We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Brasovan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My perspective on risk is that you can never get to a place of true fulfillment or reach the highest level of success without taking risks. With every risk taken, comes the ability to fail and to learn from those failures. I have failed so many times in my life because of the risks I have taken in my career, school, personal life, and running. Those failures have all made me a stronger individual over time though and brought me to a higher level of fulfillment in life than I would have had otherwise.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have several jobs which is pretty typical nowadays. Over the past 5+ years I have worked for a company called McKinstry doing business development, strategy and account management for all of our local government projects throughout Colorado. We focus primarily on energy and water efficiency retrofits, solar and resiliency integration, and behavioral engagement opportunities within the public sector. I went to Duke University for both my undergraduate degree and Masters and worked for 6 years during that period on a variety of different research projects including an analysis of carbon neutrality on campus, production of a biomass boiler in the Philippines, and a pay-as-you-go solar initiative in Gabon, Africa. I moved across the Country from North Carolina at 24 years old to pursue a position with McKinstry after school and took a pretty big risk in doing so. It worked out great though and ended up being a good fit for both me and the company. I have also been a professional trail and mountain runner for Hoka One One for a little over 2 years as well. I competed in running in high school and at a D1 level at Duke winning 5 national championships (in high school and post-college) and am a 2x Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. Running has definitely not always been easy. At 18 years old, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and battled that all of college – working with multiple physicians for several years to get my bone density back to normal levels. During that time, I also suffered 6 femoral stress fractures (the femur is the largest bone in your body under the quad) and was told that I would never be able to compete again. Through a combination of improved health, better nutrition, and honestly luck, I was able to get back into professional running after college. I feel very grateful with where I have landed today in both running and my day job.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a fun one! Being a Golden resident, I love quite a few things in the City. A few of my top choices for an ideal week would be: ~Activities: Tubing on Clear Creek, Coors Factory Tour, Hiking up on North and South Table, Stir Cooking Class, biking up Lookout Mountain, hike a 14er (Mt. Elbert is my fav) ~Restaurants: Vital Root, Tributary Food Hall, City ‘O City ~Breweries/beverages: New Terrain, Bottles and Barrels, Upstart Kombucha ~Favorite runs: Centennial Cone, 4 Pass Loop (Aspen), Golden Gate State Park, Continental Divide Trail
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
David Roche is my Running Coach and Life Mentor. He provides a level of support, mentorship and encouragement that I have never experienced in my life. Alot of my success the past few year was due, in part, to David be a consistently positive part of my life so he deserves so much credit for that!
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