Sumona De Graaf is a Principal at ghSMART, partnering with leaders of organizations to unleash their true potential through management assessment, leadership coaching, and talent and organizational development solutions. She works across multiple sectors, advising clients on their most critical organizational and leadership challenges.
Prior to joining ghSMART, Sumona was the global head of Career Development at Bloomberg LP, focusing on the attraction, development and retention of 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. As an advisor to senior leaders across the organization, she applied analytical rigor and creativity to solve complex people issues that drove business performance.
Sumona works closely with private and public company Boards and senior executives, with a specialty in change management and leading through transitions to drive performance. She specializes in enhancing the readiness and performance of talent through executive coaching. She has also worked with enterprise leaders to drive talent development and 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’s area of expertise is human motivation and harnessing the power of purpose, 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 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 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.