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Our Vision

Be the source for leadership education and personal/professional success inspired by the principles of the iconic Coach Pat Summitt.

Our Mission

To educate and inspire individuals on leadership and success using the wisdom and principles of Coach Pat Summitt through her profound DEFINITE DOZEN©.

Ira Blumenthal

Co-Founder & Chairman of Executive Advisory Council

A highly acclaimed business visionary… a best selling author… a former university professor… a highly sought after public speaker (delivered over 2000 speeches on 5 continents)… a former world cup athlete and college athletic coach… Ira Blumenthal is globally respected as a business development and branding expert with an incredibly deep network.  Notably, the longest continually retained consultant in the 126 year history of The Coca-Cola Company, Ira has been advising Coca-Cola and on assignment working for their customers for nearly 27 consecutive years.  He is the visionary behind many high-profile, legendary marketing initiatives, product innovations and organizational growth of both "for profit" and "not-for-profit" endeavors.   His favorite quotation is Mark Twain's "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born... and the day you found out why."  Ira admittedly views The Pat Summitt Leadership Group as his "why."

Contact

[email protected]

Kim Blumenthal

Co-Founder & President

With a proven successful competency in the area of marketing management, resource allocation, follow-up and administration, Kim Blumenthal serves as The Pat Summitt Leadership Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer.  An incredibly talented marketing and strategic thinker, Kim also has a great gift and flair for creativity.  Kim is co-founder of CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., a business development firm that specializes in "branding" and "strategic alliances."  Its client list is a virtual "who's who" in American business (i.e. Coca-Cola, Nestle, American Airlines, Harrah's, Tyson, Hilton, Disney, Cirque du Soleil, etc.).  Kim has distinguished herself in many ways and through many entrepreneurial endeavors.  As it applies to the incredible opportunity to lead The Pat Summitt Leadership Group, Kim's favorite quotation is "Many things in life will catch your eye... but only a few will catch your heart."  Her work with and for The Pat Summitt Leadership Group clearly comes from the heart.  

Contact

[email protected]

Danielle Donehew

Senior Advisor

Danielle Donehew currently serves as the Executive Director for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, where she takes on active roles with affiliate organizations such as the NCAA, USA Basketball, the WNBA, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Sports Foundation  .Before coming to the WBCA, Danielle was the American Athletic Conferences’ associate commissioner for women’s basketball, serving as the primary conference leader for women’s basketball initiatives.  Danielle also served as the primary contact for IMG, the conference’s partner for the management of corporate sponsorship activation, including strategic partnerships and their fulfillment for all sport championships. Prior to her position at the American, Danielle served as associate commissioner for women’s basketball for the Big East Conference and the Executive Vice President for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream expansion team.  Danielle worked directly with legendary head coach Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball program for seven years, including two national championship seasons.  A former college basketball player herself, Danielle was inducted in the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. For Danielle's full bio, please visit: https://wbca.org/about/our-staff/executive-director

Julian Wright

Intern

Julian Wright has the distinction of being the very first Pat Summitt Leadership Group intern.  Currently attending Kennesaw State University where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Coaching, Julian was a former high school basketball star who now serves as a “practice player” on the Kennesaw State University Women’s Division I Basketball Team.  As the Leadership Group’s intern, Julian focuses most of his time on “hands on” athletic research in areas related to national high school sports, conferences, clinics, publications and more.  When Julian isn’t in class or isn’t at the “Coach of the Century” (Pat Summitt Leadership Group offices), he can be found working at the Atlanta Area Basketball Officials Association serving as a high school basketball referee.  He also works at Kennesaw State University as an Intramural Sports Supervisor.  His favorite Pat Summitt quote is “Take risks.  I once heard you can’t steal second base with your foot on first.”

