Courtney Peterson

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

Courtney Peterson

Courtney is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of human resources and leadership coaching experience She joined Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC as director of human resources in 2010. In 2018, she was named chief people and culture officer. In her role, she is responsible for managing talent and organizational effectiveness through the human resources department and providing executive-level vision, strategy, innovation and leadership for all HR functions.


She 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. Courtney is an experienced and certified mediator, facilitator, and a certified leadership and executive coach. 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 including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, Predictive Index®, Conflict Dynamics Profile® and Hogan Assessments®. She 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.


She serves on the Select Advisory Council for TIAA as well as the Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC) in the School of Education at Howard University. She is also a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council where she engages in expert panels and thought leadership in the areas of human resources, 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, American Society for Training and Development, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and she is a founding member of CHIEF DC.