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September 2008: Courtney Banks is definitely a woman CEO who has never heard of the word "can't". Her groundbreaking work in the area of national security at such a young age (under 35) is amazing. Courtney, who holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown, tells us about her challenge to rise to the top in a mostly male dominated industry:
"My interest in Homeland Security started when I was a young girl and saw the television adaptation of Herman Wouk's miniseries, The Winds of War. I knew from that point on that I wanted to work with the military when I grew up and over time that interest expanded into working with law enforcement and in homeland security as well. I was fortunate enough to have been well educated and afforded a lot of opportunities as a child to be exposed to an educational philosophy espoused by many of the role models around me that to whom much is given, much is expected, and I suppose that that altruistic sentiment settled in to my consciousness over time, enforcing my desire to work in support of people who serve others besides themselves. Though certainly many professions fit that bill (teachers, doctors, etc.) the field of national security – as I had originally viewed it in the television epic- stirred an interest in me that I never lost.