WINGS Leadership2020-08-05T13:47:51+00:00

Together We Build And Rise...

Unifying a distinguished talent base whose unparalleled industry and leadership experiences can be harnessed for collaboration for the greater good is possible only in a socially driven organization, fueled by its purposeful mission. It is no surprise that many stalwarts from various industries came forward to devote their time, treasure and talent to help WINGS realize its mission.

WINGS for Growth’s social impact is overseen by a Board of Directors, Advisory Council Members, Leadership team and volunteers who deeply believe in the cause of empowering more women in leadership.

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VARSHA WAISHAMPAYAN

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Varsha is dedicated to creating pathways to promote women leaders. She is a gifted cultivator of talent who believes high potential women will thrive with the right guidance and a structured results-oriented mentoring program


Varsha has almost three decades of management experience on Wall Street and top management consulting firms like PwC. In addition to her long career on Wall Street, Varsha is passionate about creating and promoting women leaders.


She has worked and led nonprofits that focus on girls’ education. She is a teacher at heart and has seen her father changing people’s life from good to great by being a teacher all his life. Before stepping into financial services, Varsha was a professor of Chemistry in her previous life. During her career in financial services, she was constantly drawn to mentoring women around her and she noticed that she could make a difference with her approach to mentoring.

This led to a discovery and then new beginning of her purposeful journey. Varsha left her long successful career in corporate America and founded WINGS for Growth to pursue her father’s vision in a purposeful journey.

Music is Varsha’s muse. She is rejuvenated by music and equally loves being energized by a day at the spa. Nature in its selfless giving inspires her every day. She is ever grateful to have a wonderful family and thankful that she followed her father’s best advice “There is never a bad time to do good, it is a matter of priorities”. She lives in Bridgewater, NJ with her husband and enjoys the natural bounty of her surroundings.

Board Of Directors

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Bob Eng

Chairperson of the Board

Listener, Teacher, Financial Advisor

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Ravi Mohan

Vice Chair of the Board

Partner & COO at Nyca Partners

Edward Watson

Edward Watson

Board of Director

Partner at New Bridge Consulting Group

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Sharon Stecker

Board of Director

Senior Vice President at Brown and Caldwell

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Michael Paulus

Board of Director

Managing Director, Finance Industry Executive

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Giles Nugent

Board of Director

Retired, Past EVP at PIMCO and Managing Director at Bank of America

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Theresa A. Lyons

Board of Director

Managing Partner at Lyons & Associates

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Deborah Bierbaum

Board of Director

AVP Tax, External Tax Policy at AT&T

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Lynne Sawyer

Board of Director

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Advisory Council

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Christine Larsen

Advisory Council Member

Independent Director, CIBC

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Michele Siekerka

Advisory Council Member

President and CEO at New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)

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Janice Warne

Advisory Council Member

Investor and Advisor

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Nicholas V. Chen

Advisory Council Member

Partner at Pamir Law Group

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Nilufer Shaikh

Advisory Council Member Legal Advisor

Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP

Program Management Team

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Khalid Anwar

CFO

CFO Level & FP&A Transformation Executive

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Mathangi Srinivas

Social Media Lead & Community Outreach

Co-Founder at WINGS for Growth

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Nitin Mahabal

Techonology Lead

Senior Technical Consultant, IT Project manager

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Yuanyuan Zhou

IT Program Management Lead

NYU MS Student

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Anya Berdan

Content Advisor

External Relations Manager

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Shon Green

Recruiting Lead

Director, Clinical Translation at Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences

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Ivonne Mejiab

Mentoring Program Lead

IT Project Management, Sonoma State University

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Patty Jessie

Program Management Lead

Proj Mngr, Business Measures, Prudential Financial

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