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Camp Mighty and Charity Water

So, way back before I had a job, I registered for Camp Mighty, a weekend retreat in Palm Springs to learn to Live Better, Get Smarter, and Do Gooder. I’ve been sooo envious of all the neat women who have been lucky enough to be invited to Mighty Summit, so I figured this was my best chance at getting to know some of them, learn cool stuff like how to pop champagne with a sword, put together my own Life List, and raise money for charity:water.

Cut to many months later. I’ve started a new job at a startup, I’m crazy busy, we’ve had weddings and parent’s retirement parties and site redesign launches and new product launches. I can barely come up for breath, Camp Mighty is THIS WEEK, I have yet to crack # 20 on my Life List, and charity:water needs our help.

charity:water is a non-profit organization which helps bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects. Water crisis disproportionately affects women and children; the time they spend gathering water is time that can’t be spent going to school, learning, starting a business, raising children. Want more facts? Watch Water Changes Everything:

Ready to act? Any amount helps. You can read more about what your money will do and then donate on my Camp Mighty Team Two donation page – just remember to put my name (Ashley Veselka) in the comments. While you’re there, watch a couple of the other campaign videos to see the charity:water team in action, bringing clean water to those who desperately need it.

Now I’ve got to get cracking on my Life List…


I’m UX Architect at ClimateCorp!

First off, this post is way overdue. I started a new job in May 2011! As you may already know, I’m now the User Experience Architect at The Climate Corporation (formerly known as WeatherBill):

The Climate Corporation Helps People and Businesses Adapt to Climate Change
The company’s unique technology platform enables the real-time pricing and purchasing of customizable weather insurance using proprietary global weather simulation modeling and local weather monitoring systems.

The company protects the $3 trillion global agriculture industry from the financial impact of adverse weather – the cause of over 90% of crop loss – with fully automated weather insurance products.

The company was founded by a couple of ex-Googlers, and they were recently backed by Google Ventures, so as expected, I feel right at home. The offices are right by South Park in the SoMa district in downtown San Francisco, so my commute is so much better than it used to be. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I’m so inspired by The Climate Corporation’s mission and the things this team has in the works! In October we launched the rebranding and an all-new site design, this month we launch our 2012 Total Weather Insurance product for Corn and Soybeans (you may have seen my soybean costume for Halloween), and there’s more to come.

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gettin’ busy!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting my resumé and portfolio site together. Last week I started interviewing for UX design positions in the Bay Area, as well as meeting with some companies about doing freelance work in the interim. So I went from what felt like no social interaction (house hermit) to interaction overload (social butterfly) this week. I even got gussied up and had some interviews. And it’s only just begun. This week is shaping up to be even busier than the last. Whew!

Sorry for the lack of pretty pictures recently – my Canon Digital Rebel XT finally gave up the ghost (after 6 years) in the same week that my relatively new, darling Nifty Fifty lens decided it’s innards were best left attached to my lens hood. Not sure if the lens is fixable, but the camera is done for. I need to put some serious time and effort into researching the best camera fit for me, six years later – I’m leaning towards Canon again, but I could be swayed.

With my camera out of order, it feels like I’m missing so many great shots! I suddenly have tons of ideas for photo series that I can’t wait to get started on. They couldn’t have occurred to me six months ago, no… they have to come to me now that I’m super busy and without camera. Ain’t that always the way?