Ashley T Brundage is the Founder and President of Empowering Differences. While seeking employment at a major financial institution, she self-identified during the interview process as a male to female transgender woman and subsequently was hired. She was offered a position and started as a part time bank teller and worked in various lines of business before moving to VP, Diversity and Inclusion in less than 5 years. 

Ms. Brundage speaks locally and nationally about her transition, workplace equality,  leadership, and her recently released book Empowering Differences. She has also been interviewed in several publications and media outlets, including InStyle Magazine, The Female Quotient, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek,  The  Business Journal, The Miami Herald, Fox, ABC, CBS, Las Vegas Review Journal, Milwaukee Biz Times, the Daily Beast, Fairygodboss, and The Tampa Bay Times.

Ashley has been recognized in many areas and has received numerous awards. Check out the about Ashley page for a list of engagements and partner companies.

Keynote Sessions

Empowering Differences: Ashley T Brundage will share her unique journey and how she was “Empowering Differences” as a way to showcase anything is possible. Utilizing education and awareness to drive positive outcomes for others, was the key to connecting to empowerment. She tracked key revenue deliverables to empower her professional development in her career from part time teller to Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion of a major financial services organization in less than 5 years.

Other keynotes include:

  • Leadership Strategy
  • LGBTQ+ Equality
  • Authenticity
  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Custom keynote surrounding a celebration event: Trans Awareness Month, Women’s History Month, Pride Month, LGBTQ+ History Month

Panel Sessions and Fireside Chats

Ashley is available to join a panel session at your conference, event, or a fireside chat with an executive in your organization. She discusses topics similar to the keynotes above and brings an intersectional voice to your event. 

Fireside Chat Topic Suggestions:

  • LGBTQ+ Leadership
  • Authenticity
  • Empowerment
  • Inspiration

Previous Panels include:

  • Inspiration 
  • International Women’s Day
  • Pride
  • LGBTQ+ Economy

Event Host or Emcee

Ashley is available to host or emcee your conference or event. She brings a unique perspective and intersectional voice to the overall event. 

Previous Events Hosted:

  • Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber
  • National Diversity Council

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