This woman has used her platform to make a generative difference and or served as a mentor, leader, or coach (officially or unofficial) in dedication to the advancement of others. Leading by example, this woman has a visible reputation for using her voice to curate effective change.
Sumi Lanneau is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Human Resource Management. After several years in professional roles she pursued her Master of Human Resource Management degree from the University of Richmond. During Sumi's career progression she continued to learn by earning the Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) designation from Human Capital Institute, Strategic HR Business Partner (sHRBP) from Human Capital Institute, and the SHRM Certified Professional designation (SHRM-CP) through SHRM. She has advanced through her career in a variety of roles, marrying her IT and HR knowledge together. She has worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dominion, & Federal Reserve Bank in a variety of roles ranging from analyst to director levels. Sumi currently holds a position as the Commonwealth's Sr. Workforce Planning & Development Consultant with the Department of Human Resource Management. As an avid supporter of the Greater Richmond community Sumi is on the Richmond SHRM Board, Leader of the Rising Professionals Committee with Richmond SHRM, VCU Employer Board and Commonwealth Management Association (CMA) Board. Sumi is married to her college sweetheart and is the proud mother of two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
As the first born of immigrant parents, education and career success was ensconced in me from a young age. While my parent's didn't quite know how to navigate a professional career and the challenges one faces, they instilled hard work, accountability and integrity into me from an early age. As I was able to navigate a professional career journey, it became a passion project to figure out how I can help those getting ready to graduate from college or those early in their careers with support tools. I have served as the Rising Professionals Committee chair for four years now, was empowered to build the program and it's offerings. When I began leading the committee there were 3-4 of us, now our committee has 19 members. We started small with hosting an annual free program for students or recent grads about how to navigate the career journey. This includes interviewing, job searching, meeting employers, building connections with other young professionals from higher education institutions in the Greater Richmond Area, public, private and for-profit. We have raised funds and hosted three events and launched web series when the pandemic hit to continue to support our targeted audience of rising professionals. The work we have done energizes me, the opportunity to mentor, coach and guide my committee as they navigate their career journey's brings me sheer joy. Our web series was a finalist with National SHRM for the Pinnacle Award in 2020.
That is the reason I continue to lead this committee -- we do everything to support the Rising Professionals at no cost, purely just to give back. If you have ever read the quote "Be the person you needed when you were younger", it is for this very reason I help young professionals and hopefully inspire them to give back once they are positioned to do so.
Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys