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Modesty and Moxie: The Inspiring Story of Judge Sandhill

Modesty and Moxie:  The Inspiring Story of  Judge Sandhill

By Saivachan Ponnapalli HOUSTON: Walking in to the Harris County Civil Courthouse, I instantly knew that this YLDP session was going to be an unforgettable experience. The sheer grandeur of the Courthouse astounded me, and I was really looking forward to the session. The session with Judge Ravi Kumar Sandhill, renowned in Houston for coveted […]

The Crown Jewel Sheds Light on Leadership

The Crown Jewel Sheds Light on Leadership

By Sridevi Hariharan HOUSTON: The illustrious Indian dancer and Rice University professor Dr. Rathna Kumar, renowned for being the “Jewel in the Crown of Houston Arts”, recounted her astonishing journey of 43+ years from Chennai to Houston at India House on Saturday, November 17. She described herself as an “accidental” leader, being the first person […]

The Secret Behind the Success of the Houston Food Bank

The Secret Behind the Success of the Houston Food Bank

By Pooja Gunda HOUSTON: Serving 18 different counties and over 137,000 people weekly, the Houston Food bank is not only known for their efficient performance and effective strategies, but also for their courage and resilience. Their ideologies allowed them to grow from a small warehouse to a massive production site that has now become the […]

YLDP: On the Path of Leadership

YLDP: On the Path of Leadership

By Neil Raguthu HOUSTON: During the Youth Leadership Development Program, I began the journey to become a future leader and learned during the multiple session what it means to be a leader. It takes the ability to promote teamwork, to face failure, and sacrifice for the betterment of others. Being a leader isn’t about improving […]

Judge Sandill Meets YLDP Students

Judge Sandill Meets YLDP Students

By Tarini Kumar HOUSTON: On Saturday, April 7, the students of YLDP met with Honorable Judge Ravi Kumar Sandill at the Harris County Courthouse.  Judge Sandill is the only person of South Asian decent to hold a high-ranking public office in the state of Texas. Judge Sandill was born in Canada to immigrant parents from […]

Leadership: Take One for the Team

Leadership: Take One for the Team

By Aditi Prabhu HOUSTON: On Saturday, March 3, the Youth Leadership Development Program of Houston convened in India House and listened in awe as Bhavesh Patel, CEO of one of the largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies in the world, LyondellBasell, recounted his path to success in the business world. Patel eloquently and selflessly shared […]

Look to the Future to Succeed Today

Look to the Future to Succeed Today

By Niharika Pakala HOUSTON: On February 3, at India House, members of the Youth Leadership Development Program had the incredible honor of meeting Mike Curtin, the Vice President of Capital Project at Shell Oil Company.   Mike Curtin opened his presentation by introducing the prevailing energy challenges that have risen as a result of global […]

Meaningful Productivity

Meaningful Productivity

By Ravali Bhavaraju HOUSTON: On January 13, high school students of the Youth Development Leadership Program had the honor of meeting Dr. Arun Pasrija at CHR Solutions. Dr. Pasrija is the President and CEO of CHR Solutions, a leading, full service provider of technology services and software solutions to communication service providers across the U.S. […]

The Four Fundamental Aspects of Leadership

The Four Fundamental Aspects of Leadership

By Srikar Ganti HOUSTON: One’s journey into the world of leadership, particularly politics, is often an unexpected one. A transition into leadership is directly correlated with one’s characteristics and ideologies, however one’s connections into the political world are able to precipitate and foster the advancement of one’s political career, as exemplified by Harris County Judge, […]

No Profit, No Worries

No Profit, No Worries

By Sruthi Srivathson HOUSTON: On November 18, 2017, the students of the prestigious Houston’s Youth Leadership Development Program had the absolute privilege of hearing Brian Greene’s presentation regarding Non-profit Organizations, as well as taking a tour of the astounding Houston Food Bank. Brian Greene is the current President and CEO of Houston Food Bank, a […]

Failing Efficiently

Failing Efficiently

By Niharika Pakala HOUSTON: On October 14, at India House, members of the Youth Leadership Development Program had the incredible honor of meeting Dr. Latha Ramchand, the Dean and Professor of Finance at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She has a Ph.D. in finance from the Kellogg Graduate School […]

Presentations: They’re Not Just About the Words

Presentations: They’re Not Just About the Words

By Sathvik Gujja HOUSTON: This past weekend, on September 23, Guaranga Hall was filled with emotion. A speaker, with the knowledge extensive enough to share his wisdom with thousands and manifesting the desire to help our youth raise their levels of achievement and abilities as effective communicators, enacted his discourse. During the first of many […]

YLDP: Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow!

YLDP: Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow!

Click here for Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: “Lead from the back, and let others believe they are in front.” This truly inspiring quote from Nelson Mandela refers to the young leaders who want to break out of the herd mentality and create environments that are conducive to higher grades. On Saturday, April […]

YLDP: What Makes an Effective Executive?

YLDP: What Makes an Effective Executive?

By Aishwarya Kotha HOUSTON: On April 1, students in the YLDP group of Houston had gathered at India House to hear from a leader in Houston’s oil and gas industry. As Vice President and CIO at Shell Oil, Ms. Amy Suhl works with Shell’s technology department, which develops innovative technology solutions that aim to change […]

YLDP Learns the Quality of Leadership

YLDP Learns the Quality of Leadership

By Shriya Konduri HOUSTON: The glue that holds the team together, leadership is a quality that cannot be undermined. Leadership should be identified, honed, and utilized through every aspect of one’s journey. A quality leader can encourage and motivate a team to overcome insurmountable obstacles to ultimately accomplish remarkable goals. A leader should be able […]

YLDP: Leadership the Muscle

YLDP: Leadership the Muscle

By Arshia Batra HOUSTON: On February 4, a group of young aspiring leaders filled a conference room in India House and were asked: Is Governing Possible? In a matter of 45 minutes, we had the opportunity to hear one whole semester worth of government, from former Mayor Annise Parker herself. As the former 61st mayor […]

Meeting Dr. Latha Ramchand

Meeting Dr. Latha Ramchand

By Subhiksha Srinivasan HOUSTON: On January 7, in a conference room in India House, a group of aspiring students sat amazed. Eyes open, ears listening, brain processing each word that escaped the lips of Dr. Latha Ramchand. Her love for numbers drew her to the banking industry, where, unknown to her, laid down the foundations […]

Leadership in Chaos

Leadership in Chaos

By  Prasun Dhawan HOUSTON: Ambitious teenagers groping in the infinite information infrastructure of the modern world often find themselves to be discouraged and confused while exploring the meaning of leadership. There are so many factors that go into leadership that a single definition is impossible and differing opinions and philosophies blur the meaning further. But, […]

Living the Indian American Dream with Bhavesh Patel

Living the Indian American Dream with Bhavesh Patel

By Ram Panda HOUSTON: At the prestigious institution India House, 57 open-minded and energetic Indian youth, all who are in the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) of Houston gathered to honor and learn from one of the most inspiring Indian Americans of our time: Bhavesh Patel. He is the CEO of one of the most […]

“Chasing” Our Dreams, with Chase Untermeyer

“Chasing” Our Dreams, with Chase Untermeyer

By Akhila Mamandur HOUSTON: Saturday morning, Chase Untermeyer, suits, ties, dresses, and a room full of young, ambitious high school students. What more is needed to describe the intriguing, yet professional environment that is created to foster these young teenagers’ future careers? On September 24, 57 high school juniors and seniors of YLDP (Youth Leadership […]

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