From Single Mother & High School Dropout to Founder of a Successful Recruiting Agency
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Ashley Ward has led a challenging and unconventional life. She dropped out of High School at age 17 to work full-time, became a mom, and eventually found herself in an abusive relationship. Fast forward to today – where she’s a college graduate of Cornerstone University, happily married, and founder of Hire For Hope. How did Ashley find the strength and courage to turn it all around?
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Ashley Ward has so many reasons to smile. In early 2017, the 28-year-old launched Hire for Hope LLC, a successful socially conscious recruiting firm that helps fill mid-to senior-level positions for West Michigan companies. The name, Hire For Hope, is inspired by Founder, Ashley Ward’s story of survival from domestic violence making the name a hand-in-glove fit.
These days, Ward’s life is happy, healthy and productively challenging. However, it was not always that way. Her drumbeat of distress started because of a toxic relationship she was in with a man who was physically and emotionally abusive to her and had forced her to cut ties with the outside world. Thankfully, Safe Haven Ministries was the catalyst that changed Ward’s life in 2013, which helped her build the confidence to believe in herself, escape her abusive relationship, and find a job which is how she ended up in the recruiting industry.
Now, Ashley’s connection with Safe Haven continues, but this time in a different vein. She serves on its event planning committee, speaks at their annual fundraising events, and continues to donate 10 percent of Hire For Hope’s revenue stream each quarter. She hopes to someday join the board of directors and continue in the healing process both for herself and other women.
“We’re just giving back hope to women who can be so much more than they currently are,” said Ward.
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