ASHA Gabriel

Asha Gabriel

Eight-year-old Asha sat in front of the TV, intently watching Barbara Walters interview interesting people. Barbara was asking her guests the juicy, burning questions and helping them share their stories, and Asha’s wheels were turning….

As the founder and CEO of Meet Bridget, Asha Gabriel is passionate about creating an authentic female community in her wake, by asking the important questions that make us realize how much we actually have in common.

Once a cautious, painfully-quiet, voraciously-reading and ballet-twirling middle child, Asha spent a long time listening and keeping lots of questions pent up. But being a teenager flipped some kind of switch as college neared. Breaking out of her small hometown and moving to UCLA on scholarship, Asha terrified her parents by joining a sorority and signing a modeling contract… but thrived in classes with a demanding and interesting schedule. Asha worked in intellectual property research for UCLA’s Department of Economics while completing runway, print and television modeling assignments representing a broad range of clients (such as Chanel, Gucci, Versace, LVMH, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Panasonic and Target) in 22 U.S. states, Mexico and Bahamas.

Next, Asha worked in investment management with global firm Alliance Bernstein. After attaining her stockbrokers license, Asha partnered with financial advisors to manage over $2.3 billion in AUM. She specialized in analytical support for multigenerational legacy planning through charitable vehicles as West Coast Donor-Advised Fund and Philanthropy Liaison. She also rehabilitated and directed the firm’s L.A. Day of Service Volunteer Outreach Program, recruiting 15 employees to teach 94 high school students to craft college application essays.

After deciding finance wasn’t her end-game, Asha designed an impact-oriented community strategy for cult activewear company Alo Yoga. As Alo’s Global Community Manager, she doubled their endorsement deal network while executing end-to-end brand collateral projects, including the launch of their charitable foundation Alo Gives and the creative production of free yoga videos for their YouTube channel.

Asha graduated on academic scholarship from USC’s Marshall School of Business in May 2019. While pursuing her MBA, Asha programmed with over 300 teen girls through Meet Bridget in events including the first U.S. women’s empowerment summit ever held exclusively for teen mothers. Asha pitched Meet Bridget and won the Grand Prize Championship at the National Net Impact Pitch Competition in 2017. Meet Bridget was selected for the USC Marcil Social Impact Award, 2018 United State of Women Summit Community Partnership, and 2018 Clinton Global Initiative Fellowship. Asha was a 2017 and 2018 Forbes Under 30 Summit Scholar.

Since graduation, Asha has poured her heart into growing Meet Bridget while getting married to her soul mate and starting her family. She also earned a real estate license and sells luxury homes in Newport Beach, CA. Needless to say– Asha is incredibly curious. She believes that life is about relentlessly exploring your potential and helping others realize their own.