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Shana Dressler, Executive Director at Google's 30 Weeks
I met Courtney at the THNK School of Creative Leadership in 2014. Watching her develop her business DSIL during our time together was such an inspiration. Many founders choose to lead from the comfort of their homes in the US. Courtney chose to live in South East Asia to be close to social entrepreneurs in that area of the world who previously have had limited access top educational programming. I've seen her in action. She's a true leader, creative thinker, and most importantly....she's walking the walk...making real impact with her growing community of changemakers.
Sarah-Marie Hopf, Ashoka Innovators for the Public
Courtney is a visionary leader in global field-based social innovation education and community building. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Courtney on the development of the first “Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership” (DSIL) program in Thailand and Cambodia during fall 2014. Courtney’s persistence and ability to attract the right people and resources to make her ambitious plans for DSIL a reality was outstanding. Courtney is an excellent community builder, cross-cultural communicator, and synthetic thinker. Her passion for her work and team is palpable. I highly recommend Courtney and look forward to continuing to work with her.
Pearl Phaovisaid, Director, Thammasat University SGS
Courtney is a consummate professional who drives projects and energizes teams to the highest levels of excellence. Her work ethic and commitment are unparalleled. As a lecturer of leadership and human-centered design at the School of Global Studies, Courtney has consistently delivered high-impact courses that shape students into self-aware, reflective, and creative learners/leaders. A scholar and practitioner adept at designing and executing programs and initiatives, Courtney would add immense value to any team looking to tackle big challenges and make big impact. She comes with my heartfelt recommendation.
Paul Apivat Hanvongse, Ph.D., Learn Education
Having worked with Courtney in various workshops/courses, I've been impressed by her professionalism and dynamic personality. Courtney is able to energize a crowd while teaching them to use the latest tools in social innovation. She has been a great asset to the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University. She brings a wealth of different experiences in leadership development and social innovation from her work with DSIL and the U.N. Courtney has given our students real world exposure and has been a role model for budding change agents of the future!
Laura Talsma, Co-founder at PayGo Energy
Courtney is a firestarter - naturally gathering a community of talent and energy around her to drive the change she wants to see in the world. She emphasizes the inherent strength and creativity in traditional communities and brings it to light, translating it to entrepreneurs and designers globally. She's a innovator, inspirator, and tends to ignite energy in people and organizations - make sure you're ready for it!
Vezi Mncwango, Professional Associate at GIBS Business School
I served on the international board of the World Alliance of YMCAs with Courtney for 8 years. Courtney is one of the most versatile and innovative leaders I've worked with around the world. She possesses a rare grasp of the complexity of challenges facing organisations in the 21st century coupled with clarity of articulating options available to respond to these challenges. It was an immense privilege to have worked with Courtney at a global stage.
Adam Selzer, Chief Operating Officer at Civilla
I've known Courtney for more than ten years, throughout which I have seen her undertake a wide variety of challenges with grace, finesse, and determination. Recently, she and I launched a social enterprise which has allowed me to see first hand the breadth of her dynamism, imagination, and fearlessness. There have been countless examples of how Courtney's tireless dedication has advanced a long shot vision towards a tangible reality. This process has required resourceful problem solving in the face of hundreds and hundreds of challenges the likes of which have no rule book. This seems to be one of Courtney's great skills -making things work when the path forward isn't clear. Beyond her strategic mind, Courtney is a people person. I see her constantly energized by interacting with new faces, successfully making others feel comfortable and welcome, and naturally connecting people with each other. This quality of hers is instantly recognizable. Such a gushing and unequivocal recommendation may seem, on the face, hard to believe (lacking objectivity, and all) but anything less would be disingenuous. Courtney is truly one of the great do'ers I've been lucky enough to know and work with, and I wouldn't hesitate to recruit her for any project I'm involved in, from here on out.
Cory Wilson, Director / Producer / Consultant
Courtney is one of the most thoughtful, inspiring and authentic people I’ve ever known. She has the ability to balance big picture vision with all the nuanced details necessary in developing and running successful ventures across cultures. She’s an innovate in her own right, having created hugely successful cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural programs from the ground up at several institutions over the past few years. Whenever I have a big idea, she’s one of the first people I call.
Stephanie Arrowsmith, Innovator at SecondMuse, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Jakarta
I've had the privilege to work and collaborate with Courtney across a number of projects in the Asia-Pacific social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Whether on the field in an Indonesian village or presenting at an international conference, Courtney brings authenticity, passion and integrity to her practice. She masters (and teaches) the art of facilitation with an admirable style - one that is professional and yet personable, to build trust and drive the best results. A natural connector and ecosystem builder, Courtney brings a high level of integrity, dedication and energy to her work, which makes her an absolute joy to work with. When solving problems, she empathises deeply at an individual level, and at the same time can zoom out to see the bigger picture to consider the systems level change required. It's this adaptable perspective, emotional and cultural intelligence and humble leadership that makes Courtney a rare individual and critical mind in the impact ecosystem. I look forward to many more opportunities to learn from her and collaborate in the near future!
John Monks, Co-founder at Impact Hub Candidate Cambridge
I can honestly say that working with Courtney as my team-mate on the THNK program was one of the best experiences of my career. Courtney is diligent, emotionally sensitive and intellectually brilliant - while also very humble. A perfect combination that made for great fun and super work.
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