Courtney Stanley is recognized globally as an award-winning changemaker, compelling keynote speaker, energetic event emcee and acclaimed creator of the women-inspired podcast, Dare to Interrupt. Through her leadership and use of voice, Courtney has earned seats on prestigious international boards of directors as the youngest member ever inducted. She has spent 10 years helping women, young professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations engage in game-changing, impactful conversations that empower individuals to tap into their true potential, improve team and culture dynamics, and drive meaningful change. Personally, she is most proud of her work to prevent sexual harassment and assault through the launch of an events-centered social movement, #MeetingsToo.


With a degree from Central Michigan University in experience design, leadership studies and business hospitality, Courtney helps people from all walks of life fiercely lean into the power of leading with empathy, build confidence and advocate for themselves and others, and seize “silver lining” opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Her mission to empower women and ambitious professionals through vulnerable, meaningful dialogue has resulted in changed behaviors and altered approaches to leadership on stages and in boardrooms throughout North America and internationally.

Through her customized keynote presentations, Shaken, Not Stirred: Transforming a Setback into Your Greatest Comeback, #OUTSPOKEN: Owning Your Mic Drop Moment, and The Essentials of Empathy: Changing Culture, Building Trust, and Cultivating Leaders, Courtney inspires audiences, teams and individuals to trust that empathy, grit and integrity are the keys to success. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and loves spending summertime enjoying her state’s beautiful Great Lakes and wine country.

"Operating on the belief that everyone has the ability to shine in their own right, Courtney pursues what she believes with passion and drive. I can’t say enough about her quality of presentations and who she is as a global citizen and champion of women. A powerhouse of strategic and creative ideas, she has mastered the perfect balance between inspiration and guidance while allowing for individual growth and exploration of ideas. In recent years we have seen massive progress in the voice given to women in the workforce, and it’s due to people like Courtney leading the way." - Christine Mack, Themed Entertainment Association


Lynn M.


Courtney was a motivational and inspiring leader as the group worked to improve the experience for our young professional members and students. Courtney showed great patience and encouragement, which I believe led to our group's successes. Courtney has supported me in the industry by encouraging me to always take the next step, take risks, and believe in myself. Her kind words and guidance over the past two years has been extremely empowering and deeply appreciated. Courtney is kind, compassionate, and a cheerleader for what she believes in. It would be an honour to work with Courtney again, and an opportunity I would jump at.

Trevor L. 

The Highbell Group

Energetic, passionate and thought-provoking leader. Courtney is unapologetic in her quest to push the boundaries for change. Her body of work and track record in a short time has and continues to help catapult our industry into the future. I’m proud and lucky to have been witness to this first hand and look forward to her continued contributions.

Thorben G.


Courtney is one of the most exciting people I have ever worked with. She's a go-getter and gets stuff done. The nice twist here is that Courtney is not a Wolf-of-Wallstreet-kind of go-getter, but someone who really and deeply cares about ethics and team. This is a rare trait that I have not observed in many people, being helpful, understanding, but also brutally honest and straightforward when it is necessary.

Lorie T.

 Grand Valley State University

If there was ever a "higher than high" recommendation - Courtney would definitely receive mine! She was, and continues to be the most amazing, profound, and intellectually insightful young professional I have ever met. Hire her to speak, coach or consult? You would be crazy not to -- I promise you this, if you need to take your organization or team to the next level, Courtney is the one for the job. She certainly made an impact on our program. I wish her every success and know that whatever she touches will turn to gold!

Christine M.

 Themed Entertainment Association

Courtney is the quintessential changemaker. A champion for all, she is fearlessly leading the way to a brighter, better future by sheer will and example. I have been fortunate to have her as my coach, and I can’t say enough about her quality of coaching and who she is as a global citizen and champion of women. She’s supportive, enthusiastic and believes whole-heartedly in what she does and what she stands for. A powerhouse of strategic and creative ideas, she has mastered the perfect balance between support and guidance while allowing for individual growth and exploration of ideas.