founder & president


Kelley Ashby is the founder and president of Kelley Ashby Consulting, LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in a variety of higher education administrative positions creating and managing academic courses and co-curricular programs focused on leadership, career, new employee development, education, and training. In addition, she has sixteen years of experience as an adjunct faculty member developing and delivering career, leadership, and competency development-related curriculum.

She created, directed, co-authored, and delivered the Career Leadership Academy curriculum and program (designed to develop leadership and career readiness skills); co-authored the chapter, “Building a Competency-Based Leadership Program with Campus-Wide Implementation”, for the New Directions in Student Leadership; and co-chaired an executive committee to engage faculty and staff in developing and implementing a campus-wide leadership initiative that infused Gallup’s Strengths and Dr. Corey Seemiller’s Student Leadership Competencies into numerous co-curricular and academic programs, services, and coursework. She currently consults with colleges, universities, businesses, and other organizations nationwide to assist them with their leadership and human resource talent development needs.


professional experience

• Founder and Independent Consultant, Kelley Ashby Consulting, LLC (March 2017-present)

• Director, Continuing Medical Education Division at the University of Iowa (May 2016-February 2017)

• Director, Academic and Leadership Programs at the University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center (July 2010-May 2016)

• Director, Career Leadership Academy at the University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center (January 2007-July 2010)

• Associate Director at the University of Iowa Office of Student Life (August 2004-January 2007)

• Director, Outdoor Programs and Wellness, and Co-Director of Leadership Development at Buena Vista University (August 2000-May 2003)

• Adjunct Faculty Member (January 2001-May 2016):

• Leadership Studies Department, The University of Iowa (January 2007-May 2016)

• Lifetime Leisure Skills Department, The University of Iowa (August 203-August 2011)

• Student Services Department, Buena Vista University (January 2001; 2002; 2003)

developed by Kelley

curriculum developed

• Leadership Theory to Practice, Online Course Curriculum Co-Developer

• Leadership Certificate Internship, Online Course Curriculum Developer and Instructor

• Perspectives on Leadership, Face-to Face and Online Curriculum Developer and Instructor

• Career Leadership Academy Phases I, II, III, and IV, Face-to-Face Curriculum Developer and Instructor

• Introduction to Leadership, Face-to-Face Curriculum Co-Developer

• Leadership in the Outdoors, Face-to-Face Curriculum Developer and Instructor

certified in these areas​


• Executive Leadership Academy, The University of Iowa

• Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity, The University of Iowa

• Genos International Certified Ignite Instructor

• Building Our Global Community, The University of Iowa

• Genos International Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner

where it all started


M.S., Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration, 2000

B.S., Psychology and Criminal Justice, 1990