Ashley Rose Murphy

ME to WE Motivational Speaker and WE Ambassador. 

HIV/AIDS Activist. Change-maker.


Eighteen year-old Ashley Murphy is a remarkable young woman who has overcome some seemingly insurmountable odds. By sharing her personal story as an impassioned public speaker, Ashley raises awareness around the world about HIV/AIDS and inspires people of all ages to harness their own strength to overcome obstacles in their lives.


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Harness Your Inner Strength: DIG DEEP & KEEP GOING

In this keynote you will learn that you can overcome nearly any obstacle and turn a negative in your life into a positive one – make it work for you, rather than against you. You’ll walk away with the tools you need in order to make it through the tough times and harness your inner strength. You will feel inspired and motivated to dig deep and keep going, even when it feels like you aren’t making progress.

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About Ashley


Born to parents who were unable to care for her, Ashley was fighting for her life in the hospital at just six weeks of age. She was born HIV positive, and the condition had developed into AIDS. After a three-and-a-half-month-long coma she was placed into foster care, for palliative care. Predictions of Ashley having only weeks to live proved false as this little fighter surprised everyone by not only surviving but thriving.

Ashley has lived openly with her HIV status since the age of seven, and has been speaking publicly about her condition since age 10. She has spoken at WE Day events across Canada, sharing the stage with personalities like Charlize Theron, Martin Sheen, Martin Luther King III and Magic Johnson.

She has twice traveled to Africa on ME to WE trips to Kenya. On her first trip she met with youth who were also born with HIV. This trip, and the connections she made, had a profound effect on Ashley that inspired her to keep the subject of HIV in the spotlight. On her second trip to Kenya, Ashley was thrilled to be able to lay the foundation of the first WE College. She had donated 100% of her salary for three years to build a school, and to physically have a hand in its construction was truly meaningful.

Ashley has also traveled to Ecuador and Ethiopia on ME To WE trips, and was thrilled to be able to share the Ethiopia trip with her brother Noah, who is of Ethiopian/Eritrean heritage.

In honor of her 18th birthday, Ashley launched a fundraising appeal that raised $120,000 for HIV research.

Ashley’s story has inspired many people around the world—especially others with HIV and medical professionals—with the message that we can all overcome our challenges, and use them to help others. She encourages people to forgo “normal” and become extraordinary.

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