Courtney Powell | Under 30
Courtney Powell
Courtney Powell
Courtney Powell

Courtney’s story started long before being recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top CEOs under 30 and isn’t without a lot of hard work and dedication.  What happened her senior year of high school changed her life forever.  She got pregnant.  The news of the pregnancy was terrifying and knowing that she had to provide for another life was a challenge that seemed to be too much to handle.  She hadn’t even been to prom yet.

For Courtney, dropping out of high school and finding a job wasn’t the path she wanted to take.  She committed herself to finishing her education and was driven to not settle but to succeed.  As in life, often things don’t go as planned and the ones who succeed are those who persevere.

So that’s exactly what she did.  She moved away from the comforts of home and the support of family, with a newborn in tow and enrolled in the University of Texas which wasn’t even the hard part.  Just because she was committed to get a degree, that didn’t change the fact that she had a little one that needed to be care for.  Courtney hit the ground running and while in college turned her good ideas into small ventures.  Slowly but surely the work started to help make ends meet and pay her tuition.

Courtney was a natural business leader and was learning that taking chances was one of the most important skills one can ever learn.  At the age of 20, she was faced with an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up and followed her dream to join a startup company.  She was their first employee and was key in helping the company to earn more than 50 million dollars a year in revenue.  Not bad, right?

It was obvious to Courtney that being an entrepreneur was in her blood.  It was her passion and she loved turning an idea into a concept and then success.  At the age of 25 she left the startup and formed LeedSeed an enterprise marketing automation for Fortune 500 companies.  LeedSeed has become a powerhouse and has such clients as Polycom, Rackspace, Verizon, Cisco–just to name a few.

You would think Courtney would need to sleep at some point but she had more to do.  Courtney learned from her own experience and turned that frustration into a million dollar idea.  She launched PublikDemand where customers could move from frustration to having their issues resolved.   Courtney and her team created a website that leveraged the power of social media to embolden the voices of everyday people.   The company is giving the power back to the consumers…the way it should be.

Courtney’s incredible journey is one of determination, passion and a commitment to get creative. “It isn’t just the professional world that helped me.  I’ll always remember the moments I thought I couldn’t make it and somehow found the strength to carry on.”



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