Contact

[email protected]

Isabella Blanchard

Executive Assistant to the President

Isabella Blanchard serves as the Executive Assistant to the co-founder and president of The Pat Summitt Leadership Group, Kim Blumenthal.  Performing important day-to-day administrative details, managing the Leadership Group’s comprehensive national data base, serving as a communication and scheduling lead and more, Isabella is a vital support person.  Prior to joining The Pat Summitt Leadership Group, Isabella was a student at Georgia College & State University and graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Business Administration minor.  While attending Georgia College, Isabella worked as a Leadership Manager at the Community Engagement Center and served as the president of her community service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma.  She led and developed a senior thesis projected entitled, “Explaining Gender Representation:  How Stereotypes and Occupational Domain Relate to Modern Workforce Perceptions” and she was honored to present her work at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Jacksonville, FL and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Kennesaw, GA.  Her favorite Pat Summitt quote is “You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.”

Contact

[email protected]

 

LeeAnn Hogan

Vice President of Business Development

LeeAnn Hogan serves as the Vice President of Business Development – Athletics at The Pat Summitt Leadership Group.  She plays an integral role in the development and implementation of a wide range of leadership focused programs for athletic organizations at all age levels and for all sports. 

Prior to joining the Leadership Group, LeeAnn was a Vice President of the Canadian division of Southwestern Family of Companies and excelled in marketing and selling a wide-range of products and programs… many in the fund-raising sector.  Along with her professional career, LeeAnn has an extensive athletic background.

In her undergraduate years at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, LeeAnn played collegiate basketball as well as soccer. After college, she played professional basketball in Vannta, Finland.  Ironically enough, although she was a professional basketball player, she has received a nomination to her college’s Hall of Fame as a collegiate soccer player.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a minor in Health/Nutrition from Grand View.  Based in Calgary, Canada, LeeAnn is dynamic sales professional as well as sports enthusiast.  Her favorite Pat Summitt quote is “Here is how I’m going to beat you.  I’m going to outwork you." 

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RM Lathan

Vice President & Chief of Staff

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[email protected]

Robin Roberts

Good Morning America

After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University as a stellar student-athlete (Communications Major and record-holding Women’s Basketball Player), Robin started her career as a sports reporter at a small station in Mississippi.  She quickly was promoted to sports anchor and then after a series of similar roles in a number of cities, at age 29, Robin became the host of ESPN’s “Sportscenter.”  Appearing a number of times as a guest reporter on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” she was ultimately hired as a full-time anchor of “Good Morning America” where Robin claims to have “the best job in the world getting to say ‘good morning’ to 60-million Americans daily…”  Taking a leave of absence from TV to undergo treatment for a rare blood disorder that she contracted after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, she returned to “Good Morning America” where she has become an iconic co-host.  Her award and accolades are never ending with the most recent being the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Radio and TV Digital News Foundation. She was a longtime, dear friend of Pat Summitt’s and delivered the keynote at Pat’s “Celebration of Life” Memorial Service.

Carla Harris

Morgan Stanley

After high school graduation, Investment Banker and Gospel Singer Carla Harris entered Harvard University where she graduated magna cum laude with her A.B. degree in economics and received her M.A. degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, she sang with the world renowned Radcliffe Chorale Society, the oldest women’s singing group at Harvard and in her own band called Rhythm Company.  She began her career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department. She has become Vice-Chairman and Managing Director in Global Capital Markets for the firm.  She led transactions such as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, the largest biotechnology follow-on offering in U.S. history.  Carla has been named by Fortunemagazine among The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America. Black Enterprisenamed her one of the Top 50 African Americans on Wall Street. Essencemagazine named her among The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World. Harvard’s Black Men’s Forumnamed her Woman of the Year in 2004.   As a gospel singer, in 2000, Harris performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall and released her first album, Carla’s First Christmas. The album was featured on The Evening News with Dan Ratherand was one of the top selling albums on Amazon.com in New York City. In 2006, Harris released her second album, entitled Joy is Waiting. She donated the proceeds to two high schools.

Carol Stiff

ESPN

Carol Stiff currently serves as ESPN Vice President, Women’s Sports Programming. She has been with ESPN since 1990 and has become one of the most influential people in women’s college sports. Carol is also a member of the USA Women’s Basketball Standing Committee, the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards Board, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Sports Foundation. Her honors include the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Leadership Award, the WISE Woman of the Year, Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame, “Bigger Picture of Being a Champion” by the Alliance of Women Coaches, Business Insider’s 50 Most Influential People Behind the Scenes in Sports, and “one of the most influential executives leading the way in women’s sports” by Sports Business Journal.  A longtime dear friend of Pat Summitt’s, Carol also serves on the board of the Pat Summitt Foundation.

