About Synergies Work

At Synergies Work, we believe that every person has a gift to offer the world – a gift of hand, a gift of heart, or a gift of head. We are committed to helping entrepreneurs discover and cultivate their gifts, by providing them with the resources, mentorship, and community they need to thrive in the entrepreneurial journey.

Our Mission

At Synergies Work, our mission is to build one where where people with disabilities belong. We work tirelessly to break down barriers that prevent entrepreneurs with disabilities from reaching their full potential.

We believe that by empowering entrepreneurs with disabilities, we can create a more inclusive society and a better world for all. We’re committed to achieving our mission by providing a platform for entrepreneurs with disabilities to showcase their talents and abilities and by promoting the businesses that are leading the way in disability entrepreneurship.

Join us in our mission to empower entrepreneurs with disabilities.

At Synergies Work and in my life I continue to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations that exclude people with disabilities from living their true potential. We believe that ALL people, have gifts and talents. It is by tapping into an individual’s talent, stirring their curiosity and expanding their vision of what is possible we can enable them to work at their best.
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Aarti Sahgal
Founder of Synergies work

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We believe in always being person-centered and leading with love, respect, and patience. Human dignity, fairness, valuing diversity and equitable opportunities for everyone to shine are at the core of Synergies Work.

We embrace and encourage employee differences in age, color, ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make each person unique.  

Synergies Work’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives
  • Work-life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity

 

All employees of Synergies Work have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored or hosted events.

Our Advisors

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Jagdish Sheth

Emory University

Our Board

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Aarti Sahgal

Founder of Synergies Work
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Shakir Moin

President, Marketing, Coca-Cola North America
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Athar Khan

Delta Air Lines

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Peter Baron

Carabiner Communications

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Steven Hartman

General Electric (Formerly)
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Arjun Sahgal

Ascent Platform
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Dr. Serena Lowe

AnereS Strategies
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Charlie Miller

GCDD’s Legislative Advocacy Director
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Zen Kramer

Waterloo Sparkling Water

Zen Kramer is a Packaging Engineer turned marketer with a keen interest for innovation, data-driven insights, and sustainability. He has a relentless passion to help brands and organizations create stories worth sharing and deliver consumer-centric solutions that drive business results. Zen is a servant leader and inclusion champion that believes in empowering change through volunteering, education, and mentorship.

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Alpa Sutaria

The Coca Cola Company

Alpa Sutaria is currently the Vice President and General Manger, Sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company in North America. Over a 30-year career with Procter & Gamble, Deloitte Consulting and the Coca-Cola system, Alpa has followed her passion to solve challenging problems and create sustainable business growth while fostering an inclusive working culture. She believes deeply in the power to create positive change by supporting and empowering people to help themselves.

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Carrie Stimmel

NBCUniversal

Carrie Stimmel is Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships at NBCUniversal. In this position, Stimmel leads sales teams managing national advertising and partnerships. Stimmel is a graduate of Michigan State University and received a B.A. in Telecommunications. She resides in Pelham with her husband and is most proud of their 9 year old son and his best friend, their dog Ruby. As the mother of a son on the Autistic Spectrum she is very passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.