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Friday Forum

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Friday, Nov. 16
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

VCU Commons Theater
907 Floyd Avenue

Courtney Ferrell

Creative Thinking Partner. Speaker. Writer.

Topic: Confidence, common sense and your creative spirit


Courtney Ferrell can be found standing at the busy intersection of ideas, energy and people. She spends her time provoking organizations and individuals to think and behave differently. Even Oprah recognized Courtney as an inspiring change agent in the world of imagination, creativity and innovation.

Courtney has worked as a thinking partner to the top executives of companies like Mattel, Disney, Colgate-Palmolive, Fidelity, NBC, Nike, The Discovery Channel, General Electric, Mary Kay and Capital One.

Her witty sense of humor, her energy, and her anything goes change methods have garnered her feature articles in Fast Company, O Magazine, INC magazine, Triathlete Magazine and Style. She’s been a visiting professor of Innovation at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the University of Richmond E Claiborne Robins School of Business, Southern Methodist University in the Lyle School of Engineering and The Kaos Pilots University in Aarhus, Denmark.

Courtney spent seven years living in a high school dorm with her husband, their children and 45 freshman boys. In her free time, she coaches cross country, dreams up social engagement events and writes children’s books. She has recently moved from Dallas, Texas to Richmond Virginia where she is writing a book for young women on the secrets to being extraordinary. A storyteller at heart, Ferrell is never far from her pen or an audience.

Check out her TED talk.

Check out her TED for KIDS talk.