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UH Chancellor, Dr. Renu Khator’s Success Story Inspires YLDP Students

President and Chancellor of UofH, Dr. Renu Khator (in white), with YLDP students

Dr. Renu Khator addresses YLDP session

HOUSTON: On April 28, Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) students visited with an extraordinary woman, Dr. Renu Khator. She recounted her mission, obstacles, and journey to success. The President and Chancellor of the University of Houston, Dr. Khator, is the first Indo-American woman to serve as the President of an American university. In her speech, Dr. Khator imparted many lessons she believes are the foundations of leadership.

The first of these is to have a wild dream, whether it is a little crazy or completely irrational. Dr. Khator explained to the students how her dream of earning a PhD was faced with difficulty when her traditional Indian family forced her into an arranged marriage. However, she managed to put herself through college and beyond, sticking to her crazy dream and finally making it a reality.

The second characteristic of effective leadership, according to Dr. Khator, is to act on one’s dream and never let anything obstruct that. She described how after she transferred to the United States, she overcame a tough language barrier by watching eight hours of television everyday to immerse herself  in the English language.

Dr. Khator’s final piece of advice for aspiring leaders is simple – be humble. She believes that “no leader travels alone” and that great leaders are defined by their humility.

Dr. Khator builds on current goals to create future goals that she can keep working on throughout her career. This enables her to continuously perfect whatever she wants to accomplish because she is never completely finished with something.

Dr. Khator’s lessons and incredible success story inspired YLDP students.

Reported by: Aditya Srinivasan, Raj Kavadi, Srimahesh Vangavolu, Isha Deo, and Nicole Bhatnagar.


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