Though Courtney Slautterback Harwood ‘92 has lived just outside of New York City for a significant portion of her adult life, she has never allowed her physical distance from Pebble Beach to stand in the way of maintaining strong and active ties to RLS. Having concluded her successful tenure as the president of the Association of Stevenson Alumni (ASA) in June--passing the baton to Jay Dolata ‘95--Courtney is thrilled to be joining the board of trustees in September.
As alumni association president for the past 3 years, Courtney played a leading role in helping Stevenson alums across the country and around the world reconnect with their old friends and the School as it is now. Courtney explains that she was honored to accept Dr. Hicks’ invitation to serve the School and her fellow Pirates in this role. She explains: “My experience was really rewarding! Initially, I did worry that living far away would be a challenge. It wasn't an issue, as it turned out. Of course, much of my tenure overlapped with the pandemic, which taught us a lot about how to connect meaningfully across distance.” Courtney shared that one of her highlights was hosting two alumni events for “Women in Business”—one in person and one over Zoom. She also loved supporting the Pirates at Pebble gala in October 201x, which raised funds to support the construction of the Jeff and Beth Young Athletics Complex. She was honored to introduce Coach Young to the audience before his remarks and to reconnect with so many friendly faces.
After graduating from Stevenson, Courtney attended Middlebury College (following her brother, Matt ‘89), then moved to New York City to work at a large advertising agency. She always planned to move back to the Bay Area after four or five years, but as her professional network on the East Coast grew and her personal connections to the family and friends who live there deepened, her anticipated return just never came to fruition. Her career has included leading roles at Xerox and Clear, the travel identity verification company. She explains, “Though I’ve spent almost my entire career working for companies based out of the New York City or the Tri-State area, I recently accepted a new role as a Chief Marketing Officer of Everside Health, one of the country's largest direct primary care providers, based out of Denver. So I now work remotely and travel to Colorado once a month. But the Monterey Peninsula has always been ‘home.’”
Courtney believes that her sense of connection to RLS remains strong because of the School’s incalculable impact on her adolescence, and the way it’s been a touchstone for her and her family ever since. “RLS honors and nourishes the whole person,” she explains. ”My teachers challenged me to think critically, to be creative and courageous, and to seize upon the School’s amazing co-curricular opportunities.”
She adds these words of wisdom for current Pirates: “When I graduated from RLS, my eyes and focus were all on college...but my amazing mom reminded me it's all about ‘roots and wings’; roots give us a deep sense of belonging and wings make it possible for us to fly. So I encourage current students to honor their roots and stay connected to their School, teachers, and fellow alumni--and trust that they will soar.”