Therese Cole Hubbs of Electric Karma Wins IACCGH Raffle Draw

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President Ashok Garg, Aku Patel of Karat 22 and Dean Latha Ramchand of the CT Bauer College of Business

By Manu Shah

HOUSTON: On November 11, IACCGH held a Raffle draw for an elegant Rolex watch. The funds generated by the sale of tickets will be used to fund a new Educational Initiative that will offer students Internship opportunities in India and other educational initiatives. The meeting, held at the Hess Club was attended by IACCGH members and guests

Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia described 2015 as “an eventful year that will be hard to beat.” He also expressed his pride at the delegation facilitated by the Chamber to India led by Mayor Annise Parker which opened business opportunities and more importantly resulted in the Chamber welcoming the US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma as the Gala Keynote Speaker. 650 business leaders, elected officials and high ranking professionals were present “despite two other major events in the city on the same evening.”

The Executive Director highlighted the efforts of several people who have helped the Chamber in its activities – Therese Cole Hubbs and Rosie from Electric Karma who event managed the Gala, Mahesh Shah of Madras Pavilion, Dean Latha Ramchand from the CT Bauer College of Business who’s “never said no whenever the Chamber reached out for her support” and Board Member Aku Patel of Karat 22 who donated a $6,500 valued Rolex to raise funds for the Student Internship Program.

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Therese Cole Hubbs of Electric Karma

President Ashok Garg outlined the significance of the Student Internship Program. The Chamber was working with Business schools and companies in Houston to offer selected MBA students an opportunity to intern in India and in Houston in order to understand business environments and working styles in two different cultures. Considering how interconnected our business worlds are, this experience, he stated would “look great not just on a resume but would offer students a dual perspective that is not entirely possible by working only in the US.”

Chief Guest for the afternoon, Dean Latha Ramchand, in her address, underscored the importