Courtney

Senior Vice President of Operations for the SEEK Division. I lead a team of amazing people, which is absolutely my favorite part of the job. This role requires me to have a finger on the pulse of our organization as well as an eye on the bigger picture of our strategic direction. I work closely with our Division President to set and implement strategies 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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  • Problem Solver. Creator of Opportunities. Chief Integrator.

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

The Science of Wellbeing: Yale’s most popular online course is now free on Coursera.com. I am in the middle of this 12-week program, but already feel profoundly impacted by it. 

As a perpetual learner, the science behind topics like “gratitude” and “savoring” and “connection” is fascinating to me. I find myself digging into the supporting academic studies and theories beyond the practical assignments. Seriously, google “Hedonic Treadmill” and “G.I. Joe Fallacy” and tell me you don’t want to sign up for this course!