Conquering the Glass Ceiling with Dr. Cortney
Conquering the Glass Ceiling with Dr. Cortney
Meet Dr. Courtney Baker
Dr. Cortney Baker is an award-winning entrepreneur, host of the podcast Conquering the Glass Ceiling with Dr. Cortney, TEDx speaker, and a nationally recognized authority on women’s leadership. She has been featured on FOX News, Forbes, iHeart Radio, and Huffington Post, among other publications. As a leadership expert, mentor and business coach to female entrepreneurs and mother of three, she is passionate about inspiring and empowering women to go from side-hustle to CEO.
Dr. Cortney is the author of the best-selling book The Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Business Leadership: Lessons to Lead Effectively and her most recent book, Unlimited: Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling. Dr. Cortney was named the 2016/2017 Texas Business Woman of the Year, and is the founder and CEO of KidsCare Home Health, an 8-figure healthcare organization in Texas and Colorado. She holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, where she concentrated on understanding and advancing women at the highest levels of leadership.
Dr. Cortney currently resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, children, dogs, and rescue kitty.
How did you get inspired to start doing what you do as an influencer in your industry?:
My research showed how few women are at executive levels of leadership, but I also found research conducted by LeanIn along with McKinsey & Co. that said women are more than 100 years away from gender equality at the top-levels of leadership. That pissed me off. I have 2 daughters and that's not good enough for me, or for them.
And as an entrepreneur who's had incredible success in starting and scaling my own business, I wanted to mentor the next generation of leadership, female millennial entrepreneurs, to help them start and scale their own service-based businesses. So now, I help female entrepreneurs go from side-hustle to CEOs!
We often have a book, podcast, video, or event that stands out to us and is instrumental in shifting our perspective in business. Do you have one that has been a significant impact for you moving forward? If so, can you share?
What was instrumental in shifting my perspective was the research I'd done. That and hearing how many women hold other women back on their career journeys. And that angers me. So I decided I'd do something about it by providing business coaching to female entrepreneurs.
What are some of your biggest lessons learned over the years and what are you applying to your business today that is working for you?
I think the biggest thing for me, personally, was realizing that your purpose in life changes as you grow.
After realizing incredible success in business, I felt empty.
I didn't know what I wanted to do in life. I was in my early 40s and knew that I had so much to give. So that's why I started coaching.
What has been your biggest challenge and how have you worked to overcome it?
Feeling like I didn't have a purpose once I finished my doctorate degree and written my book. What i did to overcome it was lean into the research I'd conducted and determined that I'd do my part to solve the gender gap by helping women be CEOs of their own companies. Rather than spending their entire careers building other people's businesses, I wanted to help women realize their own potential/worth and support them on their career climbs of being CEOs and business owners.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
Earn your air- give back and invest in others.
What’s your best advice for handling criticism?
If they aren't in the arena getting their ass kicked too, then they aren't entitled to have an opinion that matters to me.
What do you believe your true purpose is? What value and impact do you hope serve and give to others?
My true purpose is to invest in others and help them see and believe in their worth. That and show what servant leadership is through my actions.
How do you structure your days?
Honestly, I create a running list of all my to-dos and prioritize them based on what's due and when.
How do you find time to follow your entrepreneurial journey while juggling other life responsibilities?
I'm not great at juggling life responsibilities, but it's definitely a balance. I get up early, I work late, and I can get a ton of stuff done in the middle. Prioritizing and creating systems have helped save me.
What tools do you find indispensable in your day-to-day business?
Social Media is such a gateway for influencer’s today. What platforms work best for you and why do you choose to use them the most?
I knew the people I desired to help the most were on Instagram, so I really invested in learning that. I'm also on FB, and I'm more versed in that, personally, but I am a work in progress.
What are you tips for maintaining a present influence on these platforms and how do you encouraging continued engagement with your following?
I ask questions, I speak conversationally, and let them know that I've been in their shoes before... I'm here for them and want to support them on their journeys.
What can people expect to see when following you?
Encouragement, business advice, and support.
What do you believe set's you apart from others in your same industry?
I've had incredible success offline and am now transferring that success to the online world. I don't know how many people can say they lead a team of nearly 500 people and are giving back to help support others on their journeys... At my heart, I'm a servant leader. It's not about me, it's about what I can do to give to others.
What’s next for you?
I'm creating an online course called From Side Hustle to CEO and moving into doing more group coaching than traditional one on one services. I'm taking my own advice and scaling! The course launches May 14 and I'm so excited to share my knowledge to support others on their journeys.
Are you involved in any organizations, foundations, or clubs?
I'm an Ambassador for the American Heart Association, as my sister died of a heart defect when i was 16, and she was 20. I am also a stroke survivor- I had a stroke at the age of 37 and underwent a 7 hour brain surgery. After I recovered was when I went back to school and earned my doctorate degree in leadership from Pepperdine University.
Lastly, what legacy do you hope to leave behind and imprint do you hope to make on others?
My mission is to continue to show the love and grace of Jesus through all that I do. I hope to draw others into accepting Christ as their savior by showing them a true picture of who He is, through forgiveness, mercy, and love, and not judgment and legalism. When I die, I want to hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Where can people find you?
Instagram Handle: @drcortneybaker
I’M WHITNEY KAY
JUST YOUR AVERAGE MOM, WIFE, AND MULTIFACETED BUSINESS WOMAN. I AM A SERIOUS COFFEE ADDICT, FOODIE, DESIGNER AND DEEP DOWN A LITTLE BIT OF A TECH NERD. MY PASSION? TO INSPIRE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS TO PERUSE THEIR PURPOSE AND BUILD THE BUSINESS AND BRAND OF THEIR DREAMS.
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