An award-winning Creative Director, Courtney leads creative direction at Droga5 for iconic brands including Amazon Music, Hennessy, The Africa Center, Chase Sapphire and others. She is also the proud Founder and CEO of the Museum of Nail Art (a.k.a The MoNA), set to open late 2023.
Formerly Creative Director of PAPER Magazine, it was there she led original ideas and disruptive thinking for brands like Nike, Samsung, American Express, GAP, Target, Hulu, HBO, VH1, BET, AMC, Sorel, Uniqlo and more; while working with celebrities including Zendaya, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish, Laverne Cox, Michaela Coel, Janelle Monáe, Megan Thee Stallion, Zendaya, Colin Kaepernick and others. A cultural conduit, she also spearheaded the editorial PAPER.
Courtney was recently named an inaugural ADCOLOR Leader and inducted as a ‘Culture Shifter’ in the 2022 Creative Class, an annual recognition of groundbreaking Black thought leaders and entrepreneurs by The Creative Collective NYC. Minted by Campaign US as a 2022 Female Frontier Award recipient for ‘Conquering Creativity’ and 2021’s ‘Creative of The Year’ by ADCOLOR and The One Club, she also was named a 2021 Trailblazer alongside Dr. Bernice King, Deborah Cox and others at the 6th annual Black Women in Media Awards.
Throughout her career, Courtney’s work has been nominated by ADCOLOR, shortlisted by the ADC Annual Awards, and honored by The Webbys and The Brandies; while racking up numerous awards, including a Gold ADDY, a Gold Davey and multiple Telly, Shorty and Muse Creative Awards. In 2019, she was named one of the ‘Top 150 Dope Women Doing Dope Things’ by The Well and inducted as a ‘Woman Worth Watching’ Honoree in 2021 by nonprofit, Black Girls 4 Gratitude. A proud Black in Corporate mentor and Black Girls Code creative marketing volunteer, she is also a TEDx moderator, lauded speaker and sought-after panelist.
Courtney has been featured by outlets, including AdWeek, Ad Age, Muse by Clio, PopSugar, Bustle, Refinery29, XONecole and more. Her creative thinking has also been acknowledged, praised and sought after by none other than the one and only, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
Courtney graduated from Howard University with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication & Media Studies and a Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the American Marketing Association, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Alliance for Women in Media and serves on the Board of KINFOLK, Droga5’s affinity group for Black employees.
Courtney credits her early beginnings watching her uncle direct music videos for the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Master P & No Limit Records and others with igniting her passion for storytelling and birthing her creative intuitions. Always using her professional journey as a tool for pushing culture forward, Courtney is passionate about being an advocate for underrepresented creatives of color and female creatives. She continues to make it her life mission to being a change agent for diversity across creative industries while creating things that move people.