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Episode 11: Social determinants of healthy aging

Courtney Burton (2022 cohort) discusses barriers to accessing resources for healthy aging, her passion for extending health spans, and more.
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In this episode, Courtney Burton, a second-year scholar pursuing a joint MBA/MS in Environment and Resources, discusses growing up in Atlanta, working in health care consulting, and her passion for extending health spans. She sheds light on barriers to accessing resources for healthy aging, from health literacy to ageism; talks about embracing her inner clown; and reveals her vision for her life 30 years from now.

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Photo courtesy Courtney Burton

Courtney Burton (2022 cohort), from Dunwoody, Georgia, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a Stamps President’s Scholar, she graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in operations and supply chain management and a minor in engineering and business through the Denning Technology & Management Program. Prior to graduate school, Courtney worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on shaping programs that help address the environmental, social, and economic aspects that impact health and wellbeing.

Courtney served as a founding team member of the Deloitte Health Equity Institute, a social innovation and knowledge development hub committed to advancing equitable health outcomes at scale. Courtney aspires to bring the world closer to eradicating health inequities through her passion for health transformation and community co-creation.


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Imagine A World is hosted by Willie Thompson, left, and Taylor Goss, right. Photo by Micaela Go.

Taylor Goss (2021 cohort), from Lacassine, Louisiana, is pursuing an MA in music, science, and technology and an MPP in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated with college honors from Louisiana State University with bachelor's degrees in music and entrepreneurship. Taylor aspires to connect musicians and policymakers, using the arts to communicate societal needs and provoke policy change.

Willie Thompson (2022 cohort), from Griffin, Georgia, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Chinese Studies. He intends to create and contribute to organizations using the arts as a conduit for community building and intercultural education.

Imagine A World's theme music was composed and recorded by Taylor Goss. The podcast was originally conceived and led by Briana Mullen (2020 cohort), Taylor Goss, and Willie Thompson, along with Daniel Gajardo (2020 cohort) and Jordan Conger (2020 cohort).

Special thanks to Sanaa AlamRachel DeschSydney Hunt, Chan LeemKara SchechtmanTakondwa Priscilla Semphere, and Rahul Thapa.

Knight-Hennessy scholars represent a vast array of cultures, perspectives, and experiences. While we as an organization are committed to elevating their voices, the views expressed are those of the scholars, and not necessarily those of KHS.

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