Julie Sumner, Founder

Julie’s personal motto is “Alis volat propriis”, which is Latin for “She flies with her own wings.” And even though she may not have realized it in her younger days, that is exactly what she has done her whole life. Julie has never quite fit into any one box. For a perfectionist and rule-follower (and admittedly, a goody-two-shoes in her younger years), this was sometimes a difficult thing for Julie to reconcile: her need to “fit in,” be a “good girl,” and follow the rules, versus her desire to break the mold, fight for change, and strive for something different.

Trisha Textor-Gerrity

Trisha brings her infectious and bubbly personality to everything she does. She has a way of connecting with people that makes everyone she meets feel like they have been long-time friends. When you take a training class with Trisha, it will never feel like a class. It feels more like an extended coffee break with a great friend and great conversation, during which you just happen to learn a great deal of really useful information.

Trisha has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources and Recruiting. For the last several years, she has been training HR professionals across the country, teaching certificate programs for HR Generalists and Internal Investigations, in addition to a number of other topics. Her passion lies with recruiting, on-boarding, and employee engagement. If you need help attracting and retaining the best candidates for your company, she’s your secret weapon!

Jenna Linder Isaacs

Jenna and Julie were colleagues when they both practiced law. Jenna, a brilliant lawyer in her own right, practiced labor and employment litigation for seven years, before leaving to start a home remodeling business with her husband. Jenna’s professional journey gives her a unique perspective from which to provide training and consulting services. Not only does she have the legal background from which to provide expertise and knowledge; she also has the practical experience of running a business on a day-to-day basis. Jenna brings that combination to her trainings and offers companies and HR professionals concrete advice about how to remain compliant and minimize risk, while still keeping the lights on and the doors open.

Lisa Lark

Lisa Lark is a communications professional and content creator with more than 10 years of corporate and agency experience. Throughout her career, Lisa has supported, planned and executed communications projects for clients of all sizes, including GM, Chevrolet, Ford Motor Company, Varroc Lighting Systems, Yazaki, Blackford Capital, Hamtramck Public Schools, IAC Group, Mopec, the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network and City Year Detroit.
Her work has included projects in corporate branding & reputation, social media, employee communications, crisis communications, public relations and strategic planning. Highlights of her career include interviewing Warren Buffett, executing a 3-day CES product demonstration and providing onsite crisis communications support during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motivated by a passion for storytelling, Lisa works closely with clients to find, develop, and deploy engaging and authentic narratives that will increase visibility, help with recruitment and retention and positively impact the bottom line.

Most recently, Lisa served as a Director at Lambert & Co., a Michigan-based PR firm, where she supported more than a dozen clients across industries, with a primary focus on the automotive, manufacturing, education and nonprofit spaces.

Lisa has secured coverage in a variety of national and industry publications including Forbes, Automotive News, Crain’s Detroit Business, The Detroit News and WardsAuto, as well as on local and national broadcast and radio. Additionally, she has secured multiple awards for clients and colleagues, including Automotive News Europe – Rising Stars and Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in HR.

Additionally, Lisa is the founder of The Dearborn Memorial Project, an initiative focused on telling the stories of the men and women who have given their lives in service to the United States. Her first book, All They Left Behind: Legacies of the Men and Women on The Wall was published in 2012 in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is included in the Library of Congress catalog. She is also the author of There and Back: The Vietnam War Through The Eyes of Those Who Lived It and Gone Too Soon: Dearborn Remembers Its Fallen Heroes. All of her books are available through MT Publishing.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, as well as master’s degrees in teaching and English as a second language, all from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She was a high school English teacher for 9 years.