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Kind Profile: Altruistic

Erin Michelson

Founder + CEO


Erin Michelson is a leading growth strategist with experience working within both the financial and social arenas with firms such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and American Express, as well as Kellogg, Ashoka, and Tides foundations.

A frequent keynote speaker and author of the Adventure Philanthropist book series, Erin has a BA from Mills College, an M.Phil. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a MA from The New School for Social Research in system design.

Erin founded Summery after a two-year trip volunteering with humanitarian organizations in 62 countries, all 7 continents. Before setting off on her adventure, Erin sold everything she owned and started a charitable fund to give away the money as she traveled. Upon her return, she wrote her book series and set off on a 15-month North American & Australian book tour.

Erin wrote the Adventure Philanthropist series to share the joy she found in volunteering and to inspire others to find professional and personal fulfillment through social impact activities. And yet, folks couldn’t see themselves living Erin’s extreme lifestyle.

So Erin stopped touring and decided to build the tools to help people first understand their values and then easily activate their values. She recruited an ex-Google engineer to build the prototype of The Kind Quiz and quickly assembled Summery’s A-team to help build out this vision of participatory philanthropy.

That first MVP was more than 3 years ago. Today, Summery is continuing to expand its reach from the philanthropic space, to educational organizations, and into the corporate world. Please join us on this journey to inspire profound individual, organizational, and societal change.