Courtney has found success by living her life as a leader. Notable achievements include her nine years of service as a Marine Corps officer, managing a top-notch sales team for Rational Software, earning her law degree at William & Mary, practicing at one of the nation’s leading law firms, and creating Lead Star (www.leadstar.us)-- a premier leadership development consulting firm that works globally with leading organizations.
She has also served as an elected official and recently spent time living in the UK during which she served as Chief Operating Officer of a rapidly scaling technology company.
Beyond Courtney’s government and corporate accomplishments, she is a business owner, thought leader, and New York Times best-selling author of Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Success (a practical guide to leading better at all levels, complete with numerous free resources (slide decks, videos, and handouts) to lead book studies throughout an organization), Bet on You (which details a step-by-step process for winning with risk) and Leading from the Front (a business classic and one of the top-selling leadership books for women.)
Her success has been recognized throughout her professional career, but most recently she was awarded the National Stevie Award for Best Female Entrepreneur and BusinessWeek profiled her achievements as a leadership expert. A dynamic guest on CNBC, FOX News, and CNN, Courtney’s efforts with Lead Star have been noted in publications ranging from Harvard Business Review and Fast Company to The Financial Times.
Courtney is married to Patrick Lynch and is the proud mother of three children. She resides in the Washington, DC area.
· Becoming an Influential Leader
· Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary
· Six Steps for Leading your Best Life
· How Leaders Win with Risk
· Five Ways for Women to Lead Well
· Practicing Accountable Leadership
Having delivered speaking engagements for more than 500 clients, Courtney is always willing to customize her proven content to incorporate conference themes, goals, and audience needs.