The Liminal Effect: Ashley Sumner's Movement to Transform Coaching

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This week on the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe connects with entrepreneur Ashley Sumner, founder of the coaching platform Liminal. As a visionary founder on a mission to transform lives, Ashley is breaking down barriers and democratizing access to coaching and mentorship. With over 15 years dedicated to uplifting and connecting communities, Ashley brings a wealth of experience and passion to her innovative work with Liminal. Previously, her venture Quilt provided a vital sense of community during the uncertainty of the pandemic by facilitating open dialogues when people needed it most. Now with Liminal, Ashley is once again innovating, reshaping the traditional coaching model into something more interactive, relatable, and affordable. She is an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere, tackling bold ideas with creativity and care. Joe had the honor of speaking with Ashley on a previous episode of the Uncertain Times podcast during the pandemic, and he is thrilled to have her back to discuss her journey and the powerful impact Liminal is having. Tune in to hear Joe’s conversation with this remarkable founder who is committed to empowering people through access to coaching and mentorship.

About Ashley Sumner: Ashley is a Connection Specialist, and the creator of Liminal, the niche coaching marketplace for daily, bite-size guidance.

Born with a driving purpose to inspire transformation in others, she’s dedicated 15 years to forging connections as a performer, founder, community builder, experience designer, and romantic matchmaker. Her previous stints include NeueHouse, Wanderlust, Primary Stages and Breakout.

Wanting to drive greater impact and build more accessible communities, Ashley launched Quilt in 2017, a social marketplace that took root by empowering thousands of homeowners across the United States to host supportive community conversations in their homes. In 2020, Quilt quickly evolved into a mental health focused social audio app that helped over one-hundred thousand people get through the pandemic.

Ashley is a lifelong seeker dedicated to the practice of self-exploration with the help of wellness practitioners, coaches and therapists from all corners of the world. Her latest venture connects her professional expertise in matchmaking with her passion for personal growth through connection.

Launched in 2023, Liminal is turning the inaccessible and expensive coaching model into an easy, interactive and affordable format, focused on niche coaching categories like style, accountability, spirituality, dating, budgeting, and more. Because every day is easier with a coach by your side.

These days you can find her working by a pool in Miami, like every other New Yorker. When she’s not working, she’s dancing.