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James Summers is the owner of The Summers Group, LLC (TSG).  TSG designs business solutions that improve profitability through diversity and inclusion.  The company’s primary focus is on small and very small businesses assisting them to develop the effective business processes to build capacity and grow.  James has over 30 years of business leadership experience launching new and innovative products and services for fortune 500 companies and leading and directing profitable multi-million dollar business operations. 

James leads and facilitates workshops for various major Diversity and Inclusion firms throughout the US.  For the Center for Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center TSG markets, manages and develops business for the Midwest region.  For the Chicago Urban League he developed and led Diversity & Inclusion Programming.  For the Whirlpool Corporation, James was director of Global E-Business, developed innovation teams and Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair.  For Spiegel, Inc. he directed Electronic Publishing. 

James is a Business Instructor at National College, and a SCORE volunteer mentor specializing in connecting the organization to communities of color.  He serves on several boards, committees and commissions including Notre Dame Federal Credit Union; the Youth Service Bureau- South Bend, IN; Community Forum for Economic Development; The South Bend Career Academy; The Community Education Impact Committee and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.  He is the current Economic Development Committee Chair for both the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend and NAACP South Bend Chapter; and the past Diversity & Inclusion Advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management Michiana and Oakbrook, IL chapters.

For more information visit or call 574-247-9280.

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

Industry Experience
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Technical & Scientific Services
  • Other


University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Bachelor of Science

University of Michigan Business School Executive Education Center - Finance for Non-financial Managers

Communication Methods

  • In Person
  • Phone
  • Video