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Sujata N. Chaudhry

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Cultural Awareness Catalyst / Global Presenter & Trainer

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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

Interchange Institute

Kwintessential

IOR Global Services Advancing Global Talent

Speaking Engagements

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

Select Seminars

 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

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