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Ashleigh MacPherson | Rising Star


As a runner, Ashleigh MacPherson always knows how to go the extra mile. That’s what she did in helping to organize local races in Nixa, where her firm, MacPherson Law, also sponsors the Lake Freebird race to benefit the Boy Scouts as well as a “color run” for kids. As part of her efforts to encourage more women to get involved in male-dominated fields, she helped establish a scholarship for girls who want to pursue law careers. MacPherson has served on the Nixa Community Foundation advisory board, which supervises scholarships for local students. The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law graduate also does volunteer work for Legal Services of Missouri.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be? I was always drawn to the creative or culinary arts, architecture and fashion. As a child, I imagined that I would do something in one of those fields and even considered a degree in architecture during undergraduate school.  However, I eventually felt that a law degree would be much more versatile – and would require considerably less math.

What’s something about you that not many people know? I am a fairly good seamstress.  My grandmothers taught me to use a sewing machine as a young girl, and together we even designed and sewed several of my formal dresses for school dances.  It’s a handy skill to have, especially when Halloween comes around.  Even though I promise myself every year that I will just order something online, without fail, I will be sewing late into the night putting the finishing touches on all the costumes. My boys just assume that I’m capable of making anything, so it seems that each year they challenge me with an even more complicated design.

What is the best advice you ever got — or best advice you have to offer? As a young girl, I remember seeing a poster hanging in our local barbershop that said, “The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”  For some reason, this idea really resonated with me. … There is no other feeling like the joy that comes from a completely gratuitous gift of yourself to another without any expectation of something in return.

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