Ashlee Klienert -is a serial grilled cheese lover and a big fan of the generous community within Dallas, TX. Influenced by the positivity and problem solving attitudes of those around her, she is an entrepreneur in the not-for profit and for-profit worlds.
Ashlee and her husband Chris co-founded Executives In Action, a charitable organization that generated a human resource capital investment of $5.2 million among 200+ nonprofits in North Texas. Their “caring hearts, business smarts” idea matched C-suite executives in stages of professional transition with local nonprofits needing assistance in projects requiring business skills sets. Executives In Action grew beyond North Texas and merged with catchafire.org in 2016. This partnership expands the platform and impact of North Texas skills based volunteering to a national level.
Ashlee founded Ruthie’s Rolling Café, a food truck business with passion and purpose. Awarded the Best Grilled Cheese Truck in the Country in 2015 and 2017 by Mobile Cuisine, Ruthie’s serves the best variety of grilled sandwiches on wheels. The belief that an act of kindness is never wasted fuels the “Ruthie’s Snacks of Kindness” program. In partnership with caring individuals, local businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Ruthie’s team feeds and/or delivers goods to unsuspecting groups at various shelters, schools, businesses and more.
A native Dallasite, Ashlee’s been given the opportunity to learn about the unique issues and needs of the community throughout her life. Current and past board involvement includes Rebecca Bender Initiative, Shelter Ministries of Dallas, New Friends New Life, The Junior League of Dallas Community Advisory Board, The Dallas Women’s Foundation Board Chair, Genesis Women’s Shelter Alliance Board Chair, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics, Methodist Health System Foundation and Senior Source. Ashlee is also a member of The Dallas Assembly and the International Women’s Forum-Dallas.
Ashlee and Chris were honored recipients of the EFNT North Star Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Wilkinson Center “Can Do” award. Ashlee also received the Dallas Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential, Inspirational and Charitable Women in Business Award. She met her husband Chris on a blind date when both were students at Southern Methodist University. Her faith and family are her greatest treasures.