Courtney Klein rocks! She tackles life with innovation, inspiration and determination. Not only has she started two companies, New Global Citizens and SEED SPOT, each with an impact of social good but she also crushes endeavors like completing an Ironman without being a swimmer, a cyclist or a runner. She always aspires to live in the moment and she inspires others to take action and reach their dreams.
Thank you Courtney for participating in my interview series!
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHO ARE YOU?
A dreamer; one who believes that anything is possible.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TOY OR GAME AS A CHILD?
Lincoln logs were the best; I remember building these elaborate cities and roadways and having the “Weeble people” cars drive through and move in. I was also a big fan of Connect 4 and Chutes and Ladders – have vivid memories of playing those games with my sister and grandmother.
WE MET AT HATCH, A COMMUNITY THAT UNITES CREATIVE THOUGHT LEADERS TO HATCH A BETTER WORLD. HOW WOULD YOU HELP TO HATCH A BETTER WORLD?
We met at HATCH, a community that unites creative thought leaders to hatch a better world. How would you help to HATCH a better world?
I believe in the power of people with dreams – those bold enough to do something that no one has done before; those willing to take the gamble to fix problems or build better solutions to societal issues. Thus far, my work in HATCHING a better world has been to empower and support the dreamers of the world.
HOW TO YOU ACTIVATE CREATIVITY?
Give me a blank sheet of paper and a problem to solve and it comes out – I am very problem/solution driven when it comes to creativity. I try to think like a 5 year old when solving problems – the more adults say the idea is outlandish – the better it is.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?
Yoga, exploring new places (the more rural the village the better), writing, speaking to/working with young people, and most recently - painting.
WHO IS OR HAS BEEN YOUR MENTOR? WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE DID S/HE GIVE YOU?
I have been really fortunate to have several incredible mentors over the course of 31 years. One dear friend and mentor reminded me one day that “There is never any reason to doubt yourself, plenty of other people will do that for you.” It is a mantra I remind myself of regularly.
WHAT IS YOUR PLACE OF INSPIRATION?
Gosh, being around young people – the next generation. Throw me in a room full of high school or college kids and let me support their ideas and I get all fired up. I also gain a lot of inspiration from meditation or yoga – finding the balance of calm and peace in a world that sometimes feels chaotic.
IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE TWO TOOLS TO CREATE WITH ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
A strong hatchet to build my own set of Lincoln Logs (life size) and a canvas to find natural objects full of color to paint and tell stories with for whomever happened to land on the island next (that’s the optimist in me).
WHEN IS BREAKING THE RULES OKAY?
When it helps someone, contributes to the greater good, or shakes things up in a way that positive change is the end result.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND HOW DID THAT INFLUENCE WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
I grew up in Arizona and while most people may not think of Arizona as the land of innovation and dreams – we brought water to the desert…back in the day – that took some serious gusto. There are also a LOT of things that can kill you in this state…it takes some serious willpower to survive a summer… so I think I people build up a natural tolerance to push through challenges. It is also a small town. While Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the country – the ability to get a meeting or gain access to something of influence is not hard.
YOUR FIRST FORAY INTO BUSINESS WAS NEW GLOBAL CITIZENS. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT?