A southern girl with lots of passion, determination, and big dreams, I help socially-conscious entrepreneurs live a life of freedom and purpose. I’m committed to working with entrepreneurs,
I have an unparallel commitment to empowering the next generation of daughters, sisters, and girlfriends that dare to dream big, to find the clarity, confidence, and courage to chase and realize those dreams! That mission coupled with my expert knowledge of online marketing, brand building and years of coding experience allows me to strategically help my clients build 6 and 7-figure businesses. To embrace all of their ‘Badassery’with no apologies, and to LOVE, LIVE and CREATE from the powers given to them. Then use their influence to do incredible good in the world. Nothing makes me happier than watching my tribe step into their brilliance and reach back to help others.
I left Corporate America, packaged my experiences and value, and built a brand marketing business. Years later, a treasure trove of mistakes made and lessons learned, I transitioned my traditional marketing business into an online one. At heart, I’m a business strategist and marketing devotee, wildflower, spiritual gangsta and style connoisseur. I’m a lot allergic to phony, a
I’m a girl with big dreams who yearns to leave a positive mark on the people whose lives I’m blessed to touch. I’ve been on an intentional self-realization journey for a while now. I’ve taken no shortcuts and I’m committed to sharing all the secrets I’ve learned with you. My dream is that together, we’ll inspire and encourage each other to make our rightful impact in the world.
Just like you, God gave me permission to let this little light of mine shine, and I do it with grace and gratitude. I discovered success and achievement in corporate environments early on but knew there was a better path for me. Sixteen years post-graduate school, an M.A in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore, a wicked shoe collection, fifteen years of high-level brand and digital marketing with advertising sales experience under my belt; I LOVE where I am and what I do.
On that wildflower note, while I was in college, I worked as a manager at a modeling school and agency. Not sure why the owner felt I could handle it, but I’m glad she did. The entrepreneur bug was fueled within me, inspiring me to start my own model management gig. I trained, booked and introduced models to major market agencies. I had a blast, made a decent amount of dough, earned lifelong friendships and learned by trial and error how to run a profitable business.
Digital Marketing, which I happened to have fallen into first selling and later managing digital assets and digital marketing campaigns since the early 2000s for some of the largest darling media companies in America is the future. As the universe would have it, God blessed me with a golden ticket.
After running a traditional business off of fumes and exhaustion for years, August of 2017 I reclaimed my time. I found the courage to pursue building an award-winning digital education company.
I did exactly what I’m now teaching others to do. I embraced fearlessness, put on my unicorn cape, dusted off my slay–and fully pursued a new dream.
Together we’ll galvanize the DIGITAL CEO REVOLUTION, one unapologetically revolutionary, impactful and profitable online brand, business and Badass Digital CEO at a time! CHEERS to nurturing your light, stepping into your power, embracing your gifts, welcoming confidence and doing incredibly meaningful work!!
No one is perfect: we weren’t meant to be. We’re meant to unravel, discover, and honor our own highest goodness.
– Courtney @TheBrandista
I’ve been drawn to teaching as long as I can remember. From teaching pageantry and modeling starting in high school up until graduating from college- to hosting over a decade of brand marketing and personal branding workshops later in my career.
I love learning so sharing knowledge has always felt natural. During grad school, I taught Fashion Marketing under Dr. Whitaker for a semester at my alma mater, Morgan State University. Once I decided to take my business online, I immersed myself in online programs after
I spent 2017 touring my first book, Make Your Mark: Personal Branding Through “On -Purpose” Living, sitting on panels and signing books at major women, empowerment and professional conferences. I spoke to thousands of people, not having one online product or program to guide them through the very thing I was encouraging them to do.
It was a harsh wake-up call. Conference after conference, woman after woman– asked how they could work with me. Just as embarrassed as I was flattered, it revealed an ah-ha moment.
The Brandista herself, with a mission of helping people uncover their wildest potential by encouraging them to build brands using their unique gifts and skill set, hadn’t created a platform to show them how to do that.
I was eye-to-eye with a huge missed opportunity. I’d walked into a demand for my expertise in my market prior to creating a product to fill it. Truth is, I’d gotten so caught up in my commitment and responsibility to my consulting clients, I’d forgotten to update my own dreams along the way.
When the tour wrapped, I shared with my daughter and husband how I was going to completely immerse myself in transforming my business over the next few months. They’re both amazing accountability partners. With that, I updated my own dreams and intentionally created a digital business. One that allows me to culminate all of my career experiences, passion and unique gift to live my own best life, and encourage my tribe to do the same.