Ashley Bendiksen is a resident of
Ashley holds several leadership roles which advance efforts for women's empowerment, leadership development, domestic violence advocacy, Alzheimer’s advocacy, and mentoring to name a few. Her commitments include serving on the YWCA Board of Directors and serving as Chairperson of the YWCA’s Leading Ladies – a young women’s leadership development initiative. She is the Chairperson of the Miss New Bedford Scholarship Foundation and serves on sub-committees of The Women’s Fund. Honoring her late mother, she is an advocate to end Alzheimer’s disease and serves as Chairperson of the Southeastern Massachusetts Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Additionally, Ashley is the President and Producer of ONE Theater Group, Inc., a nonprofit that she founded which produces shows and selects area charities as its benefactors. She also enjoys her time as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has mentored the same girl for seven years.
Additionally, Ashley is an accomplished public speaker and
speaks regularly on the topics of domestic violence, overcoming adversity, and
women’s empowerment, having spoken at events conducted by the Massachusetts Employers Against Domestic
Violence, the American Association of
University Women, The Women’s Center,
the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts,
and the American Business Women’s
Association. She has spoken at dozens of area schools and colleges and has
been the keynote speaker for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at both
In 2013, Ashley was recognized as a ‘Woman of Distinction’ and was honored to be a nominee for ‘SouthCoast Woman of the Year’ in 2014. She is also a present member of the National Association of Professional Women and looks to engage with organizations that advance and promote women’s professional success.