Courtney

Senior Vice President of Operations for the SEEK Division.  

I work closely with the President to set and implement the company strategy. I love crunching numbers and identifying patterns in data, so I am perpetually analyzing our business to identify ways to better serve our clients and develop amazing consultants and project managers. For me, it’s all about finding the right opportunities to elevate those around me to do their best work and be their best selves. 

In addition to that, I am also focused on ensuring a successful integration of systems, processes, and business activities after SEEK was acquired by Directions Research in December 2018. 

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What's your background?

I grew up in a small town in Indiana and worked in our family business since kindergarten.  It wasn’t until I went to college at Purdue University (boiler up!) that I realized my dad had been teaching me about business strategy and marketing that whole time. While at Purdue, I discovered my love for marketing and consumer research.  Figuring out what makes people tick, how to influence behaviors, and how innovation can improve lives is my jam. 

My career path has been a bit untraditional, as is becoming more and more common for millennials.  I worked in corporate Consumer & Market Knowledge at P&G for 5 years before coming to Seek in 2010.  After losing my father in 2012, I took what I am now calling my “3 year Entrepreneurial Sabbatical” or “Broadening Assignment” where I opened my own women’s fashion boutique. While I loved running my own business, I knew it wasn’t the right business for me, in the end. 

I am now joyfully back at SEEK.  All my experiences have led me back to this position of leadership, and I know that I am in the right place at the right time.

Favorite book, quote or song?

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Umm...easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” - Michael Scott

Something you’ve written or found inspiring

Brené Brown always inspires me. Her latest book, Dare to Lead, may be her greatest, in my opinion. Her decades of research on shame, empathy, and wholeheartedness have tremendous applications in the modern workplace. Her words and coaching has helped shape how I think about giving and receiving feedback, working through conflict, being brave enough to fail and resilient enough to rise. I stan Brené

And also, I am very inspired by the Brooklyn-based retailer Package Free Shop. The founder, Lauren Singer, is a leader in the Zero Waste Movement through her blog Trash is for Tossers. All of the trash that she has produced over the past 5 years fits inside of a 16oz mason jar. What I love is that she never shames her readers for not living the way she does, she just gently educates on small behavioral changes we can all do to make a big difference. I stan Lauren, too.