As Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Summerour relies on her leadership, management, and organizational skills to guide the internal business operations. She works closely with the core leadership team establishing policies that promote the organization's culture and vision.
Lisa is an empowerment coach whose holistic approach to personal and professional development helps align roles and responsibilities with core values. This method benefits clients by enabling individual contributors to feel courageous and confident in bringing their unique talents, skills, and intangible assets to the environment. As a diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement facilitator and an executive coach, Lisa focuses strongly on accountability. She has been instrumental in helping leaders understand their role in creating diverse teams where individuals feel included so employee engagement, and therefore, discretionary effort, can flourish. Lisa’s interactive presentation style has engaged consultants as a speaker on the national stage in the direct sales industry and leaders on aninternational scale at the Africa Kingdom and Business Leadership Summit.
Dr. Summerour has worked as an adjunct professor teaching online courses in career development and exploration, and business ethics and sustainability, where she was known for creating successful online teaching environments that resulted in student engagement beyond the course structure. She also worked as an experiential learning specialist in career services where she developed and facilitated live, interactive webinars designed to educate students and alumni on career opportunities and interview preparation.
Dr. Summerour co-authored “The 4-Tions: Your Guide to Developing Successful Job Search Strategies,” which has been distributed to more than 20 countries. Her most recent book is the "Get Ready to Work Workbook: Everything You Need to Know Before Your Next Interview," can be used alone or as part of a job readiness program. Dr. Summerour published her, "What Went Well?Journal" The What Went Well? There is a journal for adults and one specifically designed for children. Both journals encourage individuals to be intentional about focusing on the good things that happen to them, around them, and because of them - daily.
Lisa is a certified WholeBrain Practitioner and certified to conduct Equitable Leadership Assessments (ELA). Lisa holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus on ethical leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. She earned a master's degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and one in Christian studies focusing on Christian leadership from Grand Canyon University. Her bachelor's degree in sociology is from Trenton State University. Dr. Summerour is on the Board of Trustees at Villa Maria Collge in Buffalo, NY, where she also chairs the academic success committee.