Coach / Facilitator
Dr. Lisa Summerour is an author, editor, facilitator, speaker, engagement and empowerment coach, and business owner. Her holistic approach to personal and professional development has helped clients lead their best selves forward by aligning their roles, responsibilities, and life goals. Her clients learn to bring their unique talents, skills, and intangible assets to life through personal accountability and self-discipline. As a facilitator, Dr. Lisa helps create courageous spaces for clients to discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, engagement, and more complex issues like race and racism in the United States.
Dr. Lisa has been invited to speak with students and young adults at high schools, universities, and faith-based organizations. She has engaged leaders in various industries on national and international stages, including the Africa Kingdom and Business Leadership Summit in Accra, Ghana. In Ghana, she co-designed the curriculum and presented it to nearly one thousand business leaders from the region. Time and time again, her uncanny ability to engage individuals with her relatable, relevant, and humorous presentation style has brought her high praise from attendees globally.
Dr. Lisa co-authored “The 4-Tions: Your Guide to Developing Successful Job Search Strategies,” which has been distributed to more than 20 countries. She started her own publishing company and self-published her first solo project, the “What Went Well? Journals.” Her What Went Well? Journals are designed to help adults, children, and couples find creative ways to intentionally focus on the good things that happen to them, around them, and because of them – daily. In 2021 Dr. Lisa self-published “The Get Ready to Work Workbook: What You Need to Know Before Your Next Interview.” Within the year, the Prince George’s Chapter of Links had selected the workbook to help women of color navigate the job market in Project L.I.F.T.
Learning & Development
- National Speakers Association (NSA)
- (SAG/AFTRA) 30+ years
- Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
- Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory Assessment
- Certified WholeBrain Practitioner
- Certified Equitable Leadership Assessment (ELA)
Dr. Lisa holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus on ethical leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. She earned a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a second master’s in Christian Studies focusing on Christian leadership from Grand Canyon University. Her bachelor’s degree in sociology is from Trenton State University. Dr. Summerour is on the Board of Trustees at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY, where she chairs the academic success committee.
Three of Dr. Lisa’s proudest experiences included: Being in the delivery room when her sister Tami gave birth to her first child; doing missionary work in Rwanda; and receiving the Arthur F. Foreman Memorial Award in fourth grade at South Main Street Elementary School, Pleasantville, NJ. The plaque reads: “Consideration – Effort – Sportsmanship.”