2020 Young Alumni Rising Stars

Mrs. Cortney Lebens ('10)

Cortney Behrends Leben Headshot

Mrs. Cortney Lebens ('10)

B.S.F.C.S. Fashion Merchandising

Co-Founder and CEO, Muy'Ono Hospitality
Co-Founder and CEO, Live Large

Cortney Lebens is a successful entrepreneur, social innovator, and business executive. Her strong work ethic propelled her to become the CEO of two significant businesses before the age of 30.

In 2014, Lebens started Muy’Ono, a resort management business in Belize. As chief executive officer, she expanded the portfolio from a single resort property to a diverse set of 16 highly successful resorts and supporting businesses.  Her design of the firm’s vision, culture, innovative marketing approach and the Travel Better initiative is leading the industry in a sustainable direction, creating 300 well-paying jobs while supporting local charities and community organizations.  Each of the Muy’Ono Resorts has been recognized by TripAdvisor with its certificate of excellence and the resorts have won many awards in the travel industry.

Lebens’ latest business venture is Live Large, a lifestyle movement that creates communities of inspiring individuals. Lebens’ future business plans include expanding Muy’Ono, creating an organic farm in Belize, developing a resort near Fredericksburg, and starting her own fashion line.