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Courtney Lynch

Founding Partner

New York Times Best-selling author. High-value keynote speaker. 20-year leadership expert.

From facilitating executive team sessions, to delivering high value keynotes and conducting engaging workshops to Lead Star’s diverse portfolio of clients, it’s no wonder Courtney’s passion for leadership is contagious.

 As the founding partner of Lead Star, Courtney works closely with all levels of leaders—from CEO’s to frontline team members. She designs and delivers development programs that drive immediate results.

Courtney is also the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success and Leading from the Front and has written numerous articles on behavior-based leadership and organizational excellence. She’s been a dynamic guest on CNBC, FOX News, and CNN. Courtney’s efforts with Lead Star have been noted in publications ranging from Fast Company, and Inc., to The New York Times.

In addition to her work with consulting clients, Courtney served as the Director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Partner Network, convening and connecting leading consultancies with the Center’s innovative thought leadership, research and development solutions.

Prior to starting Lead Star, Courtney’s professional experiences included service as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, an attorney at one of the nation’s largest law firms and as a sales manager for Rational Software. She holds a law degree from William & Mary, an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and completed intensive studies at Cambridge University. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Northern California.

Courtney's Leadership Story

Partial Client List



“Courtney, thank you for being so subtly amazing.  I love your style and strategy for developing leaders.”

Lisa Allen, President & CEO

Ziegenfelder Company

“Courtney Lynch is an extremely effective leadership development professional. She has worked with companies such as FedEx, ESPN, Facebook, Google and the list goes on. Beyond her credentials and clients she has a way of making everyone comfortable and creates an atmosphere that allows for self-awareness and relationship building. A development session with Courtney is worth your time and you will see many future benefits.”

Rick Valentine, COO

Center for Cancer Care

Media Coverage

Change This

Intentional Action: How Leaders Succeed. While we never know exactly how many days are ahead of us, it can be quite valuable as leaders to see the expanse of runway in our futures.

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4 Keys to Building Your Confidence. What’s the one quality that will get you further and help you capitalize on whatever life presents you? Confidence.

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SOFREP Interview

Learn how Courtney Lynch took the leadership lessons she learned from the military and applied them to her civilian career.

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Stop Using "I'm Busy" as an Excuse for Screwing Up. Think about the last time someone around you screwed up, like missed a deadline, forgot to turn in a report or didn't show up on a conference call..

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Washington Post

What Marine Training Can Teach Federal Workers About Leadership. Learn why leadership is an important skill for everyone, regardless of their place on the organizational chart.

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