About Us

Because a company with high-growth expectations can quickly outpace its ability to scale, Summit Leadership Partners provides the real-world expertise and practical solutions to help their clients accelerate change and reach the next level of performance.

Who They Are
Led by former business executives with deep behavioral science expertise, their team does more than just consult. They operate as trusted business partners and strategic advisors who guide individuals and companies on how to reach their full potential.

Their History
Summit was founded in 2014 by Dan Hawkins, a global executive and CHRO with a passion for enabling growth-oriented companies and business leaders to scale and improve performance. Since then, they have attracted some of the finest talent and organizational performance experts in the industry and helped a wide range of businesses meet the demanding expectations of boards and investors.

Their Philosophy
Having held senior leadership roles with high performing global companies, they bring a pragmatic, outcome-focused business mindset to every project. Summit thinks holistically about organizational context, underlying issues, and potential implications, and they deliver solutions that are customized, effective, and sustainable. They are collaborative, courageous, and client-centric.

Please contact Dan Hawkins at dan.hawkins@summitleadership.com to connect with Summit

Recent Achievements:
Charlotte Business Award

Inc. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Companies

Fastest Growing Firms of 2020



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Based in Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, New York, and San Francisco, our consulting team combines deep behavioral science expertise and trusted real-world C-suite acumen and board experience in ways that measurably improve individual, team, and organizational performance. We hold advanced degrees, have backgrounds in a wide range of industries, and are certified in the most effective individual and organization assessment tools.

Solutions And Expertise

Executive Assessment & Development 

One of the most important decisions a Board or company makes is selecting the right person for the most critical leadership positions in the company. Failed senior executives result in lost revenue potential, decreased customer or investor confidence, diminished employee engagement, and ultimately a drop in shareholder value. We objectively assess, develop, and prepare CEOs and their teams to perform at peak levels.

Senior Team Performance Acceleration

The ability to execute strategically and deliver on expected financial performance outcomes is paramount for the C-suite. High performing executive teams are aligned around vision, goals, accountabilities, critical leadership behaviors, and how they mobilize the broader organization to execute. We help SCALE© teams and increase organization performance by starting at the top.

Organization Performance to Scale

Organization capability gaps are often the greatest inhibitor and constraint to growth, strategic execution, and ultimately enterprise value creation. Following any significant strategic shift, investment, or new market entry, it is critical to have the right leaders, organization design, culture, talent, decision making, and accountability processes in place.

At Summit, we leverage a rigorous process to identify strengths and gaps in the organization to develop and implement an organization blueprint to accelerate the company’s strategic agenda and expected returns.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Development
  • Board Services
  • Culture Advisory
  • Culture Shaping
  • Executive Coaching
  • Hogan Assessment
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • M&A Consultation
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Succession Planning
  • Talent Management Services
  • Banking
  • Bio Pharma
  • Biotechnology
  • Cloud Based
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Board/Governance
  • C-Level
  • C-Level Leaders
  • C-Suite
  • CEO/President
  • CFO
  • Chairman
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • CHRO
  • CIO
  • COO
  • CTO
  • Directors
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership Team
  • Management/Staff
  • People & Talent
  • Research & Develop.

News Briefings

Letting Employees Go During the Great Resignation

Over the past six months, Summit Leadership Partners’ Heather Gordon has had numerous intelligent and successful CEOs approach her for coaching to help determine if they should let someone on their team go. It’s a tough decision, particularly amidst the Great Resignation and the difficulties of hiring the right talent. “But even before our current economic

Using Culture as a Competitive Advantage

The pandemic has not slowed growth for many executive search firms, their clients, or the markets they serve.  According to Summit Leadership Partners’ Heather Gordon, at the end of 2021 many of her conversations with chief executive officers and C-suite executives across private and public companies revealed they were all struggling with the same problem:

What’s Next for Talent Management in Private Equity

Private equity has been among the fastest recovering business sectors, due in part to its history of successfully executing turnarounds. “Private equity has historically been about the numbers and driving earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) to increase the value of a company,” said Dan Hawkins, founder and CEO of Summit Leadership Partners.

