Hello! My name is James Summers. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but in my mind, I’m Floridian! I studied communications and journalism at Florida A&M University and I absolutely loved it there. When it comes to my career, I have two passions, one is training and facilitating and the other is fashion, which we will get to a little later.
Prior to joining Langevin, I started my career as a communications specialist in the Florida State University Law Center. Once I moved back to Dallas I began my role as a trainer working with adults, helping them to achieve their GED. In this role, I discovered my love for training and working with adults. From there, I migrated into the corporate world training customer service representatives, creating instructional content, and making sure staff received the most effective, efficient training materials. Next, I went to work with an e-commerce distribution center, training associates handling product ordered via e-commerce outlets, which included many facets like shipping, receiving, picking and packing, and more. My responsibilities included orientation and training for new hires, refresher courses, new roll-outs for different departments, as well as training upwards of 3200 associates over the course of 6 weeks every holiday season for 4 years. Whewww!!! Talk about breaking a sweat! I also, worked with executives on leadership training. I advised them on the most effective ways to supervise their teams and handle coaching sessions and write ups; which included hard conversations.
What I most enjoy about training is when my students have that “a ha” moment. When the light bulb comes on and they can see a new way of doing things or a way to enhance their current method, it lets me know I’ve done my job.
Life’s Biggest LessonsLive life to the fullest every day because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I try to travel, spend time with family and friends, and make sure I always express how much I love them. I also do my best to put my Faith first in everything I do, which is a lesson I have learned from my mother. I make a whole-hearted effort to treat all people right and spread love wherever I go.
"I have taken online courses from other companies that were draining and unfocused. Langevin classes on the other hand are wonderful! They set the pace based on the learners. They demonstrate best practices as they teach them. They give plenty of time for practice, and all their intersession work serves a purpose. Any Langevin class, is well worth taking!"