Recently dubbed a “modern-day history maker” by Essence Magazine, Courtney Smith confesses this week that she didn't know who she was outside of her very accomplished life. Courtney's national recognition include the Comcast Newsmakers and the Steve Harvey Show. She has also been named to Crain’s Detroit Business “Twenty in Their 20s” list of trailblazers to watch in the region, Michigan Chronicle “40 under 40” honoree, and a double-time recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award.
Despite the accolades, the national recognition, and the forward momentum, Cortney says all those things pale in comparison to knowing who you are. "I think that our culture gets so wrapped up in titles and we forget that if that title wasn't there, who then am I within my identity."
Courtney is currently the CEO of the Detroit Phoenix Center, a nonprofit that provides critical resources to homeless youth and young adults. In the conversation, she shares how her unhealthy affinity for titles negatively impacted not only her ability to lead but also her relationships and mental health. Listen as Cortney's powerful confession takes us on a journey of the hard work of healing and laying aside ego to live an emotionally healthy and whole life.