Sadhana Chalasani Highlights Importance of Non-Profit Leadership

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Non-profit organizations play a major role in contemporary culture due to the leadership that drives them. Sadhana Chalasani, a community service advocate, celebrates strong leadership and encourages the youth of American to step into such roles.

Non-profit organizations play an integral role in nearly every facet of today's society. From politics to healthcare, these organizations stand up for issues that are related to virtually every aspect of today's culture. The only way that non-profit organizations can create and sustain change, though, is through effective leadership. The Huffington Post reports on several of the most influential non-profit leaders of today, based upon the Power & Influence Top 50 list created by The NonProfit Times. Sadhana Chalasani understands that each individual on this list plays a crucial role in the evolution of society—and that their work will have a lasting influence on tomorrow's world. As such, she is encouraging members of today's youth to look to these leaders as role models and step into equally as important leadership positions when they are ready.

According to the article, the Power & Influence Top 50 list has run for 15 years, showcasing the great work that non-profit leaders have accomplished. The article notes that many of these leaders are also HuffPost Impact bloggers, which means that they both run their non-profit organizations and share their experiences and ideas with the world through The Huffington Post. This willingness to share their insight is just one of the many reasons that Chalasani is encouraging today's youth to look to these individuals as role models, as they are both able and willing to use their expertise to improve not only the performance of their organizations, but the knowledge of the people who are interested in learning more about the impact that these organizations can have.

Among the list of influential leaders, according to the article, are Vicki Escarra of Feeding America and Ben Rattray of Additionally, Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ray Chambers, a UN Special Envoy for Malaria, and Brian Gallagher of United Way are listed.

Chalasani is excited that The Huffington Post has highlighted these leaders. Through their work, they have positively impacted the world. These are the kind of people to which kids should be looking up, asserts Chalasani.

"Too often people complain about there being no role models for kids," Chalasani comments. "It's true that responsible, quality role models are not always showcased by the media. But this article shows that there are great role models out there. Instead of turning to musicians and actors, kids should look to the people who are creating great change—who are running these non-profit organizations."


Sadhana Chalasani, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, is a community service advocate who attended Saint Edward's School. A leader amongst her peers, Sadhana Chalasani created the Grassroots AIDS Advocacy Program and the Pink Ribbon Club to increase awareness of these conditions on campus. Through her work, Sadhana Chalasani has educated classmates about these illnesses and has significantly improved the understanding of how they affect the community and its members. In addition to her work with these two organizations, Sadhana Chalasani was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and Model United Nations while in high school.

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