WCA's Young Professionals Group Selects Ashruth Easwar of Tarrytown for Exceptional Professional Development Opportunity
Ashruth Easwar has been selected for a prestigious professional opportunity that will enhance his leadership and management skills and help him have a greater positive impact on his community. As the winner of the 2015-2016 Westchester County Association Young Professionals Group Scholarship for Leadership Westchester, Easwar will participate in an intensive, nine-month program geared toward preparing today’s passionate professionals for tomorrow’s positions of influence.
Ashruth Easwar of Tarrytown
The Westchester County Association has partnered for five years with Volunteer New York! on its signature program, which provides passionate, knowledgeable, and highly skilled leaders with an in-depth understanding of how nonprofits work, and exposes them to leadership concepts taught at the nation’s top business schools. Through a dynamic combination of lively classroom discussions, collaborative fieldwork, and self-study, the Leadership Westchester experience shapes the lives of people who want to help improve the communities in which they live and work. The program has graduated hundreds of successful alumni, including Pat Braja, Development Director, Westchester Library System (2005); Andrea Bloome, Studio Manager, Alchemy Post Sound; (2012); Katherine Stipicevic, Senior Manager, Global Citizenship and Sustainability, PepsiCo (2013); Patrick Brennan, Vice President of Information Technology, Westchester Bank (2013).
Easwar, a Facilities Associate and Financial Analyst at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, was selected for the scholarship from a competitive field of applicants based on his commitment to Westchester County and desire for community involvement. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Mathematical Sciences. As a student, Easwar exhibited natural leadership abilities when served as a volunteer EMT and EMT cadet captain; he was also elected captain of Texas Bhangra, a dance organization dedicated to preserving and spreading the Punjabi culture, which spawned several local bhangra events, and eventually, a national bhangra competition.
Easwar, a Tarrytown resident, says he is excited about sharpening his leadership skills and becoming an advocate for the advancement of the region. “This program will give me the opportunity to expand my passions and learn how to have an even greater positive impact on my surrounding community,” he said. “Leadership Westchester is a unique program that will help me hone my abilities, allowing me to have a more effective professional life as well.”
Each Leadership Westchester class size is small – no more than 20 – and includes a mix of individuals from business, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. The program runs from October through June.
“By offering this opportunity to a talented individual like Ashruth Easwar, we are making a difference in his life, and providing the opportunity for him to make a difference in others’ lives,” said Olivia Ecker, chairwoman of the WCA Young Professionals executive board and a graduate of Leadership Westchester. “We are proud to be affiliated with this program, which allows us to help develop the next generation of business leaders in Westchester County.”