The shape I'm in: Courtney Duhring, Manager at Eventbrite, Cork

Courtney Duhring sings with a vocal ensemble, likes to salsa, plus she loves walking.

COURTNEY Duhring hails from Palo Alto in San Francisco, but moved to Cork this year to set up the main Irish Eventbrite customer services hub. 

Eventbrite is a leading events technology platform, powering up to two million events every year.

Courtney moved to Ireland in April and has been interviewing and hiring since then and they now employ 50 staff members. 

Prior to moving, she worked with Eventbrite in London.

Now, living in the iconic Elysian building, she says the commute from there to the Eventbrite South Mall office “is the easiest commute that I’ve ever had”. 

Since her arrival in April, she has been hiring staff by day, while auditioning by night for the many choirs in the area. 

She’s now singing with the Madrigal ’75, a vocal ensemble based in the city with a repertoire from early to modern music. 

When she’s not singing, she is dancing, as she is a big salsa fan and has joined Salsa Cubana classes in the city.

What shape are you in?

I’m in good shape and salsa absolutely helps that. It’s a great cardio workout. 

When I was younger, I played basketball and did figure skating. There’s a spectrum of fitness and I was at the upper end of it then. I also love hiking and walking. I can walk for hours. 

When I was working in London, I’d just set off for hours discovering the city and, in Cork, I’m doing the same thing. I just walk out the door at the weekend and I might come back four hours later, having discovered new areas of the city and county. 

My housemates are amazed. I’m looking into hiking clubs in Cork, too, at the moment.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

Being from San Francisco, I grew up in a health-conscious household. My mother always cooked good quality and organic food. The quality of ingredients mattered. 

So I’ve taken that approach through from childhood and I always look for good quality produce. I love the quality of food that’s produced in the area around Cork.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

I am a big steak dinner fan, rib eye steak with garlic butter. I really love dinners. 

My work colleagues make fun of me, as I’m tall and slim and you wouldn’t expect me to sit down to eat a big chow. It’s my thing.

What would keep you awake at night?

If I thought a family member or friend was in danger. Especially if I felt disconnected or that I couldn’t help, that would affect my sleeping.

How do you relax?

My hobbies are how I relax: My salsa dancing and choir singing. I put so much into work every day that I need them as a way of recharging. 

I am hardest on myself, so I am grateful that I work with a company who value downtime. Eventbrite really value home/work balance. 

If I’ve been working really hard, my manager will actually say to me ‘take the day off, Courtney’.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Melinda Gates: I admire the way she uses her business acumen and resources to tackle humanitarian issues around the world. 

It’s inspiring to see her leading by example and bringing people together around life-changing initiatives.

What is your favourite smell?

It’s the smell of Christmas trees. I clearly remember hanging ornaments on the tree or lying on the floor, looking at the tree and breathing in the smell. 

There was a warm spot on our wooden floor and I’d position myself and just gaze up at the tree.

When is the last time you cried?

I am a softie, so I cry a lot. If someone is telling me their story, I will just feel for them and cry. 

I cry at movies too. The last movie I was watched was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and I was sobbing by the end.

What traits do you least like in others?

I don’t like when people don’t treat others with consideration and respect, or when they are not flexible. I like when people are open to adapting and changing.

What trait do you least like in yourself?

I am naturally introverted and can spend a lot of time on my own listening to audio podcasts. That’s why salsa is good for me. It helps me to connect with others.

Do you pray?

I don’t. I show gratitude a lot, though. It’s less religious but is about being thankful and appreciative.

What cheers up your day?

I love being able to help somebody to grow and feel fulfilled, when somebody allows you in to do that.


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