Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change.
Ashleigh Axios is a national board member — President Elect and Executive Committee Chair — for AIGA, the professional association of design.
At Automattic, a technology company on a mission to democratize publishing and commerce, Ashleigh formed and led the in-house creative agency for marketing, communications, and brand identity solutions. Prior to her role at Automattic, Ashleigh served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House, bridging two presidential terms in the Office of Digital Strategy. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers with regular meetings, a yearly conference, and online course. Read Ashleigh's resume to learn more about her professional history.
Ashleigh is a graduate from, and an alumni advisor to, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She lives and works in Washington, DC with her husband, Nathaniel Axios, and their two cats.
2016, 2017, 2019
Recognizing Power Women in Code, Design, and Data based in the Washington, DC region based on the nominations of the community.
Introducing the dynamic black women who were responsible for keeping President Obama’s administration running.
Recognizing those who exhibit the professionalism, hard work, values and talents to lead tomorrow’s business culture.
Recognizing those who embody the spirit of the creative community for their talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service.
Offscreen in 2018
28 Black Designers in 2018
The United State of Women in 2016
HOW Design in 2015
GDUSA in 2015
Ashleigh has spoken at dozens of conferences, colleges, marketing and design events across the globe. She often speaks about design leadership, innovating in intense environments, inclusion in design and technology spaces, design in government, and the intersection of design and culture. For a complete list of past events and information on upcoming talks, see the Speaking page. Invite her speak at your event through the Contact page.
Following are some speaking highlights.
HOW Design Live
AIGA Design Conference
Hopscotch Design Festival
The D&AD Festival