Courtney Peterson

Courtney Peterson, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC is an is an adjunct instructor in the SCS HRM program.

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Courtney is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of human resources and leadership coaching experience. Courtney is Chief Human Resources Officer at Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the premier trade association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, including most electric utilities in the Fortune 500.


Courtney began her career as a recruiter with the Aerotek corporation and then went on to hold national human resources leadership positions with the American Diabetes Association and the Fannie Mae Foundation. Prior to EEI, she served for nearly a dozen years as Chief People and Culture Officer at the renowned Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.


Courtney is an experienced and certified mediator, facilitator, and a certified leadership and executive coach. She is also a trained diversity practitioner. Courtney is the founder and owner of  Lotus Leadership Coaching, a boutique firm that provides human resources consulting, conflict mediation and leadership coaching services. Courtney is a graduate of the Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching Program at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pittsburgh and also earned a Master of Science degree in Adult Education & Leadership from Robert Morris University. Courtney is certified in numerous personality and leadership assessments and is a senior certified human resource professional, both through SHRM and the Human Resources Certification Institute. She holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation through the International Coaching Federation, as well as numerous certifications/training in diversity, equity and inclusion.


Courtney is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council where she engages in expert panels and thought leadership in the areas of human resources, diversity & inclusion, coaching and the future of work. She is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Society of Human Resources Management, National Association of African American Human Resources Professionals, Association for Talent Development, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and she is a founding member of CHIEF DC