Summit Leadership Partners Hires New Partner, Private Equity, Lisa Craven, to Lead Growth Strategy

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Lisa Craven joins leadership advisory firm to lead private equity expansion and support growth strategy

Charlotte, NC – January 25, 2024 – Summit Leadership Partners, a high growth leadership advisory firm in the U.S., is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Craven as Partner, Private Equity. In this position, Lisa will play a key role in overseeing Summit’s private equity expansion, client excellence, and contributing to the overall growth strategy of the firm.

Based in New York City, Lisa brings extensive experience working with private equity clients, portfolio companies and a deep understanding of leadership and organization strategies to drive value creation.  This newly created role reinforces Summit’s dedication to the market, delivering on clients’ business goals and attracting the best talent in the industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lisa to the Summit team as we continue to focus growth and expansion in private equity.  While she will support some client delivery in the areas of CEO development and top team performance, our greatest need for Lisa’s leadership will be to help continue building our brand, develop new partnerships, and support our growth strategies in Private Equity,” stated Dan Hawkins, Founder and CEO of Summit Leadership Partners.

Lisa joins Summit with extensive experience in global leadership and private equity where she has held roles of Talent Management, Chief People Officer, Founder and more.  Previously at YSC Consulting, she served as Director, Global Private Equity, specializing in guiding top-tier global private equity firms and their portfolio companies through complex leadership and talent challenges. Prior to this role, Lisa founded Craven Collective; a talent strategy, executive coaching, assessment, and leadership development boutique consulting firm.  In addition, she was the Chief People Officer for Sizmek where she was a member of the management team and led all people and talent functions before being acquired by Amazon.

“I am excited to join Summit Leadership Partners and contribute to their tradition of elite advisory services,” expressed Lisa Craven. “Summit’s focus on unlocking the full potential in leaders and organizations to achieve peak performance is so aligned with my passion in working closely with investors, CEOs and their teams to support their growth aspirations. “

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. Additionally, she has served as a guest lecturer at Drew University, Macquarie University, and the Jansen Newman Institute.

“Lisa brings a comprehensive understanding of private equity and a proven track record for helping leaders and organizations scale, and we eagerly anticipate her advancing the goals of the firm,” added Dan Hawkins. “As we celebrate Summit’s 10-year anniversary and enter a new year, we believe Lisa will be a valuable asset for our continued growth and exceptional client service.”

This press release can be found here.

About Summit Leadership Partners, LLC

Summit Leadership Partners advises boards, investors, CEOs, and senior leaders on scaling business and improving organization performance through talent assessmentexecutive coachingmanagement team acceleration, leadership development and organization assessment and improvement. In addition to using advanced behavioral science and data-driven tools to uncover opportunities and challenges, Summit’s exceptional consulting team deploys real-world solutions based on proven business experience and acumen. Summit has been recognized as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms in 2023 and 2022 by Forbes. For more information, visit online and follow Summit on LinkedIn.