Learn more about Ashley Fitton, the 2021-22 Junior League of Greater New Haven President.
Ashley is the current President and has been a member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven since 2017. She most recently served on the JLGNH board as President-Elect, and previously served as the Chair of the fundraising event Winetasting (Finance) and interim Done-In-A-Day Committee Co-Chair. She is a recipient of the Community Award presented by the Junior League of Greater New Haven, due to her significant contribution to her community in a previous league year (via her Community/Done-In-A-Day work). This year, with the League and board’s help, she’ll be primarily focused on fostering and developing volunteerism and training opportunities for the league, with an eye towards diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont, with a focus on Business Administration. She currently works in Human Resources for a CT-based insurance company. Ashley resides in Essex with her husband and daughter.Q: What inspired you to volunteer to serve in a leadership role for JLGNH?
A: In my time at JLGNH, I have seen some very inspiring women come before me in leadership roles. I’ve watched them balance families, jobs, hardships, etc, all while volunteering in their leadership roles with JLGNH.
In my mind, Serving on the board initially seemed like it should be left to the seasoned veterans of our organization, but I quickly learned in my third year of the league (while helping as an honorary co-chair of Community/DIAD) that almost anyone could take on a leadership role as a growth opportunity. Given our smaller league size, It’s not uncommon for members to take on different leadership roles throughout their League journey, and last year was my time to take on an expanded leadership role (President Elect) which led me to my role as President today. It’s been a great learning experience so far!
Q: How many years have you been involved with Junior League?
A: This is my 5th year!
Q: Many members are interested in a literacy focus for our League. Can you tell us about a book you read recently and loved?
A: I’m not as avid of a reader (of adult books) as I’d like, or should be, but did read The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes, and sped right through it.
Our family reads a ton with my 1st grader who is an emerging reader. I started reading books to her as an infant and we have some classics that we still enjoy and reread today (including any Sandra Boynton books).
Q: In the 21st century, there are so many ways for women to connect--what do you think is unique about Junior League and the women it brings together?
A: An organization that is local AND nationwide. We see lots of transfers (in and out) of JLGNH, and it shows the strength of a nationwide organization that allows, and promotes, movement when members move. Often, women are looking to make community connections outside of their family and work circles, so having the League (wherever their location) to help facilitate those volunteer and social connections is ideal.
Q: What holiday tradition are you most excited about celebrating this season?
A: My daughter was born on Thanksgiving (and wow was it a memorable entrance!) so it’s a holiday that my family cherishes. Our family is local and small, so get togethers often occur throughout the year for birthdays and whatnot, but given the health challenges a few in my family members have faced this year, make coming together for thanksgiving even more important and memorable. If I’ve learned nothing over this past year+ (other than how to navigate zoom/Google meet/etc) Getting together to celebrate family and good health is something I won’t take for granted!