On June 7, 2016, Summit won The Sister Eymard Gallagher Award for Service to Others from the HR Leadership Association (HRLA) of Greater Washington. This award honors Summit's team for "leadership, dedication and engagement of employees to give back to the community through service to others."
"Service to others, particularly in our local community, is a key component of Summit's culture," said Jennifer Folsom, Chief of Corporate Development. "I am proud of our human capital team and our staff-driven Philanthropy Committee for finding and executing multiple high-impact community giving events for our firm."
In the winning announcement, several factors contributed to Summit's winning application:
Management support for service projects
Annual allotment of 16 philanthropy hours for each staff member
Breadth of community service offerings and creative delivery
"We are a highly collaborative and creative firm," said Julie Weber, Summit's Human Resources Manager. "One of our most popular philanthropy events last year raised money to stock backpacks for local school children. Rather than simply taking a collection, our staff members auctioned personal services like 'fantasy football manager' and 'happy hour serenade.'"
Summit is grateful to the dedicated employees who organize and contribute to our philanthropic projects. Special thanks to Senior Accountant Sean Martin, who chairs Summit's Philanthropy Committee.