2024 Creative LIAisons Coaches

Courtney Richardson

Creative Director
New York
, United States of America

An award-winning and highly sought-after Creative Director, Courtney leads creative direction at Droga5 for influential brands including Amazon Music, Hennessy, Chase Sapphire, Ad Council, Coors Light and others. She is also the Founder of the Museum of Nail Art™ (a.k.a The MoNA™ ), set to open in 2024. Formerly Creative Director of PAPER Magazine, it was there she led original ideas and disruptive thinking for brands like Nike, Samsung, American Express, GAP, Target, Hulu, HBO, VH1, BET, AMC, Sorel, Uniqlo and more; while working with celebrities including, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish, Laverne Cox, Michaela Coel, Janelle Monáe, Megan Thee Stallion, Zendaya, Colin Kaepernick and others. A cultural conduit, she also spearheaded the editorial PAPER series, BOOKED x BUSY, a popular column spotlighting Black-owned brands and Black entrepreneurs.
In 2023, Courtney was recognized as an inaugural ADCOLOR Champion and inducted into the Creative Collective’s 2022 Creative Class, an annual recognition of groundbreaking thought leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world. Minted by Campaign US as the ‘Conquering Creativity’ winner of the 2022 Female Frontier Awards, Courtney was also named ‘Creative of The Year’ in 2021 by ADCOLOR and The One Club. That same year, she was honored as a ‘Trailblazer’ alongside Dr. Bernice King and Deborah Cox at the Black Women in Media Awards.
Throughout her career, Courtney’s work has been shortlisted at Cannes, nominated by and won at ADCOLOR and honored by The Webbys and The Brandies; while racking up numerous awards, including a Gold ADDY, and multiple Telly, Anthem, Shorty and Muse Creative Awards. In 2019, she was named one of the 'Top 150 Dope Women Doing Dope Things’ by The Well and inducted as a ‘Woman Worth Watching’ Honoree in 2021 by nonprofit, Black Girls 4 Gratitude. She is also a TEDx moderator, lauded speaker and sought-after panelist.
Courtney has been featured by outlets, including PBS, AdWeek, Ad Age, Muse by Clio, PopSugar, Bustle, Refinery29, XONecole and more. Her creative thinking has also been acknowledged, praised and sought after by none other than the one and only, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Courtney holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media from the illustrious Howard University, and Professional Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University. 
Courtney credits her early beginnings watching her uncle direct music videos for the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Master P & No Limit Records and others with igniting her passion for storytelling and birthing her creative intuitions. Always using her professional journey as a tool for pushing culture forward, Courtney is passionate about being an advocate for underrepresented creatives, especially women and people of color. She continues to make it her life mission to being a change agent for diversity across creative industries while creating things that move people and culture.