Sujata N. Chaudhry
Our YouTube Channel
Cultural Awareness Catalyst / Global Presenter & Trainer
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 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 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 is currently on the advisory board for Tech Valley Connect and board for the American Red Cross of NENY and Girls Inc.
Sujata’s formal educational credentials include a BS/BA with a concentration in Marketing and 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).
Certifications & Targeted Training
- Crossing Cultures with Competence, Level 1
- Crossing Cultures with Competence Level 2.
- Cross-Cultural Training: Hospitality and Finance Industries in Focus
IOR Global Services Advancing Global Talent
- Understanding Your Virtual Communication Challenges
- Strategies for Virtual Communication Across Cultures
Can You Motivate a Multicultural Workforce? New York State Council- Society for Human Resource Management, Annual Conference, 2015
Holy Cow! How Not to Offend a Hindu and Other Lessons for a Global Workplace, New York State Council- Society for Human Resource Management, Annual Conference, 2015
Leveraging Cultural Knowledge to Attract and Retain Multicultural Renters, RentPath, 2015
Turning Obstacles into Opportunities – Negotiating with Multicultural Renters, LandlordsNY Property Management Symposium, 2015
Holy Cow! How Not to Offend a Hindu and Other Lessons for a Global Workplace, Hudson-Mohawk Talent Development Summit, 2015
Avoiding Cultural Collisions, College of St. Rose, International Business Course, 2015
How Do You Motivate Your Multicultural Teams and Workforce? Business Opportunity Success Summit Forum, 2014
Can You Lead with Cultural Intelligence? Business Opportunity Success Summit Workshop 2014
Bridging the Gap Between Corporate Culture and Retention, Albany-Colonie Chamber, 2013
Cross Cultural Awareness and Retention, Capital Region Human Resource Association (CRHRA), 2012
Your Inner CEO, Albany Colonie Chamber, 2012
Leveraging Your Business Brand, New York Wedding Boutique, 2012
Stop Mingling and Start Maximizing Networking, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber 2010
Obstacles Into Opportunities – Convert Cultural Differences Into Dollars/Hospitality Industry
Cross Cultural Selling/Hospitality Industry
Preparing DOCs for Excellence in Service Across Cultures in the Hospitality Industry
Successfully Doing Business in Japan
Effective Virtual Collaboration Across Cultures
Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity for the Hospitality Industry
Doing Business in the UAE; Social and Business Culture
Working Across Cultures Effectively in Property Management
Understanding Cross Cultural Effects on Property Management Maintenance Staff
Working Effectively Across Cultures in the Banking/Finance Industry
Managing Human Resources of Multicultural Backgrounds
General Cross Cultural Team Building
HOLY COW…How not to offend a Hindu and other cultures