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About Summit Leadership Partners


Because a company with high-growth expectations can quickly outpace its ability to scale, Summit Leadership Partners provides the real-world expertise and practical solutions to help their clients accelerate change and reach the next level of performance.

Who They Are

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

Their History

Summit was founded in 2014 by Dan Hawkins, a global executive and CHRO with a talent for enabling growth-oriented companies and business leaders to scale and improve performance. Since then, they 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.

Their Philosophy

Having held senior leadership roles with high-performing global companies, they bring a pragmatic, outcome-focused business mindset to every project. Summit thinks holistically about organizational context, underlying issues, and potential implications, and they deliver solutions that are customized, effective, and sustainable.

In the News

Feb 1, 2021: Merger Activity Heating Up in Consulting and Beyond as Business Shifts to Post-Pandemic Mode - Consulting Magazine

The pandemic caused company’s growth plans to be placed on the backburner. However, at the end of 2020, M&A activity began to see a major uptick as firms turned their attention to a backlog of deals, particularly in the private equity space. Our Founder & CEO, Dan Hawkins, recently connected with Consulting Magazine’s editor, Chris Nesi, on the state of the current M&A market and the trends he is seeing will take shape in 2021. Read more of Mr. Hawkins’ insights on this year’s M&A market activity where it originally appears in Consulting Magazine.


August 04, 2020: The most genius founders can also be erratic CEOs. Here’s how to fix that - Fast Company

Many founder CEOs struggle to adapt their leadership and operating skills to scale their business to the next level. According to, CEO of leadership advisory firm, , scale requires something that most great founders do not possess or even enjoy – consistency.  Check out this 4-minute read in where leadership expert, Dan Hawkins, discusses the need for founder CEOs to adapt and think of themselves as CCOs — “Chief Consistency Officers.” Read this article where it originally appeared on


January 30, 2021: Boards are on Notice – They Must Get Ready for Change (Opinion) Bloomberg Live

Our CEO, Dan Hawkins, partnered with Brett Stephens, CEO of RSR Partners, on an article for that discusses some interesting board dynamic predictions for 2021. Both Mr. Hawkins & Mr. Stephens closely counsel top leaders and board members in the U.S., and one of the main discussions they are having right now with CEOs and executive teams are how best to manage the changing dynamics with board members as their companies continue to respond to social issues and economic uncertainty.

In this article, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Stephens say that board expectations are changing rapidly. They are predicting that this year will be high turnover in board composition and are forecasting that companies will place a much stronger emphasis on building engaged, diverse and transparent boards. Read more of the two CEO’s predictions for boards in 2021 where it originally appears in Bloomberg Live.


June 10, 2020: How Leaders Can Keep The Best Of ‘Crisis Mode' - Forbes

In a recent article written for, Dan Hawkins shared four key leadership principles that leaders should continue to implement after the crisis is over.


November 4, 2019: Are Talent Executives Ready to Lead in Private Equity? - Middle Market Growth Magazine

Learn how Private Equity Talent Executives are evolving their roles, delivering value and helping their firms accelerate portfolio growth in a guest column for Middle Market Growth. Read this article where it originally appears online for Middle Market Growth.

Summit Leadership Partners

19410 Jetton Road, Suite 140
Cornelius, NC 28031
Phone: (704) 237-4677

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
Dan Hawkins: Founder & CEO
2020 Employees (All Locations): 15

Major Departments & Practices

Advisory Services


Board Development

Board Services

Culture Advisory

Culture Shaping

Executive Coaching

Leadership Consulting

Leadership Develop.

M&A Consultation

Mgmt. Consulting

Succession Planning

Talent Management Services