Ashlee Trout’s interest in STEM and human resources saw her entrepreneurial skills develop early. Now she’s moved across the country to see her dreams become a reality.

After graduating from St Stephen’s School Duncraig in 2007, Ashlee completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Edith Cowan University with a Double Major in Psychology, Criminology and Justice before tackling a Masters of Human Resource Management while working full-time.

“With a passion for improving Employee Experience, HR Tech, people insights, analytics and the future world of work I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of leading organisations across Australia including BankWest, Commonwealth Bank, Audrey Page & Associates, Accenture, Origin Energy, Telstra, AGL & NBN on a number of large scale Business and HR Technology transformation projects,” Ashlee said.

“I feel fortunate to be working in a STEM-related role in a male-dominated industry. I also pinch myself that I get to talk about robots for work!”

Upon graduating, Ashlee harnessed every opportunity to develop her skills, reaching the finals of the 2014 Profectus PwC Young Entrepreneurs Competition and guest speaking at the Code Like a Girl Women In Tech & STEM Careers at PWC in 2018.

This experience lead to her most recent notable achievement; the launch of her platform Her Economy earlier this year.

“[Her Economy is] a curated experience for futurists, health-conscious and style-minded minimalists. Covering career ideas, finance, tech, design, social capital, style, health and wellness, Her Economy is a go-to business-lifestyle handbook,” she said.

Now living and working in Melbourne, Ashlee said running her new venture has consumed a lot of her downtime – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Her Economy takes up 98 per cent of my free time and I love it. I enjoy cooking, pilates and barre classes, going to the markets and catching up with friends,” she said.

While her graduation from St Stephen’s saw her sadly move away from the beach, Ashlee said she took with her some important lessons from her time as a student.

“My education taught me that there is no substitute for hard work, that no one will do things for you and not to take life to seriously.”

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