Summer Willow Fitch is a transformational leader with over 20 years of experience delivering measurable results in program and process management initiatives for diverse groups. Summer holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Organizational Management from West Chester University, and an MBA in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Eastern University. Summer developed a passion for entrepreneurship at an early age. When she was 9 years old, she started her first venture - a maid service and by age 25 she created a traveling mixology service affectionately called, In Good Spirits. Structuring, implementing, and operating businesses intrigue Summer, and creating jobs lit a fire that propelled her to begin advising emerging entrepreneurs in her network from ideation to sustainability.
Summer’s interest in entrepreneurship and business development was a value add and common thread throughout her career. She catapulted from undergrad to the automotive finance world and while climbing the ranks in companies like Daimler Chrysler and Wells Fargo, she immersed herself in every aspect of the business. She took her client relationship, vendor, and process management skills from automotive finance to the nonprofit sector and managed over $30M in grant funds for the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (now, Philadelphia Works). In this space, she strengthened her business development acumen and built capacity for grantees through compliance and training measures that maximized awards.
Summer’s work as Deputy Policy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (MOCEO), bolstered her knowledge and practice in equity and inclusion. She was instrumental in building infrastructure for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone; one of the first five zones designated by the Obama Administration in 2014 to improve affordable housing, economic opportunities, quality education, health and wellness, and public safety. Summer now holds multiple certifications in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is skilled in facilitating learning experiences through curriculum and training design.
In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summer joined forces with Tamika Otis, CEO/Principal of KABOD Consulting Group, LLC. as Sr. Partner/Principal. This emerging consulting agency specializes in training and development, entrepreneurial alignment support, grant review and management, and speaking engagements.
Summer climbed the ranks galvanizing individuals, businesses, and communities into action, and has an uncanny grasp of the tools needed to activate maximum results for and from her clients. With a zeal for serving underrepresented populations, Summer has also pledged her time and resources as Co-Founder and Vice Chairwoman of the Black Women Give Foundation whose mission is to engage African American women and girls in philanthropy by joining the growing trend of collective giving.
In addition, Summer’s mixology career afforded her 13 years of armchair therapy experience and in 2015 she was influenced to pen her first published book titled, Let Me Tell You Like I Told Myself: Love’s Truth Never Changes; a compilation of candid reflections and advice she gave herself and subsequently her bartending staff and clients on love and relationships. Her literary contributions have been featured in major trade magazines, blogs, and published books. Summer is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., obsessed with animals, traveling, and music.