WINGS Leadership2022-08-08T19:32:32+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.

WINGS Ambassador

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Kevin Cummings

WINGS Ambassador

President and CEO at Investors Bank

Board Of Directors

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Lynne Sawyer

Co-chair of the Board

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer Wealth Management at BNY Mellon

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Ravi Mohan

Co-chair of the Board

Partner & COO at Nyca Partners

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Sharon Stecker

Board of Director

Senior Vice President at Brown and Caldwell

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Roopa Bhandarkar

Board of Director

Partner at EY

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Dr. Poornima Prasad

Board of Director

Global Chief People Officer - Accion Labs

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Nisha Paliwal

Board of Director

Managing Vice President - Enterprise Data and Machine Learning at Capital One

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David Levi

Board of Director

Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at Vonage

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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Nikki Sumpter

Advisory Council Member

Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlantic Health

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Drew Vaden

Advisory Council Member

Retired, Past CTO, PIMCO

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The Honorable Mary Jo Jacobi

Co-chair of the Board

International affairs and reputation, brand & crisis strategist

Management Team

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Khalid Anwar

Executive Director of Finance

CFO Level & FP&A Transformation Executive

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Sangram Birje

Executive Director of Digital and Insight

IT Leader | Data and Insights | Technology Transformation

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Rick Lutz

Executive Director of Sales and Marketing

Senior Vice President of Business Development

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Nitin Mahabal

Executive Director of Information and Technology

Senior Technical Consultant, IT Project manager

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Patty Jessie

Executive Director of Program Management

Proj Mngr, Business Measures, Prudential Financial

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Yuanyuan Zhou

Director of Information and Technology

Software Developer