Big Companies: Pay It Forward

Huffington Post logoAs an entrepreneur and a medical executive with a focus on innovation for a Fortune 200 health service company, I’ve been on both sides of the employment aisle. I’ve come to understand the importance of “pay it forward” now more than ever before.

We stand at a crossroads today — with all eyes on the U.S. economy — and choices about how to propel ourselves into a prosperous future. It’s clear that big companies can and must help small companies succeed, as most of the jobs growth in our country is driven by startups. According to data from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, young companies under five years old accounted for nearly all of the net job growth in our country between 1980 and 2005.

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Entrepreneur and Business Innovation Strategist Summer Knight, MD, MBA Hits Best Seller List

WIN Cover Summer Knight, MD, MBA, known as “Dr. Biz,” recently hit three separate best-seller lists with the new marketing book “Win! 35 Winning Strategies From Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs.”

Orlando, Fla. – November 21, 2011 – Summer Knight, MD, MBA, Business Innovation Strategist and Entrepreneur, joined a select group of leading expert entrepreneurs to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Win! 35 Winning Strategies From Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs.

On the day of release, Win! 35 Winning Strategies From Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs reached best-seller status in three separate categories. The book reached #1 in the Direct Marketing category. It also reached best-seller status in the Entrepreneurship and Business Management categories.

Win! 35 Winning Strategies From Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs was released on Thursday, September 22, 2011 and features top advice from some of the most successful experts from around the world. The authors share business strategies and real-life solutions that can help others in the new and rapidly changing economy. Dr. Summer Knight contributed the “Brain Train” chapter. Win was released under CelebrityPress™.

After such a successful release Summer Knight will be recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.

From CelebrityPress:

Everyone loves to WIN. Winning connotes a competitive spirit, a rise to the top, and that supreme feeling of accomplishment. Mankind has posted gains throughout history and these exemplify the victory of a WIN! So… “What are we winning in this book?” This book uses the benchmarks of Health, Wealth and Success as three targets for Winning. We have therefore included a select group of people who have surmounted the pinnacle of these lofty peaks …men and women that can look back down the mountain and say, “I did it!” Regardless of how you ‘slice it and dice it,’ the chapters in this book give you inside traits, habits and actions of successful achievers in an enjoyable read. If you have a desire to join them, you can read, scrutinize and copy the methods and thinking that these WINNERS have developed to help get you there. The plans and strategies in this book are many and varied. Each chapter is characterized by focus, discipline and substance. Follow the Celebrity Experts, adopt tested and proven winning strategies in your life and be… A WINNER!!!

Learn more about Dr. Knight at

Dr. Summer Knight is an innovative physician health care expert turned businesswoman successfully founding, rapidly scaling, and profitably selling companies in health, education, and real estate. She is an executive at a Fortune 200 Health and Wellness integration company on a customer centric mission, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Springboard Enterprises having founded Springboard Partners, a consulting group of CEO’s and powerful entrepreneurs who facilitate the rapid growth of scalable businesses. Dr. Knight leads the DSK brand focused on empowering people to live their GREATest lives. Summer Knight loves to have fun, inspire people to succeed, and facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.

Knight has significant expertise in the clinical, governmental, and private sector health care arenas. As the former Chief Medical Officer of the State of Florida, Dr. Knight influenced Medicaid policy, health care facility regulations and stakeholder interactions. From this experience, Dr. Knight founded IntegriCor, LLC, changing the Medicaid marketplace by rewarding providers for improving health care quality and increasing stakeholder communication while eliminating fraud. This marketplace shift became the leading platform for long-term care integrity in several states and managed care markets.

Dr. Knight has participated in creating scalable businesses and supported high-growth organizations by joining as CEO, Chief Medical Officer, or Executive Advisor. She has extensive experience and has contributed value to companies in Strategic Planning and Transformation, Problem Solving, CEO and leadership coaching, Capital Acquisition, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Health Care innovations, and mentoring and consulting CEO’s and decision-making executives to focus on rapid growth of scalable businesses.

Dr. Summer Knight is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and alumna of Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit organization representing women who have led successful high-growth businesses and who have collectively raised $5 billion in equity financing. She is passionate about innovators as well helping people to find their “inner entrepreneur”, hence she founded DSK Companies to support ventures relating to innovations in health, wellness, and sustainability with a focus on helping to develop success through networking, tools, and skillsets to accelerate the organization’s rate of success.

In addition to her corporate experience, Dr. Knight founded the State Government Physician Leadership Council and was appointed by the Governor to the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Committee. She also has served on the boards of the Florida Dialogue on Cancer Access Committee, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Capital Health Plan, and both the Quality Practice Management Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee with the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. An author and frequent public speaker, Dr. Knight has been an invited presenter at Medicaid Management Information System and Home and Community Based Services national meetings, the Council of State Government for Disease Management in Washington, DC, the Florida Medical Association, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, and the Florida Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Knight is also very active in philanthropic and community affairs serving as a college Trustee, a member of a community Leadership organization, founding member of the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Advisory Committee of Tallahassee Community College’s Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program. She has served as Secretary and Sub-Committee Chair for the Gilchrist Elementary School Advisory Committee and received the Outstanding School Volunteer Award from the school’s PTA during the 2008 school year. She has also volunteered with organizations such as Cornerstone Learning Center, Refuge House and the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative.

Dr. Knight received her M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. She has gained valuable medical experience as a family physician, urgent care and Emergency Room physician, and as a firefighter/ paramedic. Dr. Knight loves to have fun, inspire people to succeed, and facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.

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