Sumona De Graaf, Ph.D.
Prior to joining ghSMART, Sumona was the global head of Career Development at Bloomberg LP. There she worked across all levels of the organization, working to attract, develop and retain key talent. With a data-driven approach, she designed and implemented initiatives that addressed the talent and organizational challenges that leaders and employees face as they navigate their careers. She was often turned to as an advisor to senior leaders across the organization, and called upon for her creativity and energy used to solve complex people issues. She has nearly a decade of experience working in the financial sector.
Sumona has had extensive experience working with private and public company Boards and coaching senior executives, with a specialty in change management and leading through transitions to drive performance. She has also worked with high potential and high flight risk talent to drive talent retention efforts for companies. Her background in psychology coupled with her applied experience position her uniquely to coach and develop leaders to perform at their best.
Sumona is also the Executive Director of the SMARTKids Leadership Program™, which provides 10 years of mentoring and $100,000 scholarships to students with leadership potential from low-income communities.
Sumona’s area of expertise is human motivation, and her passion lies in aligning people and practices to the broader organizational mission and vision. With line of sight, she believes that people derive more meaning and value from their work – resulting in higher levels of productivity and organizational success.
Sumona has a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Lehigh University. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Georgia, and currently lives in New York City with her husband Justin, her sons, and her beloved Old English Sheepdog.