By Mandy Holmes / Photos by Claudia Johnstone
As an advocate for rescue animals and her community, Courtney Beller is making a difference in the lives of neglected pets and has audaciously big dreams to make Maricopa County the best place to live.
A natural problem solver, the business litigation director at Fennemore Craig has been used to setting big goals since a young age. Originally from Tucson, Beller describes herself as a perfectionist from the time she could walk. Wanting to be the best at everything she tried her hand at has carried over to her professional career and personal passions, but that didn’t come without years of hard work and perseverance.
Growing up in Tucson, Beller focused on school but always had to work at least one, if not two, part-time jobs while studying. Some of the best life lessons (including how to become a pro at using chopsticks!) were taught during her days working at a Chinese food restaurant, teaching children piano lessons and doing pulmonary research with veteran communities.
“[My jobs] made me understand the importance of hard work and taught me crucial negotiating and social skills. They also helped me figure out how to confront life’s challenges.”
Now a facilitator for everyone from Fortune 100 companies to family-owned businesses, Beller typically gets called when her clients are looking for the best possible outcome to get back to the business of running their business.
She earned the title of director which, as any fan of the USA legal TV drama Suits would know, is a huge professional accomplishment for anyone, and especially for a woman.
“Did you know that only 25 percent of partners in law firms are women?” she asks. “My goal is to use my platform to expand female representation in the legal and executive field.”
In addition to her legal work, Beller is on the frontline when it comes to her family and community.
“The biggest movements in history didn’t happen because powerful people in faraway places decided to change things,” she says. “They happened because individuals chose to come together to remedy a wrong in their own backyard. I care deeply about this community and strongly believe that each of us has the power to make real and impactful change.”
Beller spends most of her days shuffling between client meetings, community impact engagements, and tending to her duties as a member of the Arizona Humane Society’s Board of Directors.
“I had a client tell me that no matter how successful I become as a lawyer, my work with the Arizona Humane Society will always be the thing I will be most proud of,” says Beller, who is gearing up for Compassion with Fashion 2019, the Arizona Humane Society’s annual fundraising luncheon.
The afternoon of fashion, fun and, most importantly, adoptable pets takes months of behind-the0scenes effort and Beller plays a key role as the engagement chair on the planning committee.
“I’ve been involved in planning this event for several years, and as an Arizona Humane Society Board member, it is so exciting to see it sell out every year,” she says.
With a new role within the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and a project that will connect exceptional professional women with female entrepreneurs on the horizon, the multitasker isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Though Beller has set and accomplished many of her goals, the animal loving community champion has set her sights on becoming governor of Arizona someday.
“My passion is solving problems. I’ve learned to trust my instincts and realize that I can and will figure out the answer,” she says, when it comes to strategizing.
Applying her analytic mentality to every area of her life is one of Beller’s many strengths and just may earn her the powerful seat in Arizona politics she aspires for in years to come.
Although she’s an Arizona native, Beller loves exploring hidden gems throughout the state. That includes supporting local businesses and restaurants like Cibo, Jewel’s Cafe and Chelsea’s Kitchen. She will never turn down a weekend in Sedona and she explores Tucson like a tourist every time she goes back.
Spoken like a true enthusiastic dog mom, Beller says, “When I’m home, I love hosting dinner parties. Life’s too short not to throw a party, especially when it’s for your dog’s birthday!”