Albers School of Business and Economics
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Ashley Burns

Senior Account Executive
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Company Description

Our Vision: To be the pre-eminent leader in giving a powerful voice to innovations that influence markets, inspire people and improve lives.

Every innovation starts with a big idea, but it’s how you tell its story that makes an impact. That’s where we come in. From planning through implementation, we use earned, paid and owned mediums to help our clients make a positive impact and achieve their business goals. And as one of the world’s largest independent communications agencies, we serve clients, not shareholders. A partner to and champion of international market leaders since 1983, we are the stewards of bold ideas and the brave people that bring them to life. The voice of innovation and the catalyst of its impact — in a nutshell, that’s who we are.

Job Description

I tell stories. Talk to journalists. Manage research projects. I'm a professional hoarder of information - that information helps me do my job.

Projects, events and partner work to date includes: NASA
Kinect SDK
Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
Project Detroit with West Coast Customs (formerly of Pimp My Ride)
Discovery Networks (Discovery Channel, Velocity)
Andriod and iOS SDKs
LeWeb Paris
Professional Developers Conference (PDC)
TechEd Europe
Products: Kinect, Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Phone, Windows Embedded and others.

Resulting coverage includes WIRED, G4TV, KTLA (LA Fox Affiliate), CNET, All Things D, TechCrunch, Mashable, Ars Technica, The Verge, MAKE Magazine, among many

Employment History

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (Bellevue, WA)
Turner Construction Company (Seattle, WA)
Global Market Insite (Mercer Island, WA)
Urbanomics Consulting Group (Washington, DC)
Seahawks Stadium & Exhibition Hall (Seattle, WA)


BABA, Seattle University; Major: Marketing, Minor: Japanese
Exchange Program, American University; International Business & Trade Semester Program
School of Visual Concepts: Writing for Digital & Design, Shooting and Editing Video for the Web,

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