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.
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.
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.
Jagdish N. Sheth is Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is globally known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy, and geopolitical analysis. Professor Sheth has over 50 years of combined experience in teaching and research at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, MIT, and Emory University.
Aarti is the founder & CEO of Synergies Work. As a parent of a child with Down syndrome she is constantly challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations that excludes people with intellectual disabilities from living their true potential. In the past 15 years she has worked as a diversity consultant in the disability field. Before that she worked in the marketing & advertising field for 14 years.
Ashish Narayan Thakur is a recovering global banker, failed tech startup and currently an Executive Director and Board Member of the Atlanta CEO Council (ACEO) connecting later stage product and technology CEOs to capital, customers and talent. Ashish has extensive private company board experience advising companies up to $100mm. Before ACEO, he raised several million dollars to grow the Atlanta chapter of TiE Global, one of the world’s largest entrepreneurial organizations.
Athar Khan is the Director, International Specialty Sales, Delta Airlines. He oversees Delta’s relationship with accounts in Asia Pacific, Latin and EMEAI Consolidator business, within the United States. Athar and his team coordinate joint selling activities with their partners AeroMexico, Air France/KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air, and China Eastern. Athar is a graduate of Marlboro College in Vermont and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and sociology.
Although Peter began his career in NYC, he ultimately found his way to the sunny South and made it home. True to our agency name, he is one connected guy—some think he knows pretty much everyone in the Atlanta tech community. While Peter drives agency direction, he also consults on accounts and offers campaign strategy. Fun fact: You may not realize it since he dropped the accent years ago, but Peter is an expatriate of the U.K.
Steve Hartman was vice president at GE Gas Power focused on decarbonization. Steve has more than 34 years of experience in the power generation industry for both GE and a startup, with a career focused on building teams to grow businesses by providing solutions to customers. Steve is currently on the Advisory Board for the Engineering Department at University of Georgia, with past board support for Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, Cobb County Chamber, and GE Inspection Robotics. Steve tries to live by his mother’s advice “Work hard, be good, help others”, and is excited to help others with disabilities learn and grow and realize their goals of being an entrepreneur. After retiring from his corporate career, Steve now focuses on spending time with his family and giving back to the commuity.
Arjun Sahgal is the general manger at Future Labs, NYU. Arjun Sahgal is the General Manager for Investments and Programming at Future Labs and a board member at Synergies Works. He started his career at Silicon Valley Bank before transitioning to co-founding his startup Eazel. After growing Eazel, he exited in 2019 and started working on the other side of the table at the Future Labs Accelerator. Outside of work, Arjun is a marathoner, wannabe triathlete, and squash player. Synergies Work is close to his heart as his younger brother, Angad who has Down syndrome.
Dr. Serena Lowe
Dr. Serena Lowe has spent the past 25 years furthering public policies that promote the socioeconomic advancement of low-income working families, individuals with disabilities, and other at-risk populations. Serena has served as an “advocrat” in a variety of leadership roles including previously leading the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, and later serving as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Administration for Community Living. Serena co-founded the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination with Madeleine Will in 2007, served as the interim Executive Director of TASH in 2020, and then supported TASH as the Senior Advisor to the ACL-funded Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center. Prior to launching her consulting company, Serena served as Senior Director for Long-Term Services and Supports & Community Life at CareSource.
Charlie Miller leads the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) in its community engagement and advocacy efforts in the state legislature. Charlie brings over 10 years of advocacy experience to the team. He joins GCDD from the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, where he most recently served as the legislative liaison. Charlie began honing his skills in advocacy as a student at the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Charlie continued developing his expertise in leadership through community engagement. He has served on the board for the Statewide Independent Living Council and the Cobb County Transit System Advisory Board. Charlie is also a member of ADAPT, a national grassroots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action; the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and TASH, an international leader in disability advocacy.
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.
Team member personal information
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.
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.