Dr Joseph Krajekian
Continuing Education Series 2019- 6hrs CE
Lessons in Leadership:
Connecting Through Chaos
Major General Amy S. Courter
Courter has a very rich and diverse background that includes 20 years leadership at Valassis, a billion-dollar public marketing services corporation. As Vice President of Information Technology and Telecom, she set strategy and oversaw all Information Technology (IT) operations and projects and led her team to a 10-year record of over 95% of all projects being completed on time and on budget. She coordinated the IT systems, processes, and business recovery for Valassis world-wide. In addition, she developed company-wide programs to enhance the corporate working environment and employee retention, assisting Valassis to be recognized in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists year-on-year and into their “100 Best” Hall of Fame. Courter was named “Top 100 Premier IT Leader” by ComputerWorld Magazine in 2001, and a “Notable Woman in Technology” from Crain’s Detroit Business in 2018. She also has worked in the healthcare, not-for-profit, technology and the manufacturing arenas. Courter has been selected to positions on numerous boards, serving both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees. Courter shares her expertise through instruction and executive coaching in Inforum’s Next4Vets program. Currently, she is Principal with Azimuth Centers of Excellence, a leadership development, executive coaching, and public speaking LLC.
Maj. Gen. Courter served as the National Commander and CEO of the Civil Air Patrol, a federally chartered nonprofit corporation and the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, from 2007-2011. She led CAP’s 61,000-plus volunteers in fulfillment of the organization’s three congressionally chartered missions: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education, as well as CAP’s increasing role in America’s homeland security. As CAP’s commander, Courter served as a Major General (2-star), the highest ranking CAP Officer, and was the first and only female to have attained that distinction in the 75+ years of CAP’s history.
Courter graduated from Kalamazoo College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in psychology and education, and secondary teaching certification in psychology, computer science, and mathematics. A field hockey and basketball scholar-athlete, she also studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. Currently she resides in Michigan with Lisa, her spouse.