Hilary Whiteway Cummings, M.Ed. is an award-winning community -development change agent, focused on suicide prevention. Her passion is making a difference by empowering community members. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s with distinction in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
In 2000, Ms. Cummings began working in education and prevention, and founded Education Outside the Box in 2002. Ms. Cummings creates stronger communities through training hundreds of community members in suicide prevention.
As a certified master trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a global suicide prevention program, Ms. Cummings
• conducts group workshops across the country with communities, groups, organizations, and businesses;
• offers a multi-tier approach offering programs for awareness/alertness, education, and intervention;
• provides ‘train the trainer’ programs to support groups in maintaining the impact and effectiveness of their suicide prevention work;
• presents to national conferences and organizations on the need for and benefits of suicide prevention programs, most recently, the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C
Equally at home in the Fortune 100 companies (General Motors, DuPont, British Petroleum, and American Express) where she spent the first part of her professional career as in communities with deep need, such as the Native communities where she has presented multiple suicide prevention programs, Ms. Cummings is honored to work with individuals and groups who know how important it is to address a challenging, and sometimes taboo, topic. Ms. Cummings has worked with various funding sources and is adept at providing the information and reporting necessary to fulfill requirements for private, university-based, federal, and state grants.
Ms. Cummings has been honored to receive local, regional, and national awards for suicide prevention work, including the Embrace Life Summit Suicide Prevention award. She currently serves on the Arizonans for Prevention Board.