About

Our Vision

We will activate, maximize and optimize the educational and inspirational messages derived from the life, legend, legacy and leadership lessons of Coach Pat Summitt and convert them into highly relevant, brand-appropriate programs focused on “Leadership Excellence” and “Executive Coaching for Women.”

We will provide the publics we serve with a source and resources for stellar, championship education and inspiration for girls and women.  We are ever committed to protecting and honoring Pat Summitt’s values and philosophies.  Our “lines of business” are “Publication,” “Education and Training,” and “Film.”

Ira Blumenthal

CEO

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

President & COO

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]

Brian Biro

Director of Special Projects

Lewis Preston

Leadership Summitt Director

Lewis Preston directs the Leadership Summitt events hosted by the Pat Summitt Leadership Group. Additionally, Lewis currently serves as the Vice President of Client Engagement for IntergrityATL.com. Prior to IntegrityATL.com, Lewis was a Division I Head and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. His seventeen-year coaching career took him on a journey from Coastal Carolina, to Notre Dame, and eventually to Florida. While at the University of Florida, the Gators won the 2006-07 NCAA National Championship. Lewis then was an assistant coach for Penn State during their 2008-09 NIT Championship and also served as the head coach at Kennesaw State from 2011-14. 

Ryan Blumenthal

Publishing Director

Ryan Blumenthal currently serves The Pat Summitt Leadership Group as a Publishing Associate and personal adviser to the CEO and COO. Ryan is also the Grand Opening Manager of a “Top 100” restaurant chain based out of Atlanta. Prior to his strategic marketing work in the restaurant industry, he was in business development at LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, GA where he created revenue-generating basketball programming for their 12-court basketball indoor pavilion. In his free time Ryan enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends. He is also a former college basketball player (2012-16) and Captain of the Men's Basketball team at George College & State University (DII) in Milledgeville, GA. Ryan earned all-conference honors and still holds the school record for free throw shooting.

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

Terri Holder

Retail Director

Terri Holder directs the retail lines of business for the Pat Summitt Leadership Group. Additionally, Terri is currently the owner and operator of Orange Mountain Designs, a Collegiate-Licensed company that Terri founded in 2008 from the idea of legendary coach Pat Summitt. Prior to founding Orange Mountain Designs, Terri worked at UPS for almost three decades. 

Jake Lacy

Director of High School Academy

Jake Lacy leads The Summitt Leader Academy for high school student athletes and serves as Manager of Partnerships and Prospective Business at ADDO, a leadership consultancy. He is thrilled to be able to exercise his love of business development and to be a part of programs that develop leaders around the world. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jake graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Wesleyan, where he also played baseball. As a Knoxvillian, it is Jake’s dream to work on furthering the incredible legacy of Coach Summitt in the lives of the next generation of leaders. In his spare time, Jake enjoys reading, running, and spending time on his parent's farm in Tennessee. Each of these is secondary to spending time with his wonderful wife, Emily, and their two daughters, Hunter Kate and Hattie Marie.

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.

Quintin Martin

Coca-Cola

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