Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Courtney grew up wanting to be a veterinarian - until Hurricane Katrina changed the course of her life. After attending numerous engineering and math camps, she left Louisiana to pursue degrees in civil engineering and mathematics at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

 

She began a career in construction project management of heavy civil infrastructure projects that has included work at DFW International and Love Field Airports, highways, and local municipalities. Courtney went on to obtain a master's degree in civil engineering with a concentration in structures from SMU and a master's degree in business at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. She is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. 

In her spare time, Courtney serves on the board for SOSMC USA, a nonprofit raising funds to renovate three buildings on the campus of a school for low-income disabled children in Chennai, India. She enjoys traveling, attending arts events, discovering new music, watching Korean dramas, and spending time with her fluffy bunny, Albus.

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Courtney Kelly

Speaking and Voluntary Engagements

ONGOING

  • 2018 to Present - Presenter, Highland Park High School Science & Technology Festival

  • January 2022 to Present - Member, TEXO Foundation High School Committee

  • 2020 to Present - Mentor, SMU Hart Center for Engineering Leadership Industry Mentoring Program

  • February 2022 to Present - Member, SMU Civil & Environmental Engineering Management Program Industry Advisory Committee

​2022

  • July 16, 2022 - Crayola Experience Plano

    • Read Celeste Saves the City during 4 sessions of story time​

  • May 27, 2022 - Beaver Math, Science, and Technology Center Career Day

    • Spoke to 4 classes of 2nd and 3rd graders about careers in engineering and construction, emphasizing the importance of safety, pathways into the profession through education and vocational training, and soft skills

    • Donated a copy of Celeste Saves the City to the school library

  • May 23, 2022 - A Woman’s Job

    • Profile featured to highlight the career diversity of women

  • April 18, 2022 - Texas Woman's University Center for Student Leadership

    • Presented to students on “executive presence” and leadership

  • April 5, 2022 - AIA Dallas | TEXO Industry Roundtable: Mentorship

    • Moderated a panel discussion on mentorship

  • April 5, 2022 - SMU SWE Chapter Meeting

    • Present to students on the importance of networking

  • March 24, 2022 - McCarthy Women’s History Month Panel

    • Served as a panelist for a discussion on “leading at every level” from the perspective of project management in the construction industry

  • March 5-11, 2022 - Women in Construction Week

    • Spotlighted by McCarthy Building Companies as a leader

  • March 3, 2022 - Southern University and A&M College

    • Worked with a team to establish a partnership between McCarthy and SU to increase the number of diverse candidates for internships and full-time positions at McCarthy

    • Presented to over 40 students on careers at McCarthy

  • March 4, 2022 - Texas Woman's University Center for Student Leadership

    • Presented to students on the importance of networking

  • February 22, 2022 - SMU SWE She Networks, She Wins

    • Served as a panelist for a discussion on leadership, work/life balance, career success and challenges, and being a woman in a male-dominated industry

 

2021

  • December 1, 2021 - SMU Intro to Civil & Environmental Engineering

    • Guest lectured to students about careers in civil engineering

  • October 25, 2021 - SMU Hart Center for Engineering Leadership Alumni Panel Week

    • Served as a panelist for a discussion on post-graduate life

  • September 17, 2021 - Highland Park Middle School 7th Grade Science Class

    • Presented to 5 classes on careers in civil engineering and construction

  • April 23, 2021 - Richardson ISD McCarthy Mentor Day

    • Presented to middle school students on careers in civil engineering and construction