To empower is to "give permission." Dr. Lisa's biggest impact is helping individuals give themselves permission to live vibrantly and on purpose. Leading your best self forward is the goal. Read More ...
For the past several years, Dr. Summerour has work to help organizations address issues around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement, and race.
Dr. Lisa has engaged audiences of 10 to several thousand with her wit, honest observation, and ability to help others relate in a way that encourages transformation.
As a coach, Dr. Summerour was trained in International Association of Coaching (IAC) masteries. She completed Train the Trainer and Harvard’s Manage Mentor programs, and is a certified NBI WholeBrain Practitioner, with a specific focus on Thinking, Skills, and Job Instruments Training. Dr. Summerour holds a B. A. in Sociology from Trenton State University, a Master’s in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master’s in Christian Studies with a concentration in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She earned her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.
Dr. Summerour’s eclectic background includes more than 30-years in direct sales, leadership positions, and business ownership; all combine to enhance her ability to find commonalities and explore nuances in a variety of experiences. She is intimately familiar with the challenges associated with entrepreneurship, maintaining work/life balance, operating in predominately male environments, developing and maintaining alliances, growing a business, growing teams, and growing self. As a woman, she’s fully aware and accustomed to sometimes doing more than is imaginable, all while wearing heels and dancing backward.
Dr. Summerour's best clients are women and some exceptional men, who are ready to be challenged to observe patterns, identify patterns that are no longer benefiting you and others, and create new behaviors that reflect how you want to show up in the world. All of this begins with giving yourself permission.
As Senior Vice President of Consulting Services, Dr. Summerour relies on her skills as a facilitator, presenter and empowerment coach to help leaders establish a consensus across multiple organizational levels; for the purposes of improving employee relationships and fostering an environment that encourages discretionary effort, through effective and sustainable employee engagement strategies.
Dr. Summerour has worked as an adjunct professor teaching online courses in career development and exploration, and business ethics and sustainability, where she was known for creating successful online teaching environments that resulted in student engagement beyond the course structure. She also worked as an experiential learning specialist in career services where she developed and facilitated live, interactive webinars designed to educate students and alumni on career opportunities and interview preparation.
With over 30-years of experience in sales and customer service, Dr. Summerour has a strong focus on what she describes as internal and external client satisfaction. She has presented as a facilitator and motivational speaker, for sales teams of as few as 10 to national conventions hosting nearly 4,000 attendees. Dr. Summerour is a professionally trained life coach with specific training for facilitating groups in both telephone and online individual and group environments. She has completed the Train the Trainer certification, is a certified WholeBrain Practitioner, and certified to conduct Equitable Leadership Assessments (ELA).
Dr. Summerour co-authored “The 4-Tions: Your Guide to Developing Successful Job Search Strategies,” which has been distributed to more than 20 countries. Most recently, Dr. Summerour published her, "What Went Well?Journal" The What Went Well? There is a journal for adults and one specifically designed for children. Both journals encourage individuals to be intentional about focusing on the good things that happen to them, around them, and because of them - daily.
Dr. Summerour earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Trenton State University, a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a second Master’s degree in Christian Studies with a focus on Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She earned her Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. Dr. Summerour is on the Board of Trustees at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Summerour's speaking engagements have been diverse as her life experiences. She's spoken to the New Jersey State Assembly, direct sales teams, students at all levels on the "Business of Acting," church groups in Rwanda, and national sales conferences in the United States. Clients include major colleges and university, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and teams. She's spoken on the subject of personal accountability and leadership to several thousand at the Young Adult Summit, and on the topic of engagement for leaders to hundreds of executives at the Business and Kingdom Leadership Conference both held in Accra, Ghana.
Dr. Summerour's ability to engage an audience is enhanced by her desire know her audience well in advance - she will do her homework, her ability to interject humor into honest dialogue, and her goal of empowering people to use what they have to take the next step in the journey.
Dr. Lisa's gift as a coach is believing that each person has a uniqueness about them, that when tapped into, has the power to enrich their life while empowering others.
As the first black women crowned Miss New Jersey USA, Dr. Lisa Summerour went on to the Miss USA Pageant where she was voted Miss Congeniality. She parlayed her pageant experience into a position as the Director of Hospitality with Pageants of New York and New Jersey, Inc. For seven years, she guided contestants and parents through her “Keeping it Real” pageant orientation sessions, providing a rare reality check designed to help contestants check their attitudes at the door, help parents relax, and set the tone for the weekend.
An accomplished actor, Dr. Summerour appeared opposite Denzel Washington in the Academy Award winning film “Philadelphia,” Forrest Whitaker in “The Enemy Within,” and Bruce Willis in “Mercury Rising” and “The Sixth Sense.” Other work included roles in the films “Junior” and “Beloved,” and a list of television appearances that include New York Undercover, Law & Order and Law and Order SUV and others. Dr. Summerour is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.