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Reaching New Heights: Becoming a Leader in Animation

Do you love your job, but see yourself taking on more responsibility? Do you ever wish you could have more of an impact within your field? Then you might be a leader in the making! Animation professionals of all disciplines are invited to join us as we discuss career development and pathways to leadership. We’ll chat with experienced guest speakers about how they climbed the ranks, the traits and skills that make a good leader, and the advice they wish they’d known on their way to the top!

In this circle we’ll discuss topics like:

  • Self-development
  • Goal setting
  • Self-advocacy
  • Recognizing and seizing opportunities
  • Fighting imposter syndrome
  • And more!

This circle is great for folks in any part of the pipeline–artists, prod staff, tech, anyone who wants to learn more about stepping into their leadership potential!

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:

2-3 years

4+ years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice

Dates:  Thursday

Meeting Times: Evening (EST)

Circle Leader

Ashley Kohler

Ashley Kohler is the multi-hyphenate head of motion design and animation studio Awesome Incorporated. Ashley launched Awesome Inc in 2006 after eight years at Cartoon Network, bringing her experience and artistry to the company’s foundation. Supervising both creative and production, Ashley’s hands-on approach can be seen throughout Awesome Inc’s distinctive body of work and visionary team of talent. Ashley’s creativity, attention to detail and ardor for animation help distinguish Awesome Inc in the crowded field of content creation.

Ashley has led teams on over 150 episodes of series animation for networks like Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Hulu, and IFC, while also supervising commercial, promo, and packaging projects for clients including FX, Cartoon Network, Wieden+Kennedy, and Nickelodeon. She is passionate about improving diversity in animation and empowering artists throughout the Southeast, and serves on the board of directors for ASIFA South.


Title/Expertise:  President / Executive Producer


Company:  Awesome Incorporated


Location:  Atlanta


LinkedIn / Website:
linkedin.com/in/ashleykohler