Alumni Spotlight with Ashley Congelosi Llewellyn
Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn joined the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) in June 2013. She currently serves as Programs Manager, overseeing strategic partnerships and all activities designed for business retention and development, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. These initiatives contribute to the impact of economic development within her local community and nurture local business.
In 2014, Ashley launched a Workforce Development Series that shares relevant workforce development information regarding St. Tammany, the Greater New Orleans region and the state of Louisiana with business leaders, community representatives, and economic development partners in the area.
Prior to joining STEDF, Ashley served as Manager of Transition Programs in the Office of First Year Initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi. She also served as a graduate assistant in the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and as a national consultant for Chi Omega Fraternity. Ashley's range of skills and work experiences include strategic communication, leadership training, event planning, and organizational development.
In service of continued professional development, Ashley is currently seeking certification through the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) and completing additional coursework through the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. These professional certifications also serve as credit toward future certification as an IEDC Certified Economic Developer.
Ashley graduated from Southern Miss with a Master's degree in Economic Development in 2011 and a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from the Honors College in 2008. She held various leadership positions with the Chi Omega Fraternity-Epsilon Delta Chapter, Southern Style, The Legacy-Student Alumni Association, and the Student Government Association. She also received numerous awards and honors such as Miss Southern Miss and was named to the Southern Miss Student Hall of Fame.