UW Platteville #ELGLInspire Speaker: Gail Sumi

Posted on October 2, 2019


#ELGLInspire is coming to UW Platteville on October 4th! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them before and after the event!

Gail Sumi


Member Engagement & Communications Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)? 

Carhop at the A&W and no, I did not have to wear rollerskates.

What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in? 

I have a BA in German/Political Science.

What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today? 

It was a while ago so life lessons have prevailed.  None.

What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it? 

“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean.  I love it because I love libraries and am a nerd.

What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared? 

Never burn your bridges!

What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).

A lack of curiosity and a willingness to learn are red flags. You can not know it all so ask some questions – about the work culture, definition of team or about the approval process for your work.  Here’s a good one – How many layers does a memo have to go through before it gets approved?

Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?

You have real impact in your backyard.

Do you have a work or life motto? What is it? 

So cliché, but “do unto others” is always a good one.

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