Today on Purse Strings Maria’s Guest is an award-winning writer, speaker, and strategist to Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurial leaders, and think tanks around the world Cortney McDermott. Before turning entrepreneur, Cortney served as executive at Vanity Fair Corporation, vice president at Sustainability Partners, professor of graduate studies for several Big Ten universities, and global associate for the renowned beCause Consortium. (She also moonlighted as a deli waitress, secretary, and everything in-between, as a way to put herself through school and life.) A graduate of the London School of Economics and a certified cultural mediator in multiple languages, Cortney also writes for a number of international publications, including She Owns It and HuffPost. Together they talk about things like what tools are helpful to get focused on what we want and then get confident about pursuing your dreams, and what’s the first step people should make in this process.