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Chaya Pamula

Co-Founder, President, & CEO

Chaya is a technologist, philanthropist, a visionary, mentor, an entrepreneur, and above all a passionate human being. She holds an MBA and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard University. She has over 25 years of Information Technology experience and has led many productivity initiatives that involved Business Process Improvement, business transformation/re engineering, and IT portfolio optimization. As President and CEO of PamTen, which she co-founded in 2007, Chaya conceptualizes innovative software products for PamTen and its clients, and oversees them from development to implementation. PamTen Inc. provides technology information services to a diverse set of clients, from small businesses to large corporations and has been ranked as an Inc. 5000 company, placing them among the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. PamTen is a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE).

Chaya combined her business acumen and passion for charity to found SOFKIN (sofkin.org), a non-profit organization that creates loving and caring homes for destitute and under privileged children. SOFKIN operates in the United States and in India and supports over 100 beautiful children. SOFKIN children are given medical attention, cared for, fed, educated, and sheltered within a nurturing environment. Chaya is deeply involved with the NGO on a daily basis and the children are treated no different than her own. SOFKIN has youth groups established in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and India, where the students from local high schools and colleges volunteer for the organization.

Her passion to empower young girls and women in the field of Technology led her to found SheTek in 2018. SheTek is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to increase the percentage of women represented in the technology industry by creating a pipeline of talent that is highly skilled and job ready. This unique SheTek community is powered through partnerships and collaborations to provide training, mentorship and internships that lead to job placements through SheTek Staffing Services.

Chaya is a welcomed speaker at many technology and social change events around the world. To name a few, she has presented at the Women In tech East Coast on Allyship at Workplace; Women In Tech at Rutgers University; Financial Women’s Association (FWA) Summit, Women Leadership; United Nations Commission on Status of Women (CSO), on gender issues and women empowerment; STARTUP INDIA, on Bootstrapping and Launching of Technology Product Company; as a panelist on ‘Access to Justice’ at the Harvard India Conference in 2016, a prestigious event attended by dignitaries, politicians, organizations and celebrities from India and around the world; at an International Inter-spiritual Conference For Women in leadership; and also at many other technology & leadership conferences.

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Fall 2021 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.

Requirements

Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. Personal essay
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (one academic; one other)

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are required to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

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