JCSU Partners with Summit to Relaunch Student Leadership Certificate Program

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Charlotte, N.C. October 5, 2021 – Summit Leadership Partners, a Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, has partnered with Johnson C. Smith University, a Charlotte HBCU, to reinstate the Engaging B.U.L.L.S. (Building Unique Lifelong Leaders for Success) certificate program. As part of the collaboration, Summit Leadership Partners will provide funding for, among other things, student and faculty mentor participation at professional conferences, purchase training material and resources, and create a mentorship program.

“I am looking forward to this partnership with Summit Leadership Partners,” said JCSU President Clarence D. Armbrister. “Dan Hawkins and his team bring a wealth of knowledge and resources that will benefit students. The ability to lead is a critical skill and can be a differentiator in today’s extremely competitive workforce. Engaging B.U.L.L.S. is an example how JCSU focuses on developing students so they can stand out, excel and shine brighter.”

Listed as one of the fastest growing companies by the Charlotte Business Journal, Inc, and Consulting Magazine, Summit will utilize its leadership advisory expertise to guide JCSU’s students in discovering and maximizing their leadership potential in the workforce. Summit will be actively involved with student participants through class lectures andone-on-one student learning sessions.

“At Summit, we believe that leadership education and development, starting at the university level, will help strengthen a young professional’s capabilities and confidence to lead in the business world.,” said Dan Hawkins, Founder & CEO, Summit Leadership Partners. “With better-trained and inclusive executives at the top of our organizations, our future leaders will be able to make more informed decisions and create better working environments for all. It is our hope that by supporting the re-launch of JCSU’s leadership program, we are, together, paving a way for more career growth opportunities for our youth.”

Engaging B.U.L.L.S. provides students with the opportunity to earn a leadership certificate through a series of workshops, seminars, and symposiums. The certificate program, which was originally developed in 2014, is housed in JCSU’s Public Leadership Studies program whose mission is to engage students and community members through education about leadership principles, theories, and practices to empower them to effect change in various communities.

The program will roll out in the fall and a second cohort will be introduced in the spring semester for interested students. For additional information on the program and enrollment, please visit www.jcsu.com


About Johnson C. Smith University
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study, including a master’s degree in social work, to more than 1,500 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.


About Summit Leadership Partners, LLC
Summit Leadership Partners advises boards, investors, CEOs, and senior leaders on strategically scaling business through talent and organization assessment, coaching, executive team effectiveness, leadership development and organization performance improvement. In addition to using advanced behavioral science and data driven tools to uncover opportunities and challenges, our exceptional consulting team deploys real-world solutions based on proven business experience and acumen.  Summit was included in the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America in both 2020 and 2021, ranked #5 on Consulting Magazine’s 2020 Fastest Growing Companies, and was listed in the top 10 in Charlotte Business Journal’s 2020 Fast 50. Summit Leadership Partners is located in Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.summitleadership.com, and follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.