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Murphy For Governor Announces Comprehensive Human Resources and Workplace Culture Partnership


New Jersey-Based Firm Culturupt Will Partner with the Campaign

TRENTON – Murphy for Governor 2021 today announced a new partnership with Culturupt, a New Jersey-based human resources firm founded by Ritu Pancholy, Esq., to help implement a comprehensive program of HR services, including but not limited to employment relations support; diversity, equity, and inclusion services; workplace culture issues; and training for staff and consultants.

“Running a successful campaign means building a healthy and empowering workplace culture based on respect, inclusion, and professionalism,” said Murphy for Governor Campaign Manager Mollie Binotto. “We’re excited to partner with Ritu and Culturupt to ensure that Murphy for Governor 2021 adheres to the highest standards of workplace conduct and HR best practices. Building an inclusive and welcoming work environment is our highest priority.” 

“I am excited to work with Governor Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, and the entire Murphy for Governor 2021 team,” said Ritu Pancholy, Esq., founder of HR consulting firm Culturupt. “Now, more than ever, creating the right culture and environment in a campaign is critical. Taking these proactive steps to build a respectful culture in the workplace at the start of the campaign will ensure that it remains a priority throughout the campaign.”

The campaign program will entail strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace; mandatory sexual harassment training, and implicit bias trainings for staff and consultants; the development of a code of conduct and campaign policies; independent workplace investigation services; the creation of reporting structures for complaints; employment relations support; assistance in resolving campaign environment concerns; and best practices for onboarding, disciplining, and terminating employees and consultants.

Culturupt has previously partnered with the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) on comprehensive workplace culture and HR-related issues.


Ritu Pancholy, Esq. is the founder of Culturupt, a HR consulting firm. She is an experienced workplace investigator and an attorney barred in New York and New Jersey. Ritu has over 10 years of deep experience in handling employment-related matters for organizations including public companies and the government. Most recently, Ritu was in-house global employment counsel at Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (a public company with 5,000 employees) where she was responsible for all employment, compliance and litigation matters. Ritu supervised all global employment and compliance investigations, handled onboarding and performance management questions, advised on employment policies, as well as reductions in force, and championed diversity and inclusion programs. Ritu has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University and has taught Conducting Internal Investigations.

Ritu is a graduate of Duke Law School and received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. Prior to working in-house, Ritu was an attorney at the NYC Department of Education, where she advised the agency on employment and education matters, handled investigations, and defended the agency against suits with the EEOC or federal/state agencies. Ritu started her career as an associate at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP in New York City.

Ritu is passionate about providing organizations with the tools necessary to build a respectful culture and empower its employees. Ritu believes that people are the heart of all organizations and that organizations must manage these relationships with care.