University of Northern Colorado, BA, Journalism, summa cum laude, departmental scholar
Emerson College, MA, Communication
Summer is an expert in team and organizational performance, change management, engagement, and leadership. She has extensive experience helping senior leaders communicate most effectively to connect with others, build trust, and rally around a common vision.
Summer started her career at Ruder Finn, a global PR firm, before moving into investor relations at Pfeiffer High, where she helped leaders communicate earnings to shareholders. After earning her MA in Communication with a focus on interpersonal and management communication, she designed and facilitated onboarding initiatives on the Development and Learning team at Viant, a professional services company, and then started her own firm, Turner Consulting, where she focused on change management, leadership, and management development for financial services firms and non-profits. From there, she joined Omgeo to create their organizational development function and lead internal communication. Key accomplishments at Omgeo include creating global engagement strategies that increased openness and trust scores by 5%, as well as leading the development of organizational values and competencies to support the business strategy and drive high performance.
Training and certification
The Coaches Training Institute, coach training; International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach (ACC); Harvard Medical School, clinical training in mind/body medicine; MentorCoach, coach training; CRR Global, Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) and Inside Team Coaching; William Bridges, Leading Organizational Transitions; NetAge, Virtual Leadership and Virtual Teams; Options for Change, Culture Compass; extensive leadership and management training under Sim Sitkin and Allan Lind of Duke University and Delta Leadership; Kantor Institute/Dialogix, Structural Dynamics Certification.
At The Boda Group…
Summer focuses on leadership teams and leaders who are growing into bigger roles. This can mean taking on new levels of responsibility, or enhancing a key element of how they lead. Beyond change management, this involves “transition management” which is the psychological process we go though to adapt to change. This is a key element of embracing change and boldly moving forward.
personal, because it’s about identity and relationships. Great leaders tap into people’s innate desire for a sense of purpose and belonging. To do this, we first need to get clear on what brings us meaning, and then find authentic and engaging ways to share our true selves with those we want to lead.
The most influential leader in my career has been…
one of my former team members. I definitely “hired up” when I hired her. She was not only an incredibly high performer; she also put absolute trust in me that allowed her to take risks. She had high expectations, and I wanted to meet them both because of how much I valued her, and because I wanted her to continue to raise the bar for herself and take smart risks. She called me forth to be a better manager and leader.
When I’m not with clients…
I’m rowing on the Charles River in Cambridge with friends, taking dance classes, or on a perpetual search for the best hot chocolate around.
One thing I’ve learned recently is…
Walking helps with creativity. I recently read a study by researchers at Stanford who found that people who walked were more creative than people who sat. This had lasting effects. People who took walks remained more creative even after they sat down.