By Bethany Good
Ainsley Cain is the Program and Events Coordinator here at Cowork Frederick. She is also a realtor with Keller Williams, a running coach, and an aspiring gluten-free baker. Ainsley has experience in many different industries, including event planning and sales, hospitality, construction, higher education, and more. “I like to keep things interesting, and I try to focus my work on things that make me happy, or I feel passionate about,” she says.
Ainsley is the proud mother of a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Athena. “I’m a single mother, and my daughter is the absolute love of my life.” In 2021, she moved from Nashville, Tennesee, to Frederick to be closer to her family.
Ainsley is an avid long-distance and marathon runner. “I have a Master’s degree in Exercise Science which I never really put to use until I discovered how much I love running marathons and ultramarathons,” Ainsley explains. As the Vice President and Training Committee Chair of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, she uses her passion for the sport to encourage other runners. In her spare time, she coaches half and full-marathon training programs through the club.
Why we love Ainsley
Ainsley has been a fantastic addition to the Coworok Frederick family. Her energy and bubbly personality are infectious. Her dedication and tenacity are inspiring. She brings a fresh, positive perspective to every task and interaction. We love having Ainsley around!
Q&A with Ainsley
What inspires you and keeps you going?
My motivation is to carve out a path for myself that supports my daughter and her needs but also brings me joy and fulfillment.
Cowork Frederick members tend to be a little unconventional. How does that apply to you?
After constantly trying to grind and advance my career in the corporate world, I got tired and decided I didn’t want to do that anymore. COVID was a blessing because it gave me much more time with my daughter. Work is essential to me, and I always strive to do my best, but having a work/life balance is my focus at this point in my life.
I also try to stick to work that makes me feel good and helps others. Whether providing educational opportunities/engaging programming, helping someone buy their first home, or helping someone realize their athletic abilities… it makes me feel good and like I am making a difference.
Which of the guiding values defined by Cowork Frederick members speaks to you?
Tenacity is actually the word I have chosen as my mantra or guiding principle for 2023. Becoming a long-distance runner has shown me that humans can do much more than we believe. You can find so much joy and a sense of accomplishment when you put yourself out there and refuse to back down. For me, that is really compelling. I think I’ve been pretty tenacious in my running life, and I am looking forward to challenging myself to apply this principle for the rest of my life.
Any tips for time management?
Creating a schedule and sticking to it has impacted my businesses and work the most in the past year. I used to struggle to get things done because I didn’t manage my time well, and I have a lot of responsibilities on my plate. Creating a schedule has helped me significantly improve my productivity. Now I can manage all my paid and volunteer work and training program and still have plenty of time for quality time with my daughter.
Why Cowork Frederick?
I love being surrounded by people who want to be where they are. There is a lot of good energy in the Cowork Frederick building, and it inspires me to work harder than I would if I was alone in my home office.
For those who want to learn more, how can you be reached?