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 Carlisle, 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-culturall awareness and reputation as an “idea girl” together in this innovative consulting partnership. She specializes in Diversity, Inclusion, and Global training and consultancy 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 cultures, her hallmark corporate cultural sensitivity training program. Sujata is featured on the June 2016 cover of HERLIFE for her notable work and contributions to her clients and community (www.herlifenewyork.com).
She has served on the executive committee and board for the Tri-City Indian Association and as an advisor for its youth organization. Her passion continues as she works to help bridge the cultural gap and to promote the advancement of women. She also served on the Albany- Colonie Chamber board and chaired the 2014 Women’s Business Council. Sujata continues her involvement with the council as a 2015 steering committee member. She also served on the Tech Valley Connect and Women@Work Connect advisory boards. She is currently serving on the advisory board for the American Red Cross of NENY and on the board of Girls, Inc.
Sujata’s formal educational credentials include a BS/BA with a concentration in Marketing/Statistics from Shippensburg University and Penn State University. She is also a graduate from Duquesne University a Master of Science in Education (Summa Cum Laude).