Courtney B. Spaeth is a recognized expert in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors, and is a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues.
Mrs. Spaeth founded growth[period] in 2007, and as CEO she has successfully guided the company through the acquisition of Potomac Recruiting, the development of growth[period]’s mergers and acquisition support vertical, and a rebranding initiative. As a result of her leadership, growth[period] has a proven track record of helping companies in both the Federal and commercial sectors achieve smart growth through business development. growth[period]’s broad range of clients includes: Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Genesys, Stanley Black and Decker, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical, HIG Capital, SAB Capital, and many other Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to founding growth[period], Mrs. Spaeth served as Corporate Vice President of Homeland Security for Raytheon Company. While at Raytheon she was responsible for developing the company’s homeland security business in North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia, and in less than two years her efforts resulted in new revenue of over $1 billion USD. Before Raytheon, Mrs. Spaeth served as Director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin, where she won over $3 billion USD in new business.
In 2000, President Clinton appointed Mrs. Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the Assistant in Charge of Global Terrorism Issues. Previously, Mrs. Spaeth served as the Director of Force Health Protection for the Gulf War Illness Task Force in the Department of Defense, where she was a subject matter expert on combat stress management. Additionally, Mrs. Spaeth has also worked at the Department of Justice in the Criminal Antitrust Division, and in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President in the White House.
Mrs. Spaeth has extensive experience as a corporate board member, and serves on the Board of Directors for a number of private companies, non-profits, and professional associations, including: Momentum Aerospace Group (MAG), Marymount University, The Stimson Center, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Hope for the Warriors. She is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council for George Mason University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Advisors for AtmosAir Solutions. In addition to her Board work, Ms. Spaeth belongs to several professional organizations, including the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.; the 2024 Olympic Washington, D.C. Due Diligence Committee; the ASIS Council for Combating Terrorism; Violence and Political Instability; and the Foundation for Art Preservation in Embassies (FAPE).
Mrs. Spaeth recently received the Vigiano Family 2015 Hope and Courage Award for Service to the Veteran Community. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation and was named as one of five finalists for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards in the Executive Leader of the Year Category by the Fairfax, Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She was also a Finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and was the 2010 winner of the “Heroines in Technology” Award.
Mrs. Spaeth appears regularly in national and trade media, including: Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, Women of Influence magazine, and SmartCEO magazine. She holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Art Degree, with honors, in Military History from the University of Pennsylvania, and recently completed her Governance Fellowship through the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Currently, Mrs. Spaeth resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband and children.