Published November 3, 2015

Summit Faculty in the News, Autumn 2015 Edition

It is always fun to catch up with Summit faculty alumni – and to see what they are up to. They are activistic leaders – always moving their causes and organizations forward. Here are some stories caught our attention this fall.  

  • Craig Groeschel (2015, 2012, 2008) announced that will change its name to Life.Church.
  • Brené Brown (2015, 2013) launched, an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops and interviews to bring her research on courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness to a global audience.
  • Common (2015) has joined the cast of The Wiz Live! as the gatekeeper of Oz. The performance is set to air on NBC on Thursday, December 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Sallie Krawcheck (2015) landed $10 million from angel investors to launch Ellevest, a new investment platform for women.
  • Tyler Perry (2014, 2013) announced that he purchased the closed Ft. McPherson Army Base outside Atlanta as the new home for Tyler Perry Studios.
  • In the run-up to the Republican presidential primaries, Carly Fiorina (2014, 2012, 2009, 2007) has had her ups and downs, including several breakout debate performances.
  • Woodlawn, a faith-based movie produced by Mark Burnett (2013) and Roma Downey aims to bridge the racial gap in America.
  • Geoffrey Canada (2012) was named by Governor Andrew Cuomo to a State Task Force to review the Common Core learning standards in the state of New York.
  • A self-titled album by the a capella group Pentatonix, that includes Kevin Olusola (2012), charted at number one on Billboard. This was first time that an a capella group has topped the all-encompassing albums chart.
  • Cory Booker (2011) helped broker the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at reducing mandatory sentences for non-violent offenses.
  • In Greece, Christine Caine (2010)’s A21 Campaign built a mobile water station in a shipping container for Syrian refugees crossing the border.
  • WIRED and Nokia announced Catherine Hoke (Rohr) (2008) as one of its #MakeTechHuman Agents of Change, a global list of influencers who are shaping how technology is expanding human possibility.
  • Jimmy Carter (2007) celebrated his 91st Birthday in Georgia, despite his cancer diagnosis.
  • Trash, a new film starring Martin Sheen and written by Richard Curtis (2007), was released in the United States with a limited release and through video on demand.


Written by Liz Driscoll · Categorized: News & Events · Tagged: summit faculty alumni, craig groeschel, brené brown, common, sallie krawcheck, tyler perry, carly fiorina, mark burnett, geoffrey canada, kevin olusola, cory booker, christine caine, catherine hoke (rohr), jimmy carter, richard curtis

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