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Spotlight on Ashley Wu, Founder of Maison

Meet Ashley Wu mom of two and founder of Maison, a members club designed for women at the intersection of work and wellness. Through Maison, Ashley is committed to giving women space to breathe, to connect and to create. When I first visited Maison and met Ashely, I was blown away by her vision and the environment she had created. From group round tables to a cozy fireplace lounge to prosecco on tap (yes, please!) Ashley didn't overlook a detail. I knew Maison was a sanctuary that we wanted to be a part of and shortly after my visit it became our team co-working space and home to our latest pop up. From now until March 31st, we have taken over the Maison retail space. If you're in New York City and interested in visiting email for an appointment. Read on to see the space and learn more about Ashley!

We are so grateful to be a part of the Maison community. You have created such a beautiful space for women to work, connect and relax. Tell us more about what inspires you.

Thank you so much! I’m constantly inspired by people’s stories. By their journeys and experiences, good and bad, and their perseverance and motivation to keep going. I have gotten to meet so many incredible women who have created beautiful brands with powerful missions to improve the lives of others, and I find that so inspiring.

What have you found most rewarding about the journey of opening Maison?

The most rewarding part of opening Maison has been when my members are surprised to discover that Maison is so much more than what they needed it to be. A member who joined last fall told me recently, that she needed a place to work and found Maison to meet that need, and then she started joining our lunch and learns, and Founders’ breakfasts, and shared with me that Maison gave her so much more than what she was looking for, a community.

What is one piece of advice you would give to mamas trying to balance motherhood and a career?

That it’s impossible to do! I have a lot of things I want to tell mamas, like go easier on yourself, they won’t remember, prioritize yourself! I think it’s possible to have a career and be a mother, but I think it’s hard to feel like you’re doing both really well at the exact same time. AND THAT’S OK! There are times when your career needs more of your attention, and there are times when your home life needs it more. I think the only thing that helps a woman feel ok about her mom and a career status is giving some attention to her own needs. Regularly scheduled moments to recharge, connect with friends and interests that give us a more dimensional life. It really does take a village to feel whole.

What were you like as a kid?

Ha! I was such a tomboy! I played in the dirt, rode my bike, rollerbladed all over the neighborhood, hit tennis balls against my garage door, anything I could possibly do outside, I did! I was very introspective, and unphased by what others were doing and always looking for my own way to do it.

Who are three women that inspire you daily?

My mom, Taylor Kelly who works harder than anyone I’ve ever known, and my friend Laurie Messman, who is an actual saint.

What is your favorite Rose & Rex toy?

How can I possibly choose one! I love the Everyday Playdeck, I love that a toy brand is encouraging kids (and parents) to get creative with the stuff that is already laying around at home. Allie has curated the most beautiful edit of toys that add to the richness and joyfulness a home with children should have!
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