Sui Lang L. Panoke is Founder & Principal of Women Politics Media, LLC. Through WPM, she has designed and delivered high-impact leadership and communications trainings for a wide range of local, national, and global organizations targeting women, minorities and emerging young leaders throughout the U.S. and Africa. She is an international trainer, coach, op-ed author, ghost writer and political/media strategist whose work has been published in the Washington Post, the New York Times and a number of local and state-wide print and online publications throughout the world.
She is also committed to getting more women and people of color elected to public office. She has served at Emily’s List, the Congressional Black Caucus’ PAC, the DC office of the Honorable James E. Clyburn and the Young Democrats of America’s Women’s and Minority Caucus working on local, state-wide, and national campaigns.
Sui Lang launched WPM’s newest project, The RE-Think Tank for Women, in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2016. The RE-Think Tank for Women is a social think tank designed to challenge women to RE-Think how and what they think by hosting intimate conversations with women with diverse points of view on a wide range of topics from politics to religion. Through the RE-Think Tank, Sui Lang most recently partnered with GEN PAC to launch the Millennial Policy Tank in Utah’s Silicon Slopes on September 29, 2017. The Millennial Policy Tank will host monthly Policy Tank discussions on a wide range of policy issues facing Utahans today bringing together policymakers, business leaders and Millennials on both sides of the aisle to generate innovative policy solutions.
WPM is committed to empowering leaders around the world to engage in the political process and ultimately run for elected office. In 2010, WPM partnered with the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network and IRI Nigeria to train women aspirants, community activists, media experts, Political Party leaders, and members of the National Assembly on political communications and messaging in Lagos, Nigeria. Most notably in 2013, Sui Lang served as an expert trainer for IRI South Sudantraining women and men serving as Political Party leaders and members of Parliament on strategic communications, political speech writing, public speaking, and debating skills in Juba, South Sudan. WPM has also facilitated media and political communications workshops for six bi-annual World Learning conferences in Washington, DC (2012-14) bringing together over 240 International Professional Fellows from over 40 different countries to gain practical skills and experience from American experts working in a diverse range of public and private sector fields.
Sui Lang currently serves on the Advisory Board of Vote It Loud, a nonpartisan minority voter initiative aimed to increase civic engagement among communities of color. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Multi-Cultural Media Correspondents Association, a professional network of multicultural journalists, policymakers, organizations and news outlets committed to increasing media diversity. The MMCA will host its Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on May 24, 2018, bringing together over 400 multi-cultural leaders in the media and public policy arena to honor their valued contributions to America’s democratic process. Sui Lang served as Chair of the Young Women Leaders Board from 2009-14 overseeing the WeLEAD program, a nonpartisan political leadership training program sponsored by American University’s Women & Politics Institute targeting young women pursuing careers in politics. She served as Vice Chair of the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum from 2011-14 and has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Patsy Mink Project 2010-12 garnering support for Asian Pacific American women candidates running for Congress. She was also the youngest Commissioner to serve on Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission launching diversity initiatives in local schools throughout the state.
Sui Lang holds an MPA from American University’s School of Public Affairswith a Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership and received the “Outstanding Women & Politics Institute’s Leadership” award upon graduation. She earned her BS in Political Science from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics after completing her first year of undergrad at Brigham Young University’s Hawaii Campus.
She is the proud mother of an intellectually curious fourteen-year-old daughter named Kaleila Dae Relle Ka’iulani Alaka’i Wren and the newest addition to their family, Rouge (Rue) Ke Koa Lokomaika’i Alaka’i Wren, a red toy poodle born May 22, 2016. Together, they reside on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.