Ashleigh Turner

Ashleigh Turner

Procurement Category Manager

Hastings Deering


What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date?

I have heard it all, you are too young, too ambitious, too bossy, too aggressive, too sensitive, too pretty, oh you are a single mum you need to focus on that not your career, you can’t earn this because you haven’t worked X years etc… The biggest challenge is not allowing any of those people’s opinions to get in your head, cause self-doubt and stop you from reaching your full potential. We have enough against us as women, we don’t need to be against ourselves as well.

Who has inspired you (male or female)?

I am a big fan of Elon Musk, because he is just breaking barriers. He has a vision, he follows through, he doesn’t care what others say about him, he is true to himself and his passion. He cares more about values than someone’s education, which more businesses need to be like. We need more of this in the world. That limitless mindset.

What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t ever stop yourself from doing what you want to do because of your age. Experience is about your experience through lessons, action and outcomes… it is not necessarily about time. Most people waste their time, so why bound experience with time when you can achieve more in less years that others.

What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?

Start with being a genuine, empowering and kind human. Removing the ego, genuinely want the best for your team, yourself and the business. Energy is attracted to that. It is simple, but not as common as we may think.

Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life?

“Be the change you want to see in the world and in your life”… as a domestic violence survivor I had to make a choice to change my life and escape that relationship. This is now my life motto. Stop sitting back waiting for the changes to happen, start making the changes in your life and take control.

What do you #ChooseToChallenge?

I challenge everyone to look at the people around them that they may have restricted, rejected, judged from progressing in their careers because of a stereotype they applied to them… The only way things will change is by being self-aware of our own beliefs and challenging those beliefs.

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