Summit Team

Led by former business executives with deep behavioral science expertise, we operate as trusted business partners and strategic advisors who guide individuals and companies on how to reach their full potential.

Our history

Summit was originally founded in 2014 by Dan Hawkins, a global executive and former CHRO with a passion for advising growth-oriented companies and business leaders to scale and improve performance. Since then, we 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.

Our philosophy

Having held senior leadership roles with high performing global companies, we bring a pragmatic, outcome-focused business mindset to every project. We think holistically about organizational context, underlying issues, and potential implications, and we deliver solutions that are practical, effective, and sustainable. We are collaborative, courageous, and client-centric.

Our commitment

At Summit Leadership Partners, we thrive on our differences, individuality, and courage to express ourselves. Racism, injustice, and exclusion have no place in our firm and will never be tolerated. Our company values are grounded in openness, collaboration, respect, and support, which help make our team the best in the industry. We are all imperfect and may make unintended mistakes from time to time, but are listening and learning to be better advocates for positive change. We will always support each other equally while holding ourselves to the highest moral and ethical standards. Together, we can make a difference in this world one client at a time.

Our values

Our company culture is unique—in fact, it’s different from any professional services firm in the world.  Our people all have growth mindsets – we focus on growth for our clients, our communities, ourselves and continuously support each other through constant development and mutual respect.  Summit cares about our community and their leadership by aligning our philanthropic outreach with our gifts and expertise.  We are business savvy, experienced, client centric and committed, as well as fun, real, collaborative and truly enjoy what we do.  At Summit, we are passionate and committed to the below company values to guide how we operate as one team:

•  We are partners and advisors with our clients through the use of objective data and business insights.

•  We think and act like business owners.

•  We lead with agility and a sense of urgency.

•  We demonstrate a growth mindset through courage, openness, and valuing differences.

•  We are committed to each other’s success through support, transparency and accountability.

Our partners

Our partnership with Entromy combines advanced software technology with our premier leadership and organizational advisory services allowing us to provide insights and actions which help our clients accelerate growth and drive scalability. With the ever-changing business landscape, our clients are facing a growing pressure to make quicker, more informed talent and organization decisions to improve business performance and increase enterprise value.  This partnership allows our team of expert advisors to provide investors, CEOs, management teams and their organizations faster, deeper, and more actionable insights so they can reach peak organization performance.


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would recommend Summit to others.


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improved strategic alignment as a result of team development.


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increased performance as a result of our coaching.


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report our talent assessments helped them make the right hiring decisions.

Summit’s real-world experience and approach are much more effective than other firms we have used.”

Chief Executive Officer

Summit goes well beyond just sharing findings and observations, they help drive change within an organization.”

Private Equity Partner

Summit’s understanding of the business is huge; therefore we have seen huge progress in those executives they have coached.”

Chief Human Resource Officer

Summit provides clarity and very direct feedback to help an organization take a harder, closer look at itself.”

Private Equity Partner

They tell us things we need to hear and help us make decisions to support the future direction of the business and organization with very positive outcomes.”

Chief Executive Officer

Summit’s organization assessment helped unstick and unearth actions that moved our organization forward.”

Chief Human Resource Officer

They bring very specific expertise, as well as a great touch with people and a great ability to deliver feedback in a very constructive manner.”

Private Equity Partner