Honorees

Courtney Richardson

Courtney Richardson

Creative Director

Droga5

Biography

An award-winning Creative Director for powerhouse agency, Droga5, Courtney currently leads creative direction for iconic brands and icons including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Combs Enterprises, The Africa Center, Moët Hennessy, Chase x US Open and Chase Sapphire.

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 Zendaya, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish, Laverne Cox, Michaela Coel, Janelle Monáe, Colin Kaepernick and others. A cultural conduit, she also spearheaded the editorial PAPER series, BOOKED x BUSY, a popular column spotlighting Blackowned brands and Black entrepreneurs.

Throughout her career, Courtney’s work has been nominated by ADCOLOR, shortlisted by the ADC Annual Awards, and honored by The Webbys and The Brandies; while racking up numerous awards, including a Gold ADDY, a Gold Davey and multiple Telly, 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.

Courtney is also co-Creator and Executive Producer of House Party, an award-winning podcast for Millennials that bridges local and national politics with pop culture. A proud Black in Corporate mentor and Black Girls Code creative marketing volunteer, she is also a TEDx moderator, lauded speaker and sought-after panelist.

Courtney has been featured by outlets, including 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.

Courtney graduated from Howard University with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication & Media Studies and a Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Creative Collective, the American Marketing Association, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Alliance for Women in Media and serves on the Board of KINFOLK, Droga5’s affinity group for Black employees.

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 of color and female creatives. She continues to make it her life mission to being a change agent for diversity across creative industries while creating things that move people.