What are your goals in your role at your company?
I am responsible for developing and managing integrated marketing campaigns for multiple clients including the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Kemin Industries, Foster Group, Food Bank of Iowa and Murphy Tower. For these clients, I create and execute comprehensive public relations plans that focus on public awareness and media relations.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
I proudly serve as vice president of Healthy Birth Day, a nonprofit that encourages expectant parents to Count the Kicks and monitor baby’s movement during the third trimester of pregnancy. Our organization just launched a new campaign called Save 6,000 Babies to decrease the number of stillbirths across the nation.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
My family is my biggest passion. My husband, Bret, is incredibly supportive and is always there for me. My sons, Beck (5), Barrett (3) and Blaine (1), are beyond amazing and full of energy. The love my family has for me makes me more happy than I could have ever imagined. They are my everything.
What is it that drives you?
Over the past several years, I have helped increase interest in and awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in Iowa from 26 percent to 51 percent. The more people aware of STEM education, the more educational opportunities are available to our children. My drive comes from wanting all young Iowans to have the best education.
What are your future aspirations?
I want to help get Count the Kicks in every state across the nation. I also want to continue to increase interest in STEM education and teach at a collegiate level.
Four reasons she’s a Forty:
1. Courtney serves as the board vice president for Healthy Birth Day, helping lead communications efforts including the Save 6,000 Babies campaign.
2. She serves on the board for the Central Iowa Public Relations Society of America. Over the past three years, Courtney has won six awards at the annual chapter award ceremony.
3. Courtney is in the GDMLI Community Leadership Program class of 2017. Her class project is helping Pinky Swear raise awareness in Des Moines.
4. She volunteers her time at Food Bank of Iowa’s Winterset Mobile Food Pantry.