Ashley Eady Smith is a bilingual tax attorney, thought leader, group cohesion expert, writer, and public speaker. Ashley is married to Durrell Smith, and they founded the Minority Outdoor Alliance together in the summer of 2020 in order to cultivate inclusivity for a healthier outside. Durrell and Ashley have a 3-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.
Ashley completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Spanish. After college, Ashley completed her law degree at Georgia State University College of Law. Ashley travels the nation on behalf of the MInority Outdoor Alliance facilitating The Path Forward (TPF), which is a highly regarded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Organizational Cohesion program.
Ashley's approach with TPF provides a psychologically safe space for all people to participate in active, instinctual, and introspective ways. Ashley has facilitated TPF talks and workshops for state agencies, NGOs, and other outdoor and conservation organizations. Participants of The Path Forward often remark on how digestible, accessible, and applicable the knowledge framework of The Path Forward is.
Outside of her work as a tax attorney, Ashley seeks the outdoors as a place to renew and rejuvenate. Ashley likes to meditate, pray, and exercise outdoors. She also enjoys biking, hiking, and fishing.
Ashley believes that there is so much more that unites us as human beings than divides us and believes that being outdoors is the perfect setting for memory making, tradition keeping, and connecting with others.