Senior Vice President, Learning + Development
As an adjunct professor of communication studies at the University of San Francisco and a PR practitioner with a 10+-year tenure at Allison+Partners, Courtney combines her education and agency backgrounds to build programs that help employees reach their full potential, including in-person training, webinars, mentoring, tuition reimbursement and employee awards. Previously, Courtney ran Allison+Partners’ Social Impact group in Northern California, which helps organizations drive positive social change through media relations, social marketing and public education. Her client experience includes Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Goldman Environmental Prize, Skoll Foundation, TransFair USA, UC Berkeley and Zipcar.
Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Courtney managed media and community relations for a San Francisco nonprofit that helps lower-income women start their own businesses. She began her career at Ogilvy Public Relations and holds a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why?
Our three founding partners, who taught me that being nice and successful in business are not mutually exclusive.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An Olympic gymnast. I got hooked on the sport as a toddler watching the Summer Olympics.
What’s your most treasured possession?
My travel diaries, including a Greek-language instruction booklet I made during a 1.5-year stint on the island of Paros and watercolor drawings of the plant life in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico.
What was the best advice you ever received?
Swallow the frog (i.e., tackle your most difficult task first thing in the morning).
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in the last year?
People are much more alike than they are different – thanks to hosting an Allison University for our lovely colleagues in Beijing, China.
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