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Gail Letts

Business/Employer:

SunTrust Bank
919 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23261

Phone:

804-782-5390

E-mail address:

gail.letts@suntrust.com

Education:

B. A. English, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:

- Chair, 2010 Heart Gala (current)
- Chair, 2009 – 2010 Greater Richmond Partnership Board of Directors (current)
- Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Banker’s Association (current)
- Member, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Chair of Task Force on Financial Literacy, United Way of Greater Richmond (current)
- Member, Board of Trustees, VCU School of Business (current)
- Member, Board of Directors, CenterStage Foundation and Education Committee (current)
- Member, Board of Directors, Richmond Symphony Orchestra (current)
- Member, President’s Advisory Council, UNOS (current)
- Member, Advisory Board, Homeward (current)

Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?

I have been fortunate to have mentors at every stage of my career and it would be difficult to single out just one person. With that said, my husband has been my greatest mentor, always giving me constructive feedback to help me improve and providing me with support and reassurances

What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?

I came from a family with financial challenges and I am the only one in the family to graduate from college, which I paid for on my own. It gives me great pride that I’ve been successful professionally and as a wife and mother, while also giving to my community and mentoring others.

What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?

Never settle…….always challenge yourself to be better and be open to challenges, opportunities and feedback.

How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?

I’m not sure there is truly ever a balance, but there is clearly room in my life to give my best to my family, my profession and my community. It does, however, take constant attention, great time management and multi-tasking skills and the need to know when you’re at your limit.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

Happy.

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

I am an avid reader who finds “pearls of wisdom” in almost everything that I read. However, one of my favorite passages comes from James Patterson’s novel Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and involves the “lesson of the five balls” and how to have “the beginnings of balance in your life.”

What are two things about you that not many people know? First, that I really can sit on the beach with a novel and not move all day long. Second, I love all forms of jazz, particularly Cuban Jazz.

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