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Ashley Bearden Campbell

Ashley Bearden Campbell, 35

Partner

Impact Management Group

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Making partner at one of the most esteemed political communications firms in the South.
• Having a proven track record of helping my clients achieve their goals.

Community involvement
Executive director of Arkansans for Improving Maternal Health, a nonprofit focused on increasing awareness and supporting efforts that address access, affordability and quality maternal health care across the state; former board member of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

Professional aspiration
“To do good and meaningful work that makes Arkansas a better place.”

Career dream as a child
“To go to culinary school and become a chef.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Maternal health. We lead the nation in maternal and infant mortality rates and have to do a better job at addressing the barriers and preventive challenges we face as a state. I am encouraged to see this become a priority for our policymakers.”

First job and lesson learned
“I got my first job the day after I turned 16 in customer service. I learned so many lessons such as the importance of having quality communication skills, the intricacies of operating a small business, and the importance of taking every opportunity to learn from leadership and my peers.”

Learning from a mentor
“Both of my parents are my mentors. My mom was an elementary schoolteacher for many years in the lowest-income school district in the state. She played a pivotal role in helping her students realize their potential and encouraging them to follow their dreams. My father is one of the hardest working people I know, and I watched him build a company from the ground up and truly earn his success. They both instilled in me the value of cultivating relationships and investing in people, the importance of showing up for others, especially in life’s toughest moments, and to never take anything for granted.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Celebrate! You’ve worked hard to earn this recognition!”

Most fulfilling career moment
“I have so many, but having the opportunity to work together with my father and being able to celebrate success together is very meaningful.”

Most valuable lesson
“Your words and actions are powerful. You never know what someone else has going on behind the scenes, so take every opportunity to make a positive impact on those around you. There is no effort too great or small. ”

Professional “aha” moment
“Working my first legislative session as a lobbyist. I was very hesitant to get into politics, but I quickly realized the power of conducting yourself with honesty and integrity, creating an environment of trust, and the fulfillment of being a part of something much greater than myself.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Supporting policies and economic development initiatives that put family first and encourage a healthy work/life balance.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The people. You’ll never meet a harder working population. I believe living in a small state is a blessing, and the ability to build connections and easily find commonalities is powerful.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Continuing to grow our firm and being able to include my daughter in community involvement and charitable work.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Don’t take yourself so seriously. We put so much pressure on young people to have it all figured out as soon as they finish high school. But I believe this time should be enjoyed and filled with exploration and the opportunity to make mistakes and try new things. Who you are at 18 does not have to define who you become later in life. Take the risks, capitalize on opportunities to travel and find new things, and give yourself grace.”

One word to describe you
“Thoughtful.”

How you define success
“Success to me is whatever brings you intrinsic value. While I believe in working toward your own dreams and big goals, I also think it’s so important to celebrate small victories and support the dreams of others. My biggest marker of success will be leaving a legacy that my daughter is proud of.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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