daring to learn continuously


Ashley Strom is a strong believer that life is abundant with opportunities to learn and develop yourself. She has taught First Year Experience courses for entering students and put her background in StrengthsQuest and Crucial Conversations to good use facilitating trainings for groups on and off campus. 

Ashley is the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Nontraditional Students at Minnesota State University Mankato, and thoroughly enjoys working in an environment where learning and growth is the norm. She advises and manages over 200 student organizations, assessing programming, and assisting officers as needed. Throughout the year, she also manages leadership programs for students. 


Click here for Ashley's full bio!


teaching philosophy

Ashley's teaching philosophy developed after suffering a brain injury while in graduate school. An avid practicer of meditation, Ashley encourages others to experience what it feels like to be fully present in body and mind. She believes her role as a facilitator and teacher is to create an experience that gets people in touch with themselves and others in authentic, natural ways.

She subscribes to the Rogerian or Person-Centerd (Carl Rogers) Theory. She believes that we don't need a prescription for our lives; we simply need the experience and freedom to be exactly who and where we are at any given moment. She also follows Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory, which incorporates the whole human function into learning. Our learning is not transactional or instant. It's a process that unfolds over time.



Ashley's presentation was engaging.  Students were constantly moving, talking with each other, and coming to new conclusions about themselves and leadership.  It was so rewarding to see them light up as Ashley helped them realize a better way to communicate, follow or lead.

- University of Alaksa-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

Ashley's Favorite Topics

  • Student Leadership Challenge

  • Conflict and Communication
  • The Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Advantage
  • Challenging Conversations without the Clutter
  • StrengthsFinder
  • Icebreakers and Teambuilding
  • Leading and Living Courageously
  • Affecting Social Change - A Leadership Skill
  • Life Transitions
  • Beginning College with Purpose - Setting Pertinent Goals