Pitfalls to Avoid in Virtual Executive Onboarding

As we look back on working through a global pandemic, we are all taking stock of how various elements of business life have changed in dramatic ways, Todd Fryling of Summit Leadership Partners opined in a new report. “Last year, hiring, particularly at top leadership levels, fundamentally shut down, and most thought it was going to be

Press Releases

Summit Leadership Partners Ranked 5th Fastest Growing Firm in the US by Consulting Magazine

Charlotte, NC – Dec. 14, 2020 – Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, ranks #5 this year on Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms list, a prestigious industry award highlighting the up-and-coming firms in the US that are outpacing the consulting industry. This will be the sixth year in a row Consulting Magazine has ranked the profession’s movers and shakers in terms

Summit Leadership Partners Ranked #10 on 2020 Charlotte Business Journal’s Fast 50

Charlotte, NC – Dec. 4, 2020 – Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, LLC, makes its debut on the 2020 Charlotte Business Journal Fast 50 list, a prestigious award gathering the fastest-growing private companies in the city. Summit was ranked the 10th fastest growing private company in Charlotte due to the leadership advisory firm’s

Tough Times Call For Emotionally Intelligent CEOs

November 16th, 2020 – By Dan Hawkins What is emotional intelligence? In 1990, Daniel Goleman, then a science reporter at the New York Times, happened upon an article in a scientific journal that referenced EQ. He proceeded to do his own research and found that high-performing leaders were distinguished by their degree of self-awareness, empathy

Kevin Impelman Joins Summit Leadership Partners as Head of New Products & Innovation

Kevin Impelman, Ph.D. and product development expert, joins Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, as the new Director of the firm’s Consulting Products & Services practice. Mr. Impelman brings almost 20 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor to global organizations on talent management and has conducted extensive research in developing and deploying

Summit Leadership Partners Ranked No. 684 on 2020 Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Charlotte, NC – Aug. 12, 2020 – Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, has been recognized as one of Inc. 5000s fastest growing companies in America in 2020. This prestigious acknowledgement comes just five years after CEO, Dan Hawkins, left a successful corporate career as a trusted advisor and CHRO to pursue a dream of creating a leadership advisory


Talent Talk's Podcasts

The Great Resignation

In this brand new episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ Hunt Scanlon Media host, Rob Adams, is joined by Dr. Corrinne Mason, partner at Summit Leadership Partners. On this episode, Dr. Mason discusses a recent study completed by Summit Leadership which reviewed talent trends in private equity. Dr. Mason then shares why the C-suite is so concerned

CEOWorld Magazine: “The New Normal for Succession Planning”
Consulting Magazine: “Merger Activity Heating Up in Consulting and Beyond as Business Shifts to Post-Pandemic Mode”
Bloomberg Live: Boards are on Notice – They Must Get Ready for Change (Opinion)
Roundtable Recap: Bloomberg Breakaway Think Tank: Setting the Digital Agenda: Prioritizing IT in a Work-From-Home Future
Tough Times Call For Emotionally Intelligent CEOs
HR Dive: The ‘grand experiment’: CHROs share lessons learned during the pandemic
Forbes: 14 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Display Human-Centric Leadership
Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Think Tank: The Great Reopening
Fast Company: The most genius founders can also be erratic CEOs. Here’s how to fix that
Forbes: Facing A Crisis? 15 Leadership Tips For Company Board Members
Bloomberg Live: Shaping Company Culture in the New Normal (Opinion)
Forbes: Have Decision-Making Anxiety? Overcome It With These 16 Tips

To read more Summit Leadership Partners articles, please visit: https://www.summitleadership.com/news/

Pitfalls to Avoid in Virtual Executive Onboarding
Leaders: How are your resolutions going? Drive Performance with a Reflection Habit
NEW RESEARCH REPORT: Critical CEO Capabilities
Looking Ahead to 2021
Consulting Magazine: Fastest Growing Firms Article
What Drives CEO Success During a Turbulent Economy? Insights from PEI Expert Panel
Tough Times Call For Emotionally Intelligent CEOs
Leading Remotely With An Outcome-Based Mindset
[Panel Discussion] Championing the Future of Work: The CHRO’s New Mandate
Introduction of the S.C.A.L.E.© Team Performance Model
The Race Talk: 4 Steps to Empower Leaders Who Don’t Know Where to Start
How Leaders Can Sustain Team Performance in a Remote Environment
The most genius founders can also be erratic CEOs. Here’s how to fix that

To read more Summit Leadership Partners insights, please visit: https://www.summitleadership.com/insights/

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