Sujata Chaudhry understands what it feels like to be culturally adrift in a new environment. Little did she know that the challenges she faced growing up as the only Indian/multicultural child in her class in rural Pennsylvania would be valuable: Her first-hand experiences form the basis of her desire to help business people communicate in a culturally aware, effective manner.
Born in Bombay, Sujata’s family moved from India to England and then to the United States, living in numerous American cities. So many relocations help her empathize with immigrants who are often overwhelmed by new traditions and customs. Sujata’s personal experiences also fuel her keen awareness of the communication challenges that can arise when others don’t understand a foreigner’s culture.
Daughter of a Gujarati civil/structural engineer who ended his career as the director of the US Army Corps of Engineers at the US Army War College in Carlise, Pennsylvania, she grew up speaking fluent Gujarati and Hindi. After 5 years as a market analyst with the U.S. Navy, Sujata synthesized her education and multicultural background in a position with AMP, Inc., now TYCO. She worked as a sales engineer and cultural liaison for foreign clients of the engineering company. She collaborated exclusively with IBM engineers in Raleigh, NC, facilitating the design of PC boards.
Sujata’s combined corporate experience, perspectives, and education make her a unique trainer who brings a personal multicultural view together with an American corporate sensibility. In her 20 year-career, she has also garnered experience in non-profit branding and fundraising, as well as small business ownership.
With Tangible Development, Sujata brings her passion for cross cultural awareness and reputation as an “idea girl” together in this innovative consulting partnership. She specializes in corporate cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness training and has worked with industry leaders in finance, property management, and hospitality. Sujata presents a variety of workshops and seminars, including HOLY COW…How not to offend a Hindu and other eastern cultures, her hallmark corporate cultural sensitivity training program.
She has served on the executive committee and board for the Tri-City Indian Association and as an advisor for its youth organization. She serves on the Tech Valley Connect advisory board and is the 2014 chair of the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber, Women’s Business Council.
Sujata’s formal educational credentials include a BS/BA in Marketing from Shippensburg University and Penn State University. She is also a graduate from Duquesne University a Master of Science in Education (Summa Cum Laude).