Currently, less than 5% of Fortune 500 companies’ CEOs are female. That’s 24 women—out of 500 companies. Dr. Cortney is inspiring women to narrow that gap.
In 1993, six months after graduating from high school, she put dreams of attending college at Texas A&M on hold and instead became a single teenage mom. Watching her friends leave for college, she was instead forced onto Medicaid, food stamps and double-shifts as a pregnant waitress.
Despite those immense obstacles, she launched a successful and transcendent business career.
Through a combination of passion and persistence, Dr. Cortney earned her Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and founded KidsCare Home Health.
In 2005, Dr. Cortney suffered a pulmonary embolism and in 2012 endured a stroke that required a 7-hour brain surgery. Despite seemingly insurmountable health odds, she quickly rebounded, earning her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
She is currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board for KidsCare, a multi-million dollar enterprise providing speech, physical, occupational, and nursing services to over 2,500 children with special needs from Texas to Colorado. She has also authored Unlimited: Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling and the best-selling book, The 10 Dos and Don’ts for Business Leadership: Lessons to Lead Effectively.
When not getting lost or making a stop at Whataburger for her beloved Diet Coke, Dr. Cortney resides near Dallas with her husband, two children, two dogs and a rescue cat.
Dr. Cortney was named 2016/2017 Texas Businesswoman of the Year.
- She started KidsCare when she was 4 months pregnant after being told by a business consultant not to do it—3 times!
- Her family has adopted 2 children in Zambia, Oliver and Fostina
- She’s directionally challenged and gets lost—often (her kids even have to give her directions)
- She’s the cat with 9 lives: she had a pulmonary embolism in 2005 and a massive stroke in 2 places in 2012, undergoing a 7 hour brain surgery
- Her guilty pleasure is a large Diet Coke with easy ice from Whataburger
Contact today to discover how Cortney can inspire the women in your organization to confidently advance their careers.