Summit Learning Institute is an online learning gateway committed to helping students and adult learners develop the skills, mindset, and sense of agency to take ownership of their life while in pursuit of their personal and professional goals.


We offer quality professional online courses and learning resources in the areas of Empowerment Learning, Career Development, and Leadership Development.

Our Work

Courses

Quality professional Online Courses are provided in the following areas: Empowerment Learning, Career Development, and Leadership Development.

L&D Solutions

We customize, design, and develop Learning & Development (L&D) solutions for businesses, educational institutions, and community-based organizations (CBOs).

Coaching

We offer virtual Empowerment Coaching to help individuals develop and implement strategies to achieve their personal, professional, and life goals.

Our Story

Summit Learning Institute (SLI) was founded by a husband and wife team Drs. NNeka and Chris Harrison. The couple founded SLI after developing a growing passion to help people take charge of their lives in order to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Dr. NNeka Allen-Harrison, Ed.D.

President & CEO


I was raised in Oakland, CA, and taught in the local public schools. I was an underperforming student and did not realize the misfortune until my early twenties. Imagine my surprise when I sat in a community college classroom for the first time without proper preparation—I was discouraged. The deprivation of good teaching engendered my lack of academic readiness and self-confidence. Fortunately, I eventually encountered caring educators through supplemental support. During several months of intense self-discovery and personal development, I uncovered NNeka. My true academic journey began at my alma mater—Clark Atlanta University. I went from low-performing to academic excellence!

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Dr. Chris Harrison, Ed.D.

Managing Director


I was raised in a single-parent home by my mother in East Oakland, CA where she helped me realize the positive effects that religious/extra-curricular (Community), educational (School), and familial (Parental) efforts can have on helping youth overcome the challenges that often mitigate the success of students in urban areas. This led to my development of a foundational regard for family, faith, education, and community. I believe that education is a path to a higher quality of life, a way of preparation for purposeful living, and a doorway to realizing dreams, addressing social dilemmas, and leaving a mark of excellence on the hearts and minds of present and future generations.

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Our Motivation

Our Core Values

Teach With Passion
Design With Care
Inspire With Purpose

Our Team


Our trusted partners help us offer cutting-edge services, solutions, and systems to remain competitive, relevant, and reliable. Thank you to our online course instructors, empowerment coaches, platform partners, and course design specialists.


Summit Learning Institute® is a registered trademark.

Dr. Dewaina Hardee, Ed.D.

Empowerment Coach


Dr. Dewaina Hardee, wife of 34 years, mother of four adult children, and grandmother, is a professional educator of 21 years. She holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership and has been a guest speaker for numerous conferences. As a Teacher’s Union Site Representative and former Administrator, Dr. Hardee is adept at listening, assessing, and offering measurable plans of action. Her mentorship inspires and guides individuals towards lasting change through personable and tailored life coaching. In addition to this passion, Dr. Hardee enjoys leisure travel, walks on the beach, and spending time with her family.


Shanina Shumate

Online Course Instructor


Shanina "Nina" Shumate is a powerful leader with passion for providing underrepresented, undeserved and faith based communities with information and resources about college exposure, wellness and career advancement. Shanina's educational journey has taken many turns. She earned two Associates of Art degrees from Laney College. She then transferred to San Francisco State University to earn her Bachelor's of Art degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in History, and continued to earn her Masters of Science degree in Counseling with a specialization in career and emphasis in college counseling. She later earned her Yoga certification and Esthetician license to assist individuals and families to embrace their confidence and take care of their personal and professional wellness.

For the past 20 years, Shanina has gone above and beyond for every student and staff she encounters. Shanina ensures that individuals she works with know-how to navigate the systems in which they are involved, and access the resources to which they are entitled. Shanina is described by her students and colleagues as a hard-working, inspirational and "absolute rock star."