The CEO of Fishers-based technology and business consulting firm Trident Systems LLC has been named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Dynamic Leader of the Year. Longtime community advocate Rupal Thanawala will be honored at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner in November.
Thanawala is a professional services provider focused on business strategy and digital transformation for supply chain and global financial compliance. Thanawala’s company employs 50 people and is rapidly expanding its footprint to now include more than 30 countries.
“When you think about leadership, you think of someone who has initiative and a drive to do things for others,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “Whether it’s on her behalf Working with clients, serving as a mentor to her staff or countless other groups – especially underrepresented groups, or engaging in any amount of volunteer work with both feet, Rupal exhibits these qualities.”
The Mumbai native moved to the United States 30 years ago and has supported several underrepresented groups over the years. Thanawala has served as president of the Asian American Coalition, board member of the BDPA, former Black Data Processing Associates, and technical editor for the Indianapolis Recorder.
“I’m really a servant leader,” Tanawara said. “This is my personal calling. As business leaders, we have a responsibility to give back to our communities. We must give back in technology education, addressing diversity and inclusion issues, and preparing leaders of all backgrounds for tomorrow.”
Last year, the chamber said Tanawara took the lead in equipping Camp Atterbury with a commercial-grade computer lab for people uprooted from their Afghan homes. A digital literacy program launched by Thanawala expanded to nine military bases turned refugee camps across the United States and affected 94,000 people.
The 2021 Indiana Chamber of Commerce Dynamic Leader of the Year winner is Megan Glover of Zionsville 120Water.