… author, TEDx speaker, and advisor to corporate executives, leading entrepreneurs, and talented business and PhD students around the world.

My focus is on empowering women (and some brave men) to lead from within, rather than chase an external draining idea of success.


In today’s 24/7, never-unplugged culture, getting through a day often feels like a full-contact sport – bruises and all. Despite the billions of dollars raked in annually by the wellness industries, statistics show that more of us than ever are stressed, depressed, and anxiety-ridden – with high-achieving women disproportionately sitting at the top of the burned-out, run-ragged pack.
Here’s how I’m working to change that…



I’m passionate about mentoring and training leaders (especially female leaders) to see that the change we need now is within us. I call this ‘educating’ because my work follows a non-linear path of “educing” (bringing forth) your genius. I believe that we are the answer we are seeking and that when we’re living in alignment with our highest values and ideals, magic happens.


From the TEDx stage to keynoting for leading companies and universities, it’s an honor to share my message with audiences I love! My most recent keynote for the University of Oregon’s Women In Business gala event was profiled as “unforgettable to see the pure joy, laughter, and love radiating around the room during Cortney’s time on stage. Everyone was fully immersed in listening, learning, and connecting with one another. Cortney truly taught us to get out of our comfort zones, dig deep and live in the moment.”


My book, Change Starts Within You: Unlock the Confidence to Lead with Intuition was selected for Inc. Magazine’s “26 Favorite Books of High Achievers” and has been described as “‘‘Eat, Pray, Love’’ meets ‘The 4-hour Workweek’.” Also as a contributing writer to mainstream business and entrepreneurial publications, such as HuffPost and Success Magazine, my work merges sustainability and wellness, business strategy and self-help insight.

Giving Back

Activating and elevating the potential of others is at the heart of my business model. So I participate in mentoring programs, pro-bono speaking events and panels, and I also support organizations around the world that are dedicated to educating and providing opportunity to people who wouldn’t otherwise have access, including She’s The First, Girl Up, and Kiva.

On a personal note…

I LOVE running in the hills; homemade pasta and cheese on top of anything; traveling and living globally; singing and playing music (new love: the ukulele!); dancing; romcom cinema dates with my girlfriends; drawing and reading with my daughter; and self-exploration via meditation and personal care. And I love YOU for being here, for reading all of this, and for joining me in becoming more of who you are every day.