Grady College announces four 40 under 40 Recipients: Tricia Chastain and Ashley Edmonds

Grady is proud to announce that four alumni are being recognized this fall as recipients of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 under 40 award: Tricia Chastain (ABJ ’00), Ashley Edmonds (ABJ ’05), Mamie Shepherd (’13), and Heather Teilhet (’98).

Selections were based on the graduates’ commitment to a lifelong relationship with UGA and their impact in business, leadership, community, artistic, research, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

 

Name: Tricia Chastain

Graduation Year: 2000

Current Occupation: President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission

Grady College: What class at Grady did the most to prepare you for where you are today?

TC: Campaigns. I learned how to work with and communicate with a team of colleagues. Dr. Russell was terrific. Our client was a non-profit focused on raising awareness of problems facing rural Georgia. It exposed to issues facing our state that I didn’t know existed—issues I confront on a daily basis in my current job.

GC: What advice do you have for current Grady students and/or young professionals?

TC: Keep in touch with your professors and mentors from college and early in your career. Those relationships will mean a lot more to you as you gain experience and perspective on life.

 

Name: Ashley Edmonds

Graduation Year: 2005

Current Occupation: Founder and Owner of Lilywrap and Beer Greetings

Grady College: What skills or values do you attribute the most to your success?

AE: From a very young age, my parents instilled in me a sense of optimism that I can achieve anything I set out to accomplish. I believe that positive outlook and the resulting willingness to put myself out there are the main drivers behind the successes in my life. You can't accomplish anything if you don't try.

GC: What class at Grady did the most to prepare you for where you are today?

AE: Believe it or not, I use the skills and tools learned in my classes at Grady nearly every single day. As a small consumer products business, my main focus is to create demand for my products on a very limited budget. I do that by pitching editors, sending press releases, writing content, producing videos, interacting on social media, shooting photography – all skills that I honed in Graphic Communications, Public Relations Communications, News Writing & Reporting and Campaigns during my time as a Public Relations major at Grady. I am the sole employee – which means I wear many hats. I am so thankful for the preparation I received as an undergrad.

GC: What advice do you have for current Grady students and/or young professionals?

AE: My advice to current Grady students and young professionals is to get connected and stay connected. My networks – social, educational and professional – have made the biggest impact on the success of my business. 

Date: August 31, 2015