Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Ashley K. Perkins, SBC Communications

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Ashley K. Perkins, SBC Communications

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Like most working mothers, balancing work and family life is something Ashley Perkins is focused on achieving every day.

It is my most important challenge and my most difficult, said Perkins, who considers raising a blended family her most significant personal accomplishment.

Being a stepmother has been a roller-coaster experience. From the day they were placed in our custody, I knew that I was to play an important but difficult role in their lives, she said. As unpleasant as parts of the journey still seem, love, prayer and determination have caused a real family to grow where two unrelated groups once lived.

Perkins, external affairs manager for SBC Communications, is quick to point out that her 7-year-old son helps keep her grounded when work gets stressful.

Get over it Mom, it's only phones!

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Perkins has spent more than 15 years in the technology and communication fields. As external affairs manager, she manages day-to-day activities related to legislative, municipal, community and external affairs and works closely with businesses and community leaders across all of Oklahoma County. Prior to her current position, she was a regional sales manager responsible for the sales teams in the medium business market. In the past, she has also worked for The Rock Island Group, WilTel and DataTimes.

Her community involvement includes serving as board member of Citizen's League, American Red Cross, Junior Achievement, Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni and Automobile Alley and as commissioner on the City of Oklahoma City's Urban Design Commission.

Perkins serves on the boards of the Capital Chamber of Commerce, Del City Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Executive Women's Forum. She also serves on the board with SBC Pioneers, St. Mary's Episcopal School and the Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council. The member of Rotary Club 29 and graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXI has served as co-chair of Downtown in December from 2001-2003 and was co-chair of the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast last year. …

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