Joan Cronan

University of Tennessee

Joan Cronan is an inductee in the College of Charleston Hall of Fame, the University of Tennessee Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame.  She worked with Coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee where Joan served as a trailblazer being one of the first female Athletic Directors in the U.S.  She is the recipient of the NCAA Pat Summitt Award, the YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, the NCAA Athletic Director of the Year Award, the SEC All Sports Awards (three times), AOPI Citizen of the Year, Women’s Economic Council “E” Award, and the United States Sports Academy Sports Management Award. She has served on the NCAA Executive Committee, the United Way Board of Directors, the United Way Campaign (Chair), the East Tennessee Foundation Board of Directors and the Pat Summitt Foundation board.  She was honored with both a building (“Joan Cronan Volleyball Center”) and a street (“Joan Cronan Way”) being named after her at the University of Tennessee.  At UT, Joan worked with Pat Summitt for 29 years while serving as Athletic Director.

Danielle Donehew

Women's Basketball Coaches Association

Danielle Donehew currently serves as the Executive Director for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, where she takes on active roles with affiliate organizations such as the NCAA, USA Basketball, the WNBA, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Sports Foundation  .Before coming to the WBCA, Danielle was the American Athletic Conferences’ associate commissioner for women’s basketball, serving as the primary conference leader for women’s basketball initiatives.  Danielle also served as the primary contact for IMG, the conference’s partner for the management of corporate sponsorship activation, including strategic partnerships and their fulfillment for all sport championships. Prior to her position at the American, Danielle served as associate commissioner for women’s basketball for the Big East Conference and the Executive Vice President for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream expansion team.  Danielle worked directly with legendary head coach Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball program for seven years, including two national championship seasons.  A former college basketball player herself, Danielle was inducted in the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. For Danielle's full bio, please visit: https://wbca.org/about/our-staff/executive-director

Sally Jenkins

Washington Post

Sally Jenkins is an American sports columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post. She is the author “Sum It Up: 1098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses and A Life In Perspective”with legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. It was a New York Time #1 Best Seller. She is also the author of numerous other books including the best seller, “It's Not About the Bike”with Lance Armstrong. She has  also written several novels. In 2002 she won the Associated Press's Columnist of the Year Award and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize as well.  Her work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, GQ and Sports Illustrated, and she has acted as a correspondent on CNBC as well as on NPR's “All Things Considered.”  Sally Jenkins is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English Literature and is the daughter of Hall of Fame sportswriter Dan Jenkins, who also once wrote for Sports Illustrated.

Quinton Martin

Coca-Cola

Quinton Martin serves as the Vice President of Community Marketing for Coca-Cola North America. Quinton supports the projects and ongoing processes that are essential to the success of the executive leadership team. He advances the work needed for effective communications, planning and execution of strategic priorities for the Office of the President, CCNA. He also leads the Company’s Community Marketing, Supplier Diversity and Alumni Relations. Quinton began his career with The Coca-Cola Company in 1988 as a market development manager working with bottlers in Virginia and West Virginia. In May 1992, he became account services manager for the Atlanta Account Group. He was named manager, Consumer Marketing for the Atlanta Account Group in January 1994, and then was appointed executive assistant to the president of Coca-Cola USA later that year. In February 1997, he was named region director, North Central Region responsible for bottler relationships and marketing in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. In July 1998, he was named director, Independent Field Sales and Marketing Group–East. In March 2000, he was named vice president, region manager for the Independent Region with responsibility for 70 Independent Coca-Cola Bottlers in the United States. In October 2000 he was named vice president Community Marketing for Coca-Cola North America with responsibility for its nonprofit business relationships and the planning and execution of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. In July 2010 he was named Executive Assistant and vice president Community Marketing for the Office of the President, Coca-Cola North America. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, he worked in a sales capacity with The Procter and Gamble Company and as an officer in The United States Army.

