A Conversation with...Renée and Courtney
The Conversations Series creates a positive image for young girls to refer to by having conversations with different writers, entrepreneurs, and creators. Renée Kapuku and Courtney Daniella Boateng are two women on a mission - to see women win. Both phenomenal figures in their own right, Courtney and Renée, met in secondary school, whilst both pursuing their applications to university. In 2015, Courtney and Renee were the first from their state schools, and their families, to attend Cambridge and Oxford University. Courtney graduated and became a distinguished content creator, beauty entrepreneur with her own business, CDB London. Renee completed her master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, before returning to the UK to pursue entrepreneurship in the education space and content creation.
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Welcome Courtney and Renée. Tell us a little about yourselves.
Hey there! Thank you for a warm welcome. We are two women who have been friends for over a decade, and our friendship has been a source of strength, inspiration, and strength across our lifetime. We are both entrepreneurs, speakers, and content creators with a passion for women, gender equity, and community. Our dream is really to see women win - and win together, as sisters!
You have built a fast-growing digital community called to my sisters that supports women across the globe. What was the inspiration behind this mission and what do you provide?
The real inspiration was our joint friendship and passion for women’s wellbeing. We found that, over the course of our careers and our life journey, that our own friendship has been crucial in our happiness, wellbeing and development. It has really grounded us. We also have a wider community of women who have supported and invested in us, and we wanted to recreate this space for women across the world.
Congratulations on your new book to my sisters: A Guide to Building Lifelong Friendship. Packed with practical advice, reflective activities and wise words. Can you give us some insight into how you choose those particular stories?
Thanks so much! Our principles of trust, transparency and vulnerability guided our process for choosing the stories in the book - all the stories included have either a learning, lesson, or an example of a sister in our own lives championing these principles. Some stories are more lighthearted than others, whilst others are a little more weighty. We wanted to explore trauma, happiness, pain, fun and everything in between, much like our own holistic experiences as women and sisters.
What can we expect from TMC in the future?
TMS in the future? A force to be reckoned with! You can expect us to become the biggest sisterhood community in the world. From supporting other women creating content, to making splashes in education, investing in women-led businesses, and advocating for women’s education, TMS will become the one-stop-shop for women’s development, leveraging the power of sisterhood and community.
Who is the author you most admire in your genre? Why?
Courtney: Definitely Brené Brown. I adore her work, but ultimately her wisdom and transparency. She is incredible at articulating some of the most poignant human thoughts and experiences in such an impactful way.
Renée: ‘Je pense, donc je suis’ - Descartes
‘I think, therefore I am’ (translation) - I love this quote because I love philosophy, and this simple phrase reminds me of the priority of my existence. It is also in a language that I love, which is French.
In three words, what does friendship mean to you?
Friendship means dedication, integrity and love
To My Sisters | Bluebird Books for life | Available here