"When I was 15 years old, I was concerned and angry that no one was speaking about the challenges my friends and I were facing. So I decided to become the person I needed, and I started speaking up." 

Growing up, I was shy and quiet in public. In 7th grade though, when I joined theater, that all changed. I discovered I have a passion in public speaking. And when I was 15, my enthusiasm for speaking developed an urgent sense of purpose when I realized the need for open and honest conversations about self-esteem, mental health, and relationships.

I didn't expect the outpouring of support I received when I directed my first workshop for a group of 8th grade students.

Today, I have delivered over 70 workshops to schools all over New England. This summer, I directed my 5th week-long summer program, and I've spoken on powerful platforms including TEDx, Huffington Post, NBC Boston, and more.

The movement I created has helped thousands of people achieve confidence and body-positivity, and I am ready to help even more people by continuing to speak on news/media platforms, at conferences, organizations, and more.

Who does Ashley speak to?

  • Schools

  • Educators

  • Sororities

  • More


Ashley Olafsen: An Engaging, Powerful, and Authentic Speaker

"Ashley Olafsen is a dynamic, powerful speaker. As the lead organizer of TEDx[email protected], I have had the opportunity to work closely with Ashley, as she served as speaker at our inaugural event in Burlington, Massachusetts. Ashley is not only a poised professional, she is engaging, confident, and her message resonates with a youth audience. I recommend her highly for any speaking engagement aiming to connect with young people." 
- Jenn Scheffer, Lead Organizer of TEDx[email protected]
"Ashley captivated the hearts and minds of 2000 educational professionals during her CUEByte speech on the duality of media... She was passionate and empowering, moving the entire audience to their feet. She truly is a change maker." 
- Rayna Freedman, MASSCue Board Director
"Connecting with Ashley was by pure luck, but I believe that God had a plan for us to cross paths and I am so glad we did! After learning about her work with girls, I knew she would be the perfect addition to our celebration of self-love event. She was amazing! She connected with the women and shared some of her own experiences, making everyone feel comfortable, understanding and empowered.  She is such an amazing speaker and truly sincere. Two words to describe her, GIRL POWER!"
- Samary Polnett, Beauty Is You CT Founder


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