR’S STORY: EMPOWERING SURVIVORS AND BYSTANDERS
CHOOSING POSITIVE! LEADERSHIP THROUGH SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
VALE-VICTORIOUS: SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATING

Specialist Topics

  • Empowering Survivors and Bystanders
  • Dating/Domestic Violence
  • Campus Sexual Assault
  • Activism and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Student Success Planning: Life/Leadership Skills
  • Self-Esteem for Girls
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Leadership Development
  • ​​Personal Image and Branding
  • Finding Purpose
  • Entrepreneurship and Professional Success

Recent Gigs & Credits

Speaking Experience

10 years’ experience as an inspirational and transformational survivor-to-success speaker — speaking for countless colleges/universities, student groups, middle and high schools, women’s conferences, special events, charitable events, seminars and workshops

Extensive experience as an event emcee/host, panel moderator, panel speaker, television and radio interviewer/interviewee, spokesperson, live video broadcaster

Testimonials

What Students Are Saying

Confidential (name withheld) real student testimonials:

  • “Today, for the first time in my entire life, I was able to say out loud to one of my friends that I was assaulted.
  • “Hearing your story tonight changed my life. I am so confident now. Thank you. 
  • The next time I see something… I will speak up. You inspire me to do more. Thank you.
  • My friends and I talked about everything you said all night. We all feel so inspired… we even want to do something about it like you have!”​​
  • ​”After that day, I kept getting stronger, having your words in my head. I survived… because of your words, thank you. Seriously, keep helping people. Sometimes the smallest thing said will help.”
What Organizers Are Saying:
I have never heard a speakers name mentioned so many times! ​We wanted our keynote speaker to start off the conference weekend strong and you exceeded all of our expectations! Over the weekend, I heard your name mentioned over and over again, and how your speech really helped. You really helped break down a lot of walls… So thank you again! ​- Nicole Kamal, MassSTAR Youth Leadership Conference
“No one could believe that a woman so young, beautiful, and full of life had been through such a traumatic experience. Our participants were so moved and touched by her story that they have asked her to come back and speak again and again…” ​​​- Gail Fortes, Executive Director, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts

Other Information

Students: Ashley has extensive experience speaking and conducting workshops for students. This includes guidance on issues awareness, campaigns and events. She also offers professional workshops for students which include LinkedIn workshops, Personal Branding and Online Networking workshops, and Mock Business Workshops for Social Entrepreneurship.


Professional/Business/Corporate Groups: Ashley offers numerous professional development engagements. She is available to train professionals on handling domestic violence in the workplace, responding to disclosures, and trauma-informed communications. She also offers branding, marketing, public speaking and presentation skills workshops.


Individual Coaching: Ashley is a highly accomplished and experienced communications and branding expert. She possesses more than 10 years of experience solving branding and PR challenges. She has successfully built the brand, reputation, and recognized value, of large organizations, companies, start-ups, small business owners, elected officials, and nonprofit organizations. She has independently and collaboratively directed and spearheaded countless events - from community and nonprofit events, to fundraisers, grand openings, conferences and seminars, county-wide and regional initiatives. She works with individuals to build their brand, clearly convey value and messaging, and grow their impact. 


Public Speaking Coaching: Ashley offers coaching to aspiring speakers and/or those with upcoming speaking engagements or interviews. She helps with structure formation, story formation, presentation skills, verbal and body language, and speech writing.
Available for

Corporate Coaching, Private Coaching, Retreat, Schools/Education, Workshop,

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