Dr. Cortney Baker
About me
My Story So far...
In 1993, six months after graduating from high school, I put my dreams of attending college at Texas A&M on hold and instead became a single teenage mom. I was discouraged by the fact that only 2% of single teen moms go on to get their college degrees, I vowed to one day, somehow, make my dream a reality. But while all my friends were packing up for their freshman year of college, I got a rocking chair for my 19th birthday. I was on Medicaid and food stamps and waited tables, double shifts at nine-months pregnant, just to make ends meet. (more below...)
It's time we not only have a seat at the table, but have a voice at the table, too.
~ Cortney ~
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And then...
Through perseverance, hard work, and a whole lotta faith, I have been committed to overcoming. Even while dealing with a move out of state and a failed first marriage, I was able to achieve my desires of getting a college education, graduating with my bachelor's and master's degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences (Speech Pathology) from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale in 1999 and 2001, respectively.

I treasure my role as a wife, mom of three amazing kids, and proud native Texan, moving back to the Dallas area after graduation from Southern Illinois. In 2003, I founded KidsCare Home Health, Texas' leading pediatric home healthcare company. When KidsCare opened I was the only therapist and had 10 patients on my caseload. Today, as a result of our team's commitment to providing quality, ethical services, KidsCare has grown to become a multi-million dollar national enterprise with hundreds of employees. We have the privilege of providing nursing, speech, physical, and occupational therapy to nearly 2500 children with special healthcare needs across Texas and Colorado. I currently serve as CEO and Chairman of the Board for KidsCare Home Health.
And then...
On a personal level, I am the proverbial cat with nine lives- living life on "20%." In 2005, at the age of 31, I endured a pulmonary embolism, which was a blood clot in my lungs. Then on September 18, 2012, one month after beginning coursework for my doctoral program at Pepperdine University, I suffered a massive stroke in 2 places and underwent a 7 hour brain surgery. I was released to go home from the hospital the day before my 38th birthday.

I'm not all struggles and near-death experiences, though. After taking the fall 2012 semester off to recover and recuperate, I re-entered Pepperdine's Organizational Leadership program. I completed my doctoral degree in 2015, focusing my research on women and leadership.

And now...
Today, I am proud to call myself a researcher, author, and speaker. I focus my attention on women's leadership issues. I am the author of the best-selling book The 10 Dos and Don'ts for Business Leadership: Lessons to Lead Effectively, and my newest release Unlimited:  Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling, which supports the argument that the belief in the glass ceiling has actually held women back.

I was honored to be named 2016/2017 Texas Business Woman of the Year by the Women's Chamber of Commerce-Texas. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling to new places, playing with my puppy, researching, and indulging in Whataburger Diet Cokes!
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