For this week’s IT Alumni Story, we talked to Ashlie, an OU grad and Marketing Strategist at WeGoLook. Here, she talks about about her favorite things in OKC, what success means to her, and the lasting friendships she forged in OU IT…
Who are you?
My name is Ashlie Cornelius, and I’m a Marketing Strategist at WeGoLook. We are a mobile technology company based in Oklahoma City that deploys thousands of people called ‘Lookers’ from a nationwide network to inspect and verify information; essentially helping clients make real-time decisions. I have over 12 years experience, and I specialize in digital marketing, SEO, and user engagement/experience.
I am an OU grad, with a BA in Advertising and a minor in MIS. I currently reside in OKC and enjoy riding my bike, taking my dogs for walks around Lake Hefner, playing on a kickball league with my friends, going on day hikes in the Wichitas, and attending yoga during lunch with my coworkers. I also am the co-founder and VP of Oklahoma Women in Technology, a nonprofit organization of professionals in the technology industry, with a determination to bridge the gap between genders in STEM fields. People would describe me as positive, easy going, always smiling, and the life of the party.
What does success mean to you?
One of my favorite quotes is, “She’s mad but she’s magic, there’s no lie in her fire.” To me, success is doing something you love and never giving up. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am in my career, I have that fire that never dies and am always looking to learn new things in everything I do; it’s not about getting it done, but making it successful.
How did IT enable you to be successful?
One of my favorite things was getting to work with all the different teams and people. I learned a lot and got to work on some really cool projects. The first year I was there, my boss asked, “How can we get more students to sign up for email?” The back-to-school event when I moved into the dorms in 2001 was literally just a few tables in the fields between the dorms. That year we worked to get sponsors, design t-shirts and get other campus groups together so students would have a one stop shop when moving into the dorms.
Being encouraged to contribute ideas, execute them, and feel like a part of a team are values I have taken with me through my career that have always made me hungry for success. I also got to work on the contract to make the whole campus have wireless internet, and the Microsoft campus agreement that allowed students to download Office for free. It’s crazy to think back about the cool things I got to do and be involved in.
How did your time at IT help to define who you are now?
I’ve always had a strong desire to work in technology and was fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of great mentors. Their guidance opened me to get a minor in MIS, not just limiting myself to what I liked at the time, which was “doing art with a business side.” By opening up my skill set to include technology, it has opened so many doors in my career that I may not have had without my knowledge of websites and managing computer systems.
What’s your favorite IT memory?
My favorite memory was my birthday every year. My coworkers at OU IT would always do something to make it really special, whether it was ordering me a cheesecake from Dallas, or planning dinner on the patio at the Mont. I had just turned 18, and it was the first time I was away from home–to have a group of people go the extra mile to make you feel part of their family was very special to me. The best part is we are all still friends today, and I love seeing them. And 16 years later still celebrating my birthday at the Mont!