Courtney Warren is the Tech & Life Science Practice Chair for Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Mid-Atlantic region. She specializes in risk and insurance consulting within the property and casualty group. She has developed particular expertise working with companies whose businesses present complex challenges from a regulatory and liability standpoint. In her role, she provides strategic advice and customized risk management solutions for organizations throughout the Southeast in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medtech industries.
Courtney is actively involved with the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA). She was a member of Leadership Greenville Class 39 and served as BIO Task Force member for the Upstate SC Alliance. She is Past President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Upstate) and has served on the boards of VisitGreenvilleSC and SCBIO.
Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Furman University. Following graduation, she worked as a writer in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence for President George W. Bush. She served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Buenos Aires and did her graduate studies at Universidad Torcuato di Tella. Courtney and her husband John live in Greenville with their children Stevie, Drew, and Cate.
1. How did being president of CREW Upstate impact you?
Looking back, I appreciate how the CREW Upstate board is such an active working body and presents members ample room to debate, delegate, and collaborate to develop strategy for the organization and to plan multiple large-scale events on a monthly basis. This is a big contrast to many traditional board models where members are more passive attendees getting updates and approving decisions made elsewhere.
Each of the wonderful women on my team were leaders in their respective organizations. We learned a tremendous amount from each other’s various areas of expertise- legal, accounting, finance, or construction project management. Even more, we forged friendships as we brainstormed how we could provide helpful introductions for each other. We made fun memories attending CREW Network conferences together and exploring real estate developments in cities like Seattle, San Diego, and Baltimore.
2. What was one major achievement/accomplishment that occurred during your presidential year?
My board and I were excited to meet the CREW Network Chapter Challenge for the first time in our chapter’s history–a big accomplishment considering the relatively small size of our chapter compared to other large cities nation-wide. The Challenge recognizes those few chapters that achieve the highest set metric for dollars raised and percentage of board and member participation. All funds raised go toward scholarships for younger women who are interested in pursuing careers in commercial real estate, and I hope CREW Upstate will continue to be a lead organization supporting this great initiative.
3. How would you like to see CREW Upstate evolve in the next 5-10 years?
One of the things I have loved about CREW over the years is the involvement of women with a wide span of age and experience level. The organization has always offered plenty of opportunity to be a mentor and mentee. I look forward to watching many of our founding members progress in their careers and embody the spirit of entrepreneurship. I anticipate each year more of our members will innovate and succeed as leaders of their firms or even start their own new successful businesses here in town.
4. If you were to sum up your CREW Upstate presidential year in one word, what would it be?
Confidence. The opportunity to lead a dynamic and supportive team allowed me to stretch beyond my comfort zone and get valuable experience at leading monthly board meeting and speaking publicly. My professional confidence took incredible strides during my time leading CREW Upstate, and my confidence in our city and the wonderful people in the city also grew as I got to know those people better.
5. Where are you now?
Since joining CREW eight years ago, I have continued my work as a risk and insurance consultant at Marsh & McLennan where I have continued to grow my client base. I have further developed my niche representing manufacturers in the Life Science space who have very particular needs from a property and liability standpoint. I have I also have been blessed with three new babies over the past four years and to have joined my husband for the most recent gubernatorial run…and perhaps we will try again!