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Ashley Schaer

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Your Fractional COO

Your Data and Process Guru (Left-Brain)

I began my professional journey while working for the City of Portland. You’re probably thinking that government is the last place you’d expect your fractional COO to emerge but hear me out.

Working in this capacity gave me over a decade of real-world experience leading major system implementations, large scale process improvement strategies, and managing multi-million dollar budgets. I learned best practices and methods of project management, business, and financial analysis. I worked closely with multiple bureaus to manage the complete overhaul of the city's enterprise business solutions, stood up a data governance, and established financial management practices, thereby revamping how the city did business. Back then, various stakeholders would approach me with myriad challenges. In time, I became known as the "data and process guru" as more and more city agencies turned to me for data-driven insights and improved process efficiency.

Yet, even as my career with the city flourished, I knew I wanted to fulfill my own vision… by starting my own business.

I've Been in Your Shoes
While working at the City of Portland, I co-founded and served as the COO of a company titled BIT-PRO Inc. which sold in 2017. I reflect on this time as valuable business education. Most of what I work on with clients, I worked on myself, along with my co-founder at BIT-PRO Inc. It was only a few years after the sale of this successful venture, I left my role at the City of Portland and continued my path as a silopreneur.

Your People Expert Emerged (Right-Brain)

After leaving the City of Portland, I immersed myself in bleeding edge brain science. I successfully completed hundreds of hours of training, exercising the right-side of my brain. Talk about a (mental) workout—but it was all worth it. I’m became certified in behaviors and motivation psychology and the practice of executive, leadership, and team coaching.

In 2020, I launched the Center for Advanced Leadership as its CEO, offering world-class leadership coaching and development programs for business leaders. It didn't take me long to realize, I couldn't succeed alone. I partnered with another executive coach and in doing so, the Center for Advanced Leadership took off. A few years applying my left-brain approach to right-brain business challenges, I soon found I was spending too much of my time coaching corporate execs instead of small business owners and entrepreneurs. This led me to seek new ways to directly impact my desired clientele. 

Your Fractional COO
Along with my prosperous career in government, I have successfully founded, scaled, and sold two businesses for a considerable profit. With the education and experience exercising my right- and left-brain talents, I am now primed and ready to apply my skills, abilities, and enthusiasm to your business.

Bottom Line: 

No matter if you are a right-brain visionary or a left-brain technical thinker, you face similar challenges—juggling your business’ people and processes. I am uniquely qualified to be your strategic partner so you can master both components.

To learn more about me, I encourage you to check out my LinkedIn profile. If you’ve read this far, it’s time to get to know each other. Let’s schedule a call to turn your business dreams into a practical, profitable reality.

How I Became The People And Process Expert

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