Ansley Cartwright is a third year Public Relations and Communication Studies major set to graduate early. In just three short years, Ansley has certainly left her mark on UGA, and has kept herself busy in many ways. Previously, she has worked as an account manager for a start-up company as well as for two publishing companies. Her written work at the first publishing company had an audience of over 70,000 metro atlanta area readers, while the second was a crowd-sourced national publication for which she managed UGA’s content creation team. Ansley also has a passion for philanthropy as she spent quite some time working for a non-profit and played a managerial role in their campaign, “Save Our Sandwiches,” which amassed over half a million dollars in funds to provide meals for children on free and reduced lunch plans. Now, Ansley acts as the assistant content developer and social media manager for the Savannah Bee Company.
With all of her impressive experience, it’s no wonder that many would describe Ansley as a purposeful student. She approaches every project and challenge she may face with a determination and poise that is often unmatched. When the world shut down early last year due to COVID-19, Ansley did not. She found ways to build relationships online, and set a personal goal to use that time of isolation to develop her LinkedIn profile and actively seek out new learning opportunities. She also spent her time taking online digital marketing classes and started her own button business. Again, she gave a glimpse of her generous and philanthropic nature in developing her new business as she donated a portion of her proceeds to Black Girls Smile, a non-profit aimed to provide mental health resources for BIPOC women.
Ansley was most excited to join the AdPR department for the opportunities it creates to start a career with more creative freedom than a typical 9 to 5 job allows. She says, “I wanted to be able to employ my creative skills in my career but have the structure of working with businesses either in house or for an agency. I was passionate about connecting the audience with a positive perception of a brand and wanted to make a career out of something creative, positive, helpful, interactive, relationship oriented, etc.” Ansley believes that Grady has provided her with the perfect creative outlet to explore such interests. Her favorite experience thus far was developing a media kit for a local Athens band in her PR Comm class. She explained how accomplished she felt afterwards as she reflected on her portfolio and the impact the project had on a group that otherwise would not have access to public relations resources.
For anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Ansley, they know of her outgoing, friendly nature first-hand. Like many busy bodies, Ansley is extremely approachable and enjoys forming new relationships. “I think AdPR and UGA should know that I am nothing if not approachable. I don’t use headphones to walk to class so I can talk to new people at the crosswalks and elevators. I care about this community and want to be constantly available to anyone who needs me!”
Ansley Cartwright continues to stand-out and demonstrate her work ethic with her achievements. We look forward to seeing what the future will bring her!