About New Summit

Elevating Performance Beyond Expectations

We develop the leaders who fulfill the vision and purpose of their organizations.

Most new managers and supervisors feel overwhelmed after they receive the fantastic news of their promotion or hire. They soon realize that they are woefully under-skilled or unprepared for their new roles. A common occurrence for mountaineers is to scale a peak assuming it is the pinnacle of the mountain, only to discover the summit is still higher. This leads to frustration and feelings of failure as the task ahead seems even more daunting and unreachable.


Leadership training by experienced leaders and educators.

New Summit was founded in the passionate belief that maximum human potential is achieved through education and empowerment. Our leadership teams are all executive leaders and business owners who have not only risen from the ranks, but understand the challenges facing new managers and their organizations and are experts at solving them. Our passion is in the development of an organization’s talent, specifically frontline managers and supervisors, who hold the key to a company’s success.

Meet the New Summit Team

Learn more about New Summit Leadership - dunklepicAllen Dunkle

CEO/Founder New Summit LLC

The Founder of New Summit, Allen is passionate about providing companies with the tools they need to have their managers succeed. He has been training professionals to be amazing leaders for over 15 years.

As an experienced executive and small business owner, Allen enjoys the opportunity of leading talented and diverse global teams whose purpose is to create critical-to-performance knowledge, skills, and technology solutions for regional and global client bases. As a recognized leader in training and education, Allen has experience leading organizations for companies such as Trizetto, GeoLearning, Kenan Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Oracle as well as running successful businesses in the education and localization field.

Allen combines his talents with his passion for education to drive positive change towards a person’s potential. He has a master’s degree in Adult Education and is skilled in Six Sigma, Project Management, assessment/evaluation, competency management, change management, and process engineering. He is currently on the ASTD advisory committee for the BEST Awards annual selection and is a member of the Gifus Advisory Group, a distinguished and elite group of thought leaders from throughout the education and training industries who provide timely, accurate, and insightful information and consulting on various areas of the industry.


Learn more about New Summit Leadership - placeholder-later1Diane Edwards

VP Channel/Business Development

Diane has over 20 years in strategic sales and Channel Partnership Development in various leadership roles. By leveraging her technical and business acumen in forming strategic partnerships and ecosystems that align technology and services, she enables organizations to attract, engage, and retain talent.

Diane has years of experience leading teams responsible for learning and development, channel partnerships and direct sales. Repeatedly recognized for yielding way beyond set quotas and growing seasoned and start-up companies, her leadership skills have been fined tuned over the years. Recognized as a trusted advisor by her clients, Diane thrives in leading teams that bring value-add to organizations. These value-adds are outcomes to developing and implementing strategies and partnerships that drive revenue and contributes to the achievement of organizational success.

Diane is combining her talent in HR technologies along with her leadership and trusted advisor expertise to improving an organization’s talent. Focusing on delivering an ecosystem of products and services that bridge the gap in leadership pipeline, maximize human potential and develop, engaged next-generation leaders. Diane is proud to be a part of the amazing team at New Summit and spearheads the business development and execution of New Summit sales, channel partnership, and New Summit’s Leadership Ecosystem.


Learn more about New Summit Leadership - mark1Mark Laurin

SVP Human Capital Solutions

Mark Laurin has over 35 years of continuous experience in the adult learning and training profession as a teacher, instructor, facilitator, instructional designer, solution architect, and senior leader. He is a member of the executive team for New Summit Leadership as Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management Solutions. Prior to New Summit he worked with Crystal Caliper Education Solutions as Vice President of Human Capital Solutions/Senior Learning Architect, and at SumTotal Systems, as the Talent Development and Readiness Enablement Manager. With Terumo BCT, he was the Senior Manager of Operations, Learning and Workplace Performance, and with Galileo International, as their Senior Manager of Global Human Resources Training and Development.

Mark served as an adjunct faculty member instructing both graduate and undergraduate degree programs at various colleges and universities (University of Denver, Webster University, University of Phoenix, Arapahoe and Westminster Community Colleges). Additionally, for the University of Denver as an academic advisory board member and career development mentor. Mark was twice President of the International Society for Performance Improvement's (ISPI) Front Range Chapter in Colorado. In 2010, during the society’s international conference he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his over twenty years of leadership and dedication to ISPI.

His undergraduate degree is in Speech Communications and Philosophy from Ripon College. His graduate degree is in Speech Communications with an emphasis on Linguistics from the University of Denver. He is a certified Instructional Technologist through the Center for Effective Performance, and Master Trainer


Learn more about New Summit Leadership - drmattDr. Matt Casey

Learning & Performance Executive

Matt Casey has over 15 years experience in training solution design, implementation, and testing in a variety of business settings in various executive and senior leadership roles. Dr. Casey’s background includes training evaluation methods, training program management in both centralized and decentralized environments, technical communications management, instructional design program management, quality assurance, and help desk management.

Prior work experience in software, legal, consulting, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries have required a breadth of applications to performance initiatives. Dr. Casey has designed performance solutions in the areas of instructor-led training, virtual instructor-led training, on-line training, and blended learning. Matt also has extensive experience and knowledge of evaluating the effectiveness of training, and developed an indirect training evaluation method called Problem-Based Inquiry.

Matt’s skills include learning assessment and training evaluation; learning needs assessment; instructional design and development; and facilitation and training. His education encompasses an undergraduate degree in Psychology focusing on Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a master’s degree in Technical Education, and a Ph.D. in Curricular and Instructional studies. Dr. Casey has published and presented on various training-related topics and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at The University of Akron.


Learn more about New Summit Leadership - katie1Katie Brinkley

Director of Marketing

Katie is the voice and messaging behind New Summit. She creates an online strategy that connects and strategically moves people through the digital marketing funnel. From social media to email campaigns, she is focused on building authentic relationships with New Summit clients. This approach educates, motivates, inspires, and engages. A Colorado native, Katie enjoys everything outdoors and spending time with her family.


Learn more about New Summit Leadership - jana1Jana Bramwell

Media Designer

Jana Bramwell is a media designer who produces materials used in the promotion, visual identity, and messaging of New Summit. She believes that every piece of a project has a vital role in its success. By ensuring the “face” and message of a brand is on point, is an essential part of what a company needs to thrive.

She has over 10 years of experience working with multiple brands to assist them in defining and creating their unique message and vision. Jana received her degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado. She is always looking for the next opportunity to expand her professional creative endeavors and understand the current industry trends through workshops and training events. That experience makes her a great fit for a business whose focus is on education and training leaders and helping organizations thrive. When she’s not designing, you can find Jana enjoying the outdoors in beautiful Colorado and spending time with her family and friends.