NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Southwestern Family of Companies names Pat Summitt Leadership Group as its most recent addition to the family of companies. Through this partnership, the two entities have formed an exclusive, dynamic strategic alliance to fulfill the mission of educating and inspiring students, athletes, business people and the next generation of leaders using the principles and teachings of the iconic coach Pat Summitt.

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As coach of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team for 38 years, Summitt won eight national championships and maintained a 100-percent student-athlete graduation rate. After winning 1,098 games as coach, she received the title of the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history. She also was a recipient of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the Sporting News’ listing of the «Top 100 US Coaches of All Time in All Sports,» Coach Summitt was the only woman on the list. She was also a New York Times best-selling author and along with University of California, Los Angeles’ head coach John Wooden, was named «The Coach of the Century» by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. More importantly, Summitt developed a coaching and leadership philosophy that transcends the game of basketball. Today, that philosophy is widely know as «The Definite Dozen.»

Formed in 2017, Pat Summitt Leadership Group aims to expand the legend, legacy and leadership lessons of the American treasure, Pat Summitt. Through film, educational programs and publishing, Pat Summitt Leadership Group achieves it mission of spreading the philosophies of Pat Summitt to leaders and future leaders of all ages across the world.

«We were immediately drawn to Pat Summitt Leadership Group since Pat Summitt’s ‘Definite Dozen’ aligns directly with the longstanding principles of our company,» says Dustin Hillis, chief executive officer of Southwestern Family of Companies. «Southwestern Family of Companies is thrilled to join the mission of preserving the legacy and extending the teachings of such an iconic leader for generations to come.»

«Southwestern Family of Companies’ lines of business, infrastructure and statement of purpose are a perfect fit with the principles and integrity Coach Summitt represented,» says Kim Blumenthal, co-founder and president of Pat Summitt Leadership Group. «We often ask ourselves, ‘What would Pat do?’ We are confident Pat would have embraced this strategic partnership with Southwestern Family of Companies.» 

Pat Summitt Leadership Group is guided by an exemplary Executive Advisory Council, comprised of talented individuals including:

  • Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America
  • Carol Stiff, vice president, women’s sports programming at ESPN
  • Sally Jenkins, sports columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post
  • Lorna Sabbia, head of retirement and personal wealth solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Frank Patterson, president of Pinewood Studios
  • Carla Harris, vice-chairman and managing director in global capital markets at Morgan Stanley
  • Quintin Martin, chief of staff, Coca-Cola North America
  • Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee athletic director emeritus 
  • Danielle Donehew, executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

Alongside the Pat Summitt Leadership Group’s strong team of leaders, the council members and Southwestern Family of Companies are dedicated to sharing the teachings of the iconic Coach Pat Summitt worldwide.

About Pat Summitt Leadership Group:
We activate, maximize and optimize the educational and inspirational messages derived from the life, legend, legacy and leadership lessons of Coach Pat Summitt. Our focus is leadership excellence with a special emphasis on girls and women. We are ever committed to honoring Pat Summitt’s values and «The Definite Dozen» philosophies through education and training, film and the publication of books including the publication that recently launched Quotes from the Summitt. To learn more, visit:

About Southwestern Family of Companies:
Established in Nashville, Tenn. in 1855, Southwestern Family of Companies is a global leader in building direct sales businesses. Southwestern is one of the largest and oldest private corporations in Tennessee with operations all over the world in locations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Canada… and more.  Southwestern Family of Companies is comprised of 18 companies across industries with the shared goals of building people and helping customers. Current members of the family of companies include: Southwestern Fundraising, the largest school fundraising business worldwide; Southwestern Investment Group, one of the largest Raymond James Financial Planning firms worldwide; Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct sales business in the US; Southwestern Tax Services, which handles personal and business tax services; Southwestern Real Estate, a residential real estate company; Southwestern Publishing Group, which publishes a wide range of imprints; Wildtree, an organic meal solutions business; Southwestern Travel, which specializes in various forms of corporate, luxury and education travel; Global Education Concepts, an exchange program providing visas and job opportunities worldwide; Southwestern Insurance Group, which handles property and casualty insurance; Southwestern Consulting, which is threefold: Southwestern Coaching (one-on-one sales and leadership coaching), Southwestern Speakers, and Southwestern Empowerment; Inspire Kindness; Thinking Ahead, an executive search firm; and SBR Consulting, a sales performance improvement consulting business.

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