At age 26, I beat cancer. But five years later, doctors told me that a routine scan of my brain showed an aneurysm that was about to rupture.


I had a series of three brain surgeries in 2011 to remove the aneurysm. During those months I spent lying in bed, in pain so intense I wanted to die, I realized I had a choice for how I could move forward. Now I teach others how to make that same choice.


Kristie Grey

Federation of Insurance Women of Texas

“Courtney had every person in the room captivated by her every word. It is sometimes hard to find a speaker that fits the needs of the majority of our members, but Courtney’s message applies to all age groups, men and women. She was a delight to work with in the months leading up to our event and of course was very professional in every way at the event. We will invite Courtney back to speak to us again in the future.”


I designed my presentations to help organizations adapt to change and crisis when the stakes are high. I’ve done the research and I’ve lived it: I know that resilience in the face of major stress is possible, and I know how to get it done. Audience members who hear my presentations say my strategies make it easier to manage change, cope with anxiety, bounce back, let go of “the plan,” and get clarity when life, love, or work throw you a curveball.


I love to work with what I call “Pillar Professionals”TM – people whose roles require they remain solid, like a pillar, regardless of chaos or change around them. Typical Pillar ProfessionalsTM are often found in education, healthcare, administration, customer service, sales, and IT. The people in these roles are called on to be highly resilient because of the pressure of their work and their critical position at the foundation of their organization.


When I’m not on stage working with one of my incredible clients as a motivational speaker, I’m serving my community. In fact, my research shows that giving back to others is the singe best way to get perspective on our own struggles. So I volunteer as the President of the Austin chapter of the National Speakers Association, and I’m on several nonprofit boards. I got my Masters Degree in Philanthropy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  I’ve been honored with the Leadership Austin Ascendant Award, as well as my high school’s Distinguished Alumnae Award.  I’ve also been recognized by Austin Monthly magazine as one of “20 in their 30s,” and by GivingCity magazine as one of 2012’s “New Philanthropists.”


Yvonne Boyack

Promotional Products Assn. Intl.

“Thank you for the excellent educational content we were able to provide to our attendees. We had great feedback on all of your sessions!”



But my volunteer work also gave me the best gift ever. Right after I launched a small nonprofit in my hometown of Austin, Texas, my husband Jamie and I were at a volunteer day when we met a young high school student with dreams of college and success as a musician.  Anthony is now a college graduate, a small business owner, and our son! While Anthony soaks up the LA sun, Jamie and I live in Austin, Texas with so many rescue animals we’ve lost count.


If your event needs a motivational speaker and a boost in resilience, contact me below so I can create a customized presentation to help your group adapt faster and achieve more. I look forward to working with you to deliver an unbelievable experience to your group!