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Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Kruse

Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Kruse

By Jennifer Woodard

ashley-sinatraMeet Ashley Kruse, a double alum with a 2008 Bachelor’s in Marketing Management and a 2010 Master’s in Managerial Communication.

Where are you currently working, and what is your role within the organization? LinkedIn; Senior Relationship Manager

What are some of your job responsibilities?

I'm a Senior Relationship Manager at LinkedIn. I am eager to wake up every morning and head to the office to make a difference in small businesses all over North America. I consult and strategize with small to medium sized businesses on how to attract and retain the best talent in their industries. It is one of the most rewarding and challenging things I have done in my career. While my role is revenue generating, my goal is client success and ensuring that my clients see massive ROI for their businesses in the form of Human Capital and increased revenues for their businesses.

Tell us what you loved most about your Bellevue University Experience:

I loved that I could work full time to support myself and also finish both of my degrees in areas that I found challenging and rewarding. At times it was very demanding and challenging but I am so grateful for the flexibility that I found at BU.

Do you have any special memories to share?

While attending Bellevue University, I was also a full-time employee at the University. My special memories revolve around my colleagues who were in the same programs as I was and the fun we had juggling being full time students and employees in the Marketing department. I made lifelong friendships through my experience.

What advice do you have for current students?

Education and that piece of paper is something that can never be taken from you. Your hard work and your diligence in investing in yourself is one of the most courageous efforts you will ever make in your life. You are stronger and more resilient than you think and when you look back 5 years from now, all the late nights and stress will be well worth it.

Tell us about your hobbies and interests:

My husband and I enjoy traveling as often as possible and when we aren't traveling, we are renovating our 100 year old home outside of South Omaha. I'm an animal lover and enjoy spending time with my "kids", Kota (my two year old Rottweiler) and Julius (my 8 year old cat). I am also big into gardening(or attempting to garden), holistic health/wellness and cooking. Outside of those things, I spend a lot of my time at Crossfit (which I got into thanks to Mike Livergood) and with my friends.