William and Mary Law School

Author Courtney Lynch JD '03 to Lecture on Leadership on March 27

Courtney Lynch JD ’03, an author, leadership consultant, and former Marine Corps captain, will present a lecture titled “Leading from the Front: How to be an Effective Leader” on Monday, March 27, at the Law School. The lecture will be held in room 127 at 3:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome.

Lynch will deliver her upbeat, inspirational message that both men and women can become stronger leaders by applying Marine Corps leadership teachings to any challenge they face. “With the proper foundation and principles in place,” says Lynch, “you can be a leader in both your personal and professional life.”

Lynch is co-author of the book Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women which will be featured in the April 3 edition of Business Week. She is co-founder of a consulting firm dedicated to helping women achieve their leadership potential and whose clients have included Wal-Mart, Burger King, and Baxter International. Lynch and Angie Morgan, the firm’s cofounder and Lynch’s co-author, have shared their know-how in interviews aired on CNBC, FOX News, and CNNfn. Their work has also been noted in publications such as Inc. and The New York Times.

Lynch will discuss how anyone can benefit from the Marine Corps’ leadership teachings which stress the acceptance of responsibility, the art of selfless service and the importance of maintaining your resolve during stressful times. With candid, often humorous, examples from her own life, she will examine why you don’t have to change who you are to be a leader and the importance of embracing your strengths and improving upon your weaknesses.

Lynch’s own leadership skills have been put to the test in both corporate and military settings. During her first year as a national sales manager for a software company, her sales team met 126 percent of their sales quota and, during her time with the company, generated more than $30 million in revenue. As a Marine Corps officer, Lynch led units as large as 50 and as small as teams of four. Her distinguished service was recognized with two Navy Achievement Medals and the Joint Commendation Medal.

She is a 2003 graduate of the Law School.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.