Frank Patterson

Pinewood Studios

Frank Patterson is a studio executive, entrepreneur and higher education thought leader. He currently serves as President of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the second largest purpose built film studio in North America, where the films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Passengers were produced, among others. Prior to Pinewood, Patterson served as the founding CEO of Pulse Evolution Corporation, a technology company that produces hyper-realistic digital humans for live and virtual reality applications. While at Pulse, he produced the immersive live production of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which featured an original performance by Pulse’s computer-generated and animated human likeness of the late Michael Jackson. Patterson launched his entertainment career by founding and leading several film production companies, including Houston Cinema Group and Envisage Media, where he produced and directed straight-to-video feature film content as well as commercials and various video products for brands. As an educator, Patterson teaches producing at FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts, where he served as dean from 2003 to 2016. He has been a member of the faculties of the University of Texas and Chapman University, where he also served as Associate Dean; and The Los Angeles Film School, where he led the school as President. The “Hollywood Reporter” named Patterson one of the nation’s top mentors to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers. The Florida Governor’s Office recognized him for "inspiring a generation of Florida filmmakers" and for his "contribution to and support of production in Florida." His creative and research activities are focused at the intersection of artificial intelligence and immersive technologies, with an interest in digital human agency.

Lorna Sabbia

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lorna Sabbia is a 24-year veteran with the firm and is currently Head of Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions at Bank of America. Lorna is responsible for both the institutional and personal retirement capability set to include 401(k), Equity and Health Benefit plans for companies of all sizes as well as college savings, personal retirement planning, retirement income, insurance and estate planning for individuals.

Prior to this role, Lorna served as Head of Managed Solutions where she led the discretionary and non-discretionary fee-based investment platforms, the global mutual fund and ETF offerings across all channels, and relationship management with third-party investment partners. In addition, she drove the creation and implementation of Merrill Lynch One, the largest and most successful launch of an investment advisory platform in our firm’s history.

Previous to this position, Lorna was Head of the Client Solutions Group, leading all Investments & Wealth Management and Wealth Structuring specialists and support desks, the Portfolio Strategies Desk, Annuity and Life Insurance Product management, in addition to the management of investment partner and insurance carrier relationships.

Before joining the Client Solutions Group, Lorna was Head of Sales and Marketing for Merrill Lynch Trust Company (now part of Bank of America Private Bank), and from 2002 to 2006, she served as National Sales Manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

She began her career at the company as a specialist for nearly eight years in two divisions, New York and New England, across three different disciplines.

 Lorna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. She is Executive Sponsor of the company’s Diverse Leader Sponsorship Program, Co-Chairs the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, and serves as Market Sponsor for the Knoxville market. In 2013, she was named to the “10 to Watch” list by REP. Magazine. She is also Chair Emeritus for the Money Management Institute’s Board of Governors.

Lorna is a member of the Women Against Alzheimer’s Leadership Council, the World Dementia Council, and the business development committee for More Than Words, a Boston-based job training and youth development program.

Susan Pearson Gambardella

Advantage Solutions

Susan Gambardella joined Advantage Solutions as Executive Vice President of Sales in June 2019. Prior to Advantage Solutions Susan served for 27 years with The Coca-Cola Company in numerous leadership positions that included most recently Sr. Vice President, National Retail Sales. Prior to this assignment Susan was Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the CEO and Chairman.

She has also served as Group Vice-President of the Wendy’s Global Account Team, Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola North America’s Integrated Marketing team, and Zone Vice President for Coca-Cola Foodservice and On-Premise. Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Susan was a Unit Manager with Procter and Gamble.

Susan was the Chair of Coca-Cola’s Global Women’s Leadership Council. She also served as the 2014 Chair of the Board of Directors for The Women’s Foodservice Forum and as past Chair of WFF’s Leadership and Development Annual Conference. She serves on the board of directors for Girls Inc and The Atlanta Women’s Foundation and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for The National Restaurant Association, the advisory board for The Center for Accountable Leaders at Kennesaw State University, and the board of Junior Achievement of Atlanta. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Connecticut and executive education certifications from Kellogg and Wharton. She and her husband have two children and reside in Atlanta.

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