This is episode 144 of the Pam Sowder Podcast, with your host, Pam Sowder! Pam has over 2 decades of field and corporate experience and was voted one of the most influential women in direct selling. She helps match the daily needs of distributors to everyday life challenges.

Today Pam is excited to be joined by a new guest, Autumn McConnell! Autumn is the founder of the Summer Success Institute in Pam’s hometown of Sarasota, Florida. The Summer Success Institute is an academic-based summer camp centered on reading and math skills for children entering kindergarten through 6th grade. Mainly, they focus on social skills, character development, community service and involvement, science exploration, and building social and relational connections through exciting games and activities.

Autumn’s love and passion for children and their education is incredibly inspiring. In this episode, Autumn shares the benefits of enrolling your children in a summer camp program; the structure of Summer Success Institute; how she ensures that children are learning in addition to having fun; and how she kickstarted her dream, made it into a reality, and her advice on how you can do the same!


Key Takeaways

[:30] About today’s episode with Autumn McConnell!

[:53] Pam welcomes Autumn to the podcast!

[1:22] Autumn introduces herself and shares the moment that she realized she needed to start the Summer Success Institute.

[2:18] How did Autumn get started on the ambitious project that is Summer Success Institute?

[4:07] How important is Autumn’s summer school program (especially during this COVID era)?

[5:52] Autumn highlights what the experience is like for parents and children at the day camp.

[10:31] How Autumn ensures that children are learning (in addition to having fun) at her summer camp!

[11:46] About Pam’s book, Rich Girl Poor Girl.

[12:10] Is Summer Success Institute good for children of stay-at-home mothers?

[15:35] Autumn’s advice for parents that do not have a summer camp near them.

[20:12] Has Summer considered expanding the school into other states or cities?

[21:41] Summer’s inspirational words to the other entrepreneurial women out there!

[24:37] Pam thanks Autumn McConnell for joining the podcast!


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