Ashley holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a tenure-track faculty member in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School, teaching the Negotiation and Motivation and Incentives courses to MBA students and Executives. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a “Rising Star of Behavioral Science” by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, she co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service Agency. Her research has been published in top academic journals and popular media press outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Her first book Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time & Live a Happier Life was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing and among other accolades was named the top 10 business books of 2020 by the Globe and Mail. Prior to joining HBS, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her dissertation research on time and happiness won the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for being the single best Ph.D. thesis in Canada across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Ashley is an experienced keynote speaker and hosts workshops, presents lectures, and gives academic and book-related talks for working professionals worldwide. Topics she covers include but are not limited to time management, improving employee happiness and reducing burn-out, negotiations training, and designing meaningful workplace rewards.