Over the past 15 years, Cortney has advocated for youth and alumni in the foster care system and she is also a former foster youth. She was in the foster care system for 10 long years. The day she turned 18, she was suddenly on her own faced with adulthood and no direction. Her life is an example of how the tragedy and trials you experience can be used for good and propel you towards your purpose in life.
Cortney finds joy in helping others find their true potential, while inspiring youth and adults to never let their past situations determine their future. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas A&M-Commerce and Master’s degree in Social Work emphasizing on Administrative Leadership from Texas State University-San Marcos.
She is a remarkable social worker and a dynamic motivational speaker, whose speeches are based on life trials and tribulations and how she has overcome adversities to inspire others across Texas. Cortney recently adopted her two cousins from foster care. She embodies “Be the Change You Want to See in The World”.
When Cortney is not working, she enjoys movies, poetry, traveling, live music, and spending time with her friends and family. Cortney’s personal mission in life is to Never Give Up and to Engage in every opportunity that present itself, Encourage others to be their best selves, and to Empower people to accomplish their life goals.