Ashley Sharp

Member Since 2022

Ashley Sharp

Executive Director

Dwell with Dignity

Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Ashley Sharp is the executive director of the Texas-based nonprofit Dwell with Dignity, where for four years Sharp has led countless designers, donors, sponsors, and more than 1,100 local volunteers on a single mission: to create safe and beautifully designed living spaces for families to escape homelessness and poverty. A trained dancer with an entrepreneurial mindset, Sharp spent seven years in the Dallas arts scene, working with notable organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Nasher Sculpture Center, before heeding a calling to servant leadership and pursuing a career in social services. A survivor of home insecurity and domestic violence, Sharp became personally aware of the challenges facing mothers and families living in transient, often unsafe living situations. Her own experiences fueled an understanding of the ubiquity of home insecurity and the need for safe, sustainable housing solutions to help families thrive. As executive director, Sharp is working with the Dallas City Council on policy changes to create affordable housing that is also beautiful and serene, creating valuable social impact in communities. Under her stewardship, Dwell with Dignity has grown from serving 180 people to more than 7,000 a year. Sharp has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including being named to the Dallas “40 under 40” list and a nomination for leadership excellence. In addition to her work with Dwell with Dignity, Sharp is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and a TEDx organizer. Along with degrees in arts administration and performance, she holds a master’s in public affairs from UT Dallas, a certificate from the Women’s Campaign School at UT Austin, and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in executive leadership at UPenn. Sharp has also been in over 60 musical productions, and once trained as a dancer with the New York City Rockettes.


SKILLS

  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership
  • Nonprofits

RECENT CONTENT

October 11th, 2022

Business, busyness, and burnout 

An honest conversation needs to be had about employee burnout and how businesses can prevent it.

July 27th, 2022

You are your best advocate

Here are a few best practices for becoming your own advocate in a way that’s assertive, humble, and effective.

July 25th, 2022

Nonprofits, it’s time to put your people first

Too many charitable organizations let employee compensation, well-being, and engagement fall by the wayside. Ashley Sharp, Fast Company Executive Board member and Executive Director of Dwell with Dignity, explains how she cultivates a people-first culture—while still accomplishing her organization’s mission.

June 30th, 2022

How Dwell with Dignity’s Ashley Sharp turned a nonprofit into a life-changing entrepreneurial venture

Under her leadership, the organization has grown in four years from a small, bare-bones non-profit that served around 180 people to a social entrepreneurial venture operating on an astonishing (for a charitable organization) 60% earned revenue.


COMPANY INFO

Dwell with Dignity

Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit organization based out of Dallas, TX, with a mission to help unhomed families lift themselves out of poverty and thrive by creating safe, beautiful, affirming living spaces. The organization partners with local community groups, leveraging donated household items, monetary donations, time and talent to help families. Dwell with Dignity provides homes that are furnished and designed thoughtfully, with the family’s aesthetic and needs in mind. Recently, Dwell with Dignity has also started designing and creating spaces for nonprofits, such as call centers for 911 first responders, student resilience centers, teachers’ lounges, meditation and pumping rooms, and even homes designated for women veterans — always with the goal of creating spaces that are functional and practical and promote health and recovery. A social entrepreneurial venture, Dwell with Dignity operates in part on earned revenue from its annual Thrift Studio, a 30-day pop-up shop at which high-end donated furniture and other items are sold to the public. Proceeds allow Dwell with Dignity to continually house families for free by combining these funds with philanthropic donations. The organization has also partnered with local NPR and PBS affiliates to design spaces, as well as the Dallas Mavericks, Toyota, the Container Store, and Habitat for Humanity. Dwell with Dignity has seen “powerful generational impact” from its housed families, with more than 90% reporting sustained employment, improved academics, and positive social connections. The organization has routinely been named a Best Place to Donate, and won a Dallas Award for Outstanding Innovator in 2021. Dwell with Dignity has been featured on Dallas Morning News, Fox, Forbes, and HGTV.


INDUSTRY

Social impact & nonprofit