History is made everyday by people of all ages, and from all walks of life. In order to make sure that all of the people who are making history get recognition for their achievements we are starting a new blog within our usual Black History Makers blog. We will now feature blog posts that focus on our young Black history makers.
Atlanta native Ashley Derby graduated Spelman College in 2006 with a degree in Economics, and she is now on her way to becoming one of the top entrepreneurs in the country. It has been recently announced that she will open the first Chick-fil-A in the lively downtown Los Angeles.
Derby’s history with Chick-fil-A started when she was only 15 and got a job at a local Atlanta Chick-fil-A in order to by herself a car. From there she continued to work for the company through out her matriculation at Spelman. She started Spelman College as a Drama major but changed her major to Economics once she realized her goal of becoming an entrepreneur.
She became a Chick-fil-A franchise owner at 26, making her one of the youngest to ever own a Chick-fil-A franchise. Her success at the University of Southern California Chick-fil-A is what drove to open her second franchise in Downtown Los Angeles. In a statement released by Derby she stated that “the energy in downtown L.A. is palpable,” and “[she] can’t wait to become a part of the growing neighborhood” (Atlanta Business Chronicle).
Derby perfectly portrays how your hard will always pay off in the end. She recently received the prestigious Symbol of Success award from Chick-fil-A. This award is given to Chick-fil-A Operators whose businesses experience high growth. Ashley is an inspiration to young African-American women everywhere. She is a true example of how setting goals and sticking to them will benefit you in the future. Derby is making history and is a positive influence to every Black woman who is trying to be a successful entrepreneur.