Sujata N. Chaudhry
Founder & CEO
Diversity Specialist, Inclusion Catalyst & Global Educator
Sujata N. Chaudhry
Founder & CEO
Diversity Specialist, Inclusion Catalyst & Global Educator
Sujata N 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 child in her class in rural Pennsylvania would be valuable: Her first-hand experiences form the basis of her desire to help business people leverage diversity and inclusion to succeed in a global marketplace.
Born in Bombay, Sujata’s family moved from India to England and then to the United States, living in numerous American cities. Sujata’s personal experiences fuel her keen awareness of the challenges that can arise when others don’t understand someone’s culture motivators.
After working 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.
With Tangible Development, an innovative corporate training and consultancy business, Sujata combines experience, perspectives, and education making her a unique trainer who brings a personal understanding of diversity together with American corporate sensibility. Known as the “idea girl,” she specializes in cross cultural competency and diverse and inclusive workforce engagement and retention. Sujata has worked with industry leaders in finance, property management, hospitality, non-profit, healthcare, and science-technology to leverage diversity and inclusion to support the sustainability, viability and strategic vision of organizations.
Recently noted for her achievements in HerLife Magazine and Shippensburg University Magazine, Sujata presents a variety of workshops and seminars, including Holy Cow! How Not to Offend a Hindu and Other Lessons for a Global Workplace, her hallmark corporate diversity and sensitivity training program.
She served on the executive committee and board for the Tricity Indian Association and as an advisor for its youth organization. Continuing to be an active member, Sujata also served on the Albany- Colonie Chamber board and chaired the 2014 Women’s Business Council. She currently serves on the American Red Cross of NENY, Girls Inc., and International Center of the Capital Region boards and is an ambassador for [email protected]
Sujata’s formal educational credentials include a BSBA concentrating in Statistics/Marketing from Shippensburg University/Penn State and a MS Ed. (Summa Cum Laude) from Duquesne University. She is also certified by the Interchange Institute in Crossing-Cultures with Competence I & II, Kwintessential Cross-Cultural Training in Hospitality and Finance Industries, and IOR Global Service Advancing Talent; Strategies for Cross-Cultural Virtual Communication.
Global Marketing & Brand Manager
Brittany Lawton is the Global Marketing & Brand Manager at Tangible Development, the only Diversity & Inclusion Training and Consultancy firm in New York’s Capital Region and Tech Valley. As a millenial, she understands how her generation is perceived and is committed to bridging the communication gap as five generations work together to inspire growth and organizational change. In her role, Brittany is responsible for managing Tangible Development’s brand presence, curating diversity and inclusion-related content, and designing all company advertising materials. Additionally, she works with Tangible Development’s clients to enhance their marketing strategies and ensure all marketing pieces, including printed collateral, social media content, and website design, are diverse and inclusive. Brittany holds a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Saint Leo University in Dade City, Florida.
Brittany serves on the Capital Region Chamber Women’s Business Council (WBC) Steering Committee as the Co-Chair of the Bold In Business Committee. Through her work with the WBC, she contributes to programming that promotes and supports the role of women in the workplace and as business and community leaders. Brittany is also proud to serve as the 2019 Communications Co-Chair for the Capital Region Chamber Young Professionals Network. Recently Brittany selected for a coveted position as a member of the 2018-2019 Tech Valley Leadership Institute. The 9 month leadership development program supports the growth of civic minded, young professionals as they grow in their individual expertise to be a leaders in their unique fields.
In her personal time, Brittany coaches Varsity Cheerleading at Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady, NY, a position that allows her to serve as a role model for young women in the Capital Region and instill in them self-pride and perseverance as they leave high school and move on to higher education or enter the workforce. Brittany has developed the schools’ cheerleading programs to promote academic excellence, teamwork, and compassion- all critical skills for developing future leaders.
When she is not coaching, Brittany enjoys spending time with her friends and family, rewatching Game of Thrones, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox.
Inclusion Development Strategist
Educator. Speaker. Scholar. Dad.
As a genderqueer person growing up in Johnstown New York to a large Greek American family, LB’s personal and professional journey can best be described in one word, untraditional. Insight and experience gained from the untraditional journey inform LB’s approach to the role of Inclusion Development Strategist at Tangible Development. Using a blend of scholarship as a researcher, and practical, hands-on experience as a diversity educator and higher education administrator, LB is a bridge builder and problem solver with an expertise in organizational transformation. A skilled speaker and educator, LB has a featured TED talk and was part of Starbucks’ Third Place Speaker Series in 2018.
Inspired by influential high school music teachers, LB received an Associate’s Degree in Music Performance at Schenectady County Community College followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. While LB came out as queer in community college, it was the LGBTQ community and the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University that inspired LB to shift careers and become a diversity educator in higher education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Syracuse University.
After SU, LB escaped the snow and took on the role as Director of LGBTQ Affairs and Coordinator for Social Justice Initiatives at the University of Florida. LB was responsible for support and advocacy for all students, faculty, and staff of marginalized genders and sexualities, and education of LGBTQ issues at the University of Florida and the Gainesville area. As Coordinator of Social Justice Initiatives, LB was responsible for social justice educational opportunities throughout the broader campus community, including teaching and facilitating Gatorship –an intergroup dialogue education program. In 2016, shifted from a diversity practitioner to part of the executive leadership team as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at UF. The combination of diversity practitioner and executive leadership experience informs LB’s approach to impacting holistic organizational change.
LB is currently a PhD Candidate from the University of Florida in Higher Education Administration and Policy, with a focus on researching strategic diversity policies and planning. LB was part of the executive team of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals for six years, served on the board of the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida and is a co-founder of Gainesville Equality Youth. In 2016, LB was named an Imagining America PAGE Fellow, an organization dedicated to working across institutional, disciplinary, and community divides to strengthen and promote public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues.
LB’s biggest and best job of all time is Dad to Elliot and Theo.
Immigrating to the United States from Athens, Greece at the age of 9, Georgia Papapetros experienced the cultural barriers of assimilating into a new culture and environment. As a bilingual child from a large Greek family, she faced the dichotomy of fitting into the American culture while remaining a proud Greek. Georgia worked to ensure that the hardships and challenges she and her family faced during this transition fueled her fire and contributed to her future success.
Georgia received her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Business and Mass Communication from Arizona State University. Before joining Tangible Development, Georgia worked in the fashion industry in a variety of capacities. She started her career in sales management and opened the first leased shop for Lipsy London’s Soho, New York City location. During her 8-year tenure, she learned the retail and wholesale management aspect of the fashion industry and worked with some of the biggest names in fashion luxury such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen & McQ.
Having been instrumental in supporting a number of brands and organizational functions, Georgia takes her experience and Greek background to Tangible Development as an Inclusion Assistant. In her role, she will support the team in a variety of capacities and ensure an optimal client experience. Georgia is proud to contribute to making a difference in ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion are implemented in the workplace.
In her free time, Georgia loves fashion, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling. She travels to Greece yearly, as the majority of her family still resides in Athens and Sparta, and wants to travel the world to learn about and experience different cultures.