Ascendant Award

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Ascendant Award

Llyas Salahud-Din

About the Award

The Ascendant Award is given to a recent graduate (five years or less) of Leadership Austin’s Emerge, Essential, or Experience Austin programs who—since his or her graduation—has demonstrated community leadership in a manner that exhibits the honoree’s commitment to the core values of Leadership Austin: Community Trusteeship, Inclusiveness, Collaborative Decision-Making, and Personal Responsibility.

Bio of Llyas Salahud-Din

Personal Responsibility is one of Leadership Austin’s core values. Since graduating as a 2013 Essential Alum, Llyas continues to collaborate with Leadership Austin Alum and key community stakeholders to implement a range of projects that complement and stimulate the ability of youth to see a better future.

Llyas Salahud-din is the Director of Major Gifts at LifeWorks, where he manages the relationships of LifeWorks most generous donors. After being recruited to Austin in 2011, Llyas became known for his ability to inspire others through cross-sector collaborative change and being an extended voice for youth who have faced the most unimaginable circumstances.

Llyas has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. He is a 2017 Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) McBee Fellow, a future Leadership Austin board member, sits on the board of Capitol View Arts, 100 Black Men, and is a Founding Board member of The New Philanthropists, where he is working with various stakeholders and Leadership Austin Alum to help build a more diverse and inclusive nonprofit board pipeline in Central Texas.

Llyas believes his “paying it forward” drive stems from his foster mother who raised 53 foster youth over her lifetime. When LLyas is not collaborating for change, he enjoys traveling, speaking Spanish, working on Virtual Reality for good, blogging about nonprofit diversity, salsa dancing and calisthenics training. Most importantly, he enjoys mentoring a group of foster kids and inspires them to feel confident in their ability to have a meaningful education, employment and life.