Ashley Jennings

Managing Director

Ashley Jennings is an award-winning producer, 2X startup founder and diversity in tech evangelist.

She serves as Program Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization and Managing Director of the Texas Innovation Center, where she helps oversee university-wide commercialization efforts for faculty and students in translational research. Prior to this role, Ashley was part of the McCombs School of Business team, driving innovative programming for students across the Forty Acres and cultivating a network of college stakeholders in the startup and VC space.

Through her work in the startup ecosystem, she’s been deemed a top “connector of people and organizations in Austin,” focused on real change around systematic problems for women in the workforce and gender inequality.

Ashley helped co-found and served as Chief Marketing Officer for Texas’ first tech accelerator for women and ethnically diverse tech founders, aimed at increasing diversity in the tech industry. She also co-owned a video production agency as Executive Producer, championing content for clients of all sizes, from local startups to Fortune 100 companies.

She produces for conferences, events and festivals, including SXSW.

Ashley started her career in New York, where she helped launch Al Jazeera Media Network’s American channel, Al Jazeera America, and was part of the ABC News field team who traveled the country covering breaking news, weather and politics.

Her time with ABC News earned her five Emmy nominations along with a Peabody Award and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Her greatest joy outside of mentoring students is being back on campus, where she recently graduated with her Master’s in Science in Technology Commercialization.