AAEAAQAAAAAAAAGuAAAAJDRjNTFlNTQ4LTMyNDItNDU1Yi05YTNkLTlhYzlkN2M3NWNkMwAdvention is right around the corner! This month, we interviewed Nicole Ashley Lee, Lubbock Area United Way Director of Marketing and Communications and AAF Lubbock Vice President. Nicole also heads up the Advention planning committee.


There seem to be a lot of great speakers and workshops planned for Advention. Is there a specific element or event you’re particularly excited about?

I am really looking forward to Paula Froelich’s keynote speech at lunch on Friday. I am an avid traveler love her travel vlog A Broad Abroad.


That’s great! So how did you originally get involved in Ad Fed?

My membership in Ad Fed came with my job. I didn’t know a lot about it, but started going to meetings and then was asked to serve on the board a few years ago. I would encourage anyone considering joining to do so. To get the most out of it, though, I would recommend attending meetings, and looking for opportunities to get even more involved, like helping plan events, joining committees, and serving on the board. The more involved you are, the more you will get out of it.


Considering your career choice—and a little information received from our social media stalking/research—you seem to be very passionate about social causes. What is one thing you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime or pass on to the next generation?

I was always looking for strong female role models as a child. My goal in life is to be that mentor/role model to other young girls.


So were there any other career paths you wanted to take as a child?

I wanted to be an archaeologist from age six until I went to college. My first declared major was history and I seriously considered pursuing that path until I fell into journalism and mass communications. I am still a big history and genealogy nerd.


Name someone you would consider a hero.

Malala Yousafzai, hands down. Talk about standing up for what you believe in! Her passion for the education of women and the work she is doing to promote that globally is amazing. She’s addressed the UN and is the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate. And she’s only 18. I can’t wait to see what she does with the rest of her life.


It looks like you’ve lived in several really interesting locations. Do you have a favorite?

I once spent a few weeks backpacking around New Zealand and I would love to go back. Either for a visit or to live. Aside from the astounding number of sheep the scenery is absolutely beautiful and the people are incredibly friendly.



Rumor has it that you’re a fan of vinyls. Any favorite band or genre of music?

It may be cliché, but I love The Beatles. My favorite genre of music is probably bluegrass, Americana, folk rock. Of my more recent albums, my favorite is A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek.


Pets’ names and a trait that best describes each.

Lizzie (Dog – her full name is Miss Elizabeth Bennett): Persnickety

Mr. Darcy (Dog): Needy

Kitty (Cat): Persistent



Describe way in which life is different than it was a year ago.

This time last year I was not married, so that is a big difference. My husband and I got married in June of last year and every day with him is better than any of the days before I met him.



Three favorite board games?

Just three?! Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, and Trivial Pursuit



If you had a theme song that played when you entered a room, what would it be?

So I actually pick out a new theme song for myself each year. This year’s song is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. I think it speaks for itself.


If you had a month to do anything you wanted and cost wasn’t a factor, what would you do?

Travel, travel, and more travel. I would love to spend a month in Italy researching my family roots. I recently learned what village in Italy my great-grandparents immigrated from. I would love to really explore the area, find long-lost cousins, and eat lots of pasta.


Describe a possession you would like to keep if all else were lost.

My grandpa was an amazing painter and I have a few of his paintings. I would be devastated to lose any of them. My favorite one is hanging in my office.


List a fact that most might not know about you.

I don’t have hometown. My family moved a lot when I was growing up (no – we weren’t military) and I’ve lived in many cities and towns across two states (Ohio and Texas) and one territory (American Samoa). I did graduate from high school here in Lubbock, so I guess this is the closest I get to a hometown.


Thank you to Nicole for letting us feature her this month!


Do you know a member who would be interesting to showcase next? Contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

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