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Our history

Summit was founded in 2014 by Dan Hawkins after decades as a former CHRO in both Fortune 500 and private equity backed companies.  Dan saw a need for a more courageous, practical and data-driven approach to leadership advisory and consulting in private equity and the mid-market. Since then, Summit has 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

At Summit, we all think and act like company owners. Our people bring a pragmatic, outcome-focused business mindset to every client engagement. We always begin with the intended strategy and value creation plan before identifying talent solutions. Our team is client-focused and we leverage objective data and insights in everything we do. We are collaborative, courageous, and practical in every client engagement.

Our values

Our unique company culture sets us apart from other professional services firms.   We have talented people who value working together, doing amazing things for clients, have low egos and genuinely have fun at work.  Summit’s values are at the center of everything we do.

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 partners

We have developed essential strategic partnerships in the talent and organization performance ecosystem to ensure we bring the fastest and most informed insights for important business decisions.  This seamless experience for clients helps them get the premium advisory and consulting support they need.







Summit NPS rating

is among the highest in the management consulting industry.


of Summit clients

reported our talent assessments helped make the right hiring or succession decisions.


of client management teams

improved performance following Summit engagement.


of recommended executives

assessed are successful in their role.

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