Ashley Crunstedt


What do you really do at work?
My group is the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (AAPOS). My bread-and-butter is meeting planning, but I also assist with the marketing and communications for the organization. It is such a honor to work with such a passionate group of volunteers; and pediatric physicians are easily the most fun group of people to work alongside.

Describe your Perfect Day.
Step 1 – sleep in.
Step 2 – spend time with my husband and our little dude.
Step 3 – calories don’t count… I’m going to eat all the cheese, wine, and desserts.
Step 4 –go get a massage.
Step 5 – listen to live music.
Step 6 – repeat step 3.
Step 7 – go to bed at a reasonable hour.
(If someone could clean my entire house while I complete steps 1-7; that would be great!)

What’s your Superpower?
While sometimes I may be screaming on the inside, my superpower is to be the calming presence onsite at events or in otherwise stressful situations. Let’s keep it Zen.

What’s your life motto?
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  Be kind, always.”  Robin Williams

What inspires you?
Working mamas! Like Beyoncé says “Who run the world? GIRLS!” I find inspiration from moms out there that balance their careers along with raising a family and the never-ending tasks of home life.

Her Story:

Ashley has more than 15 years of professional meeting planning experience in both the association and hospitality industries. Prior to her work at GMP, she was the director of events for a global luxury hotel representation firm. She also spent more than 10 years producing events of all kinds worldwide for a Minnesota-based association management company.

Ashley graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a degree in Journalism.  She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and loves to be a lifelong learner.

Ashley loves to swim, travel, and try new restaurants.  She currently lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats.