Summit Leaders

Summit Leaders uses personal coaching and outdoor adventure to inspire vision and purpose in the leaders of today and tomorrow.  

Summit Leaders was founded by Joël Malm in 2007.  It started with leadership training conferences in the outdoors. Summit Leaders teams have hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, crossed the Scottish Highlands, rafted Grand Canyon and lots of other great adventures.

From these trips Summit Leaders Coaching was created based on the concepts in Joël's book Vision Map: Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams on Moody Press. Coaching participants work through a process of finding their unique wiring, identifying personal barriers to growth, conquering fears, and launching out into their calling. 

Here are some of our most recent expeditions.

Israel 2018

Inca Trail/Machu Picchu 2017

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An invitation from Pastor and New York Times Best-Selling Author Mark Batterson.

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About Joël Malm

Joël Malm is an entrepreneur, author, personal development coach and founder of Summit Leaders.

He has started everything from a business to a not-for-profit, and he’s even started a church. He loves helping people pursue a life of freedom and courage. 

He's a former missionary kid who spent his teens in Central America. He's traveled in over seventy countries on six continents and speaks three languages. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Counseling.

He is the author of Vision Map and Fully You. He blogs regularly at

He and his wife Emily currently live in Texas.

What People Are Saying About Summit Leaders 

I can’t think of a better person to walk you through the process of going after your dream than Joël Malm. He is a true entrepreneur and adventurer who has a heart to see you accomplish the great things God placed in your heart.
— Mark Batterson, Pastor and New York Times Best-Selling Author
[Summit Leaders] became a life-changing experience for me. All of a sudden I realized how much in life I had been truly missing....I can’t explain it but here is the closest to it: I quit trying to make a living and began to make a life!
— Marcus, Pastor and Program Participant
I enthusiastically endorse Summit Leaders as God has used Joël to help bring about amazing transformations in my life in moving the ball forward. As a result, I am now actively pursuing God’s vision for my life, a vision that includes developing Rwanda’s next generation of leaders.
— Alan, University Professor and Program Participant