'Genuine Trust Leads to Strong Bonds'
Jessica Hudson is the new president of the Summa Foundation and chief development officer for Summa Health. In her new roles she will lead the strategic direction and operations. Hudson, BA '04, MS '07, MBA '11, is a proud alumna who obtained three degrees from Kent State University. Before working at Summa, Hudson worked at Kent State, where she was responsible for fundraising and building relationships. Starting at Summa in March 2013, Hudson has accomplished many things, such as surpassing $100 million for the "Caring for You" campaign, according to Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Learn more about Jessica Hudson and Summa Foundation as she answers these five questions.
Why are you excited about your new roles at Summa?
In my role as president at Summa Foundation and chief development officer for Summa Health, I am excited and grateful to serve our supporters and the community by inspiring unprecedented levels of philanthropic support to enhance the patient experience and empower clinical excellence.
What is the key to growing relationships across communities?
Being authentic, asking questions and listening. I think we all want to feel connected to others and share our successes and lessons. Over time, this builds a genuine trust which leads to strong bonds.
What makes you proud to work at Summa?
I have worked at the Summa Foundation for nearly 10 years. The culture of compassion and the highest quality of care inspires me each day at Summa. Summa is focused on serving our community through addressing the social determinants of health and addressing the barriers people experience when they seek access to healthcare, such as transportation, food security and social support. Summa Health is the safety net provider for our community and we care for all, regardless of one’s ability to pay.
How did Kent State help set you up for success in the world of corporate communications?
I studied English, library science and business. All of those subjects taught me the importance of clear and concise communication and how to use research and data to drive successful business outcomes.
What advice do you have for Kent State students?
Kent State is one of the best universities in Ohio. Be a lifelong learner, continue to build your network and remember to have some fun!