Chaya Pamula

President and CEO, PamTen

Chaya Pamula

Chaya is President and CEO of PamTen. She is a technologist, philanthropist, visionary, mentor, entrepreneur and, above all, a passionate human being. She holds a MBA and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University. PamTen Inc., founded in 2007 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's passion for helping others was the catalyst for the founding of SOFKIN (Support Organization for Kids In Need). This non-profit organization cares for over 50 destitute children in India. SOFKIN is more than just housing. The children are given an education, medical care, food, clothing, and a nurturing place to truly call home. SOFKIN is currently building a larger facility to accommodate up to 100 children. All of this is under Chaya's direct guidance. Each day she has calls and Skypes with the children.

SheTek is a PamTen program spearheaded by Chaya to create opportunities for women and girls to have careers in IT. The mission of SheTek is to have women equally represented in the technology industry. Her support of other women inspired Chaya to found the Global Women League, a networking organization that creates a platform to inspire, influence, and empower women with leadership skills through affiliations with successful leaders and like-minded organizations. She mentors young high school and college graduates in pursuing their professional career. Chayas primary focus is to encourage women and girls to enter into the technology field where only 22% of IT jobs are filled by women.

Chaya's personal and business awards include: Best 50 Business Women in Business from NJBIZ, Woman of Achievement Award - from Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program, New Jersey Smart CEO Future 50, 20 Most Promising Web Development & Design Service Providers by CIO Review Magazine, NJBIZ 50 Fastest Growing Companies 2015, Unstoppable Woman Entrepreneur Award from LWE (Leading Women Entrepreneurs), and E&Y Women Entrepreneurship Finalist.

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