ASHLEY TYRNER is the founder of Farmbox Direct, which aims to provide healthy foods in urban areas. She is committed to providing all people access to organize food and disrupting the food policy space.

1. Name three women that inspire you, and tell us why.
I am inspired by my grandmother—she taught me my love of cooking; My daughter because she is so fierce! This kid will grow up to change this world, and Michelle Obama because she speaks her mind and always reminds you to stay above the negative.

2. What has been the secret to your success?

Hustle. That’s it. I had a hustle and a drive that never allowed me to believe I would fail. 

3. If you were going to pass on one piece of advice to a young woman, what would it be?

Spend a lot of time focused on yourself and being the best version of yourself before anything else in life like marriage and kids. You have to have a really comfortable relationship with yourself to be in business. You have to have a lot of faith in what you’re starting because people will try to bring you down. 

4. In the fight for equality, what area do you think needs the most attention?

EQUAL PAY! It is complete madness we are even having to fight for this! Why should I make less money than a man in my position just because I can bare a child and he can’t?  

5. What are you most proud of in your career?

There is so much I am proud of in my career! Going to the White House was huge for my career, equally when Sam Kass agreed to be an advisor to Farmbox Direct. Then there was that Infiniti car commercial I did, which was the 1st global campaign for Infiniti, and it was based around people making differences in our world. I am also very proud of the tough female this company has made me. 

6. Where do you get your confidence?

My daughter. I can’t fail. If I fail, she will see mommy failed. 

7. What makes a woman beautiful?

Confidence and being independent. 

8. What gives you joy?

A farmers market on a warm Spring day. A book, rainy weather, and a cup of tea on my couch—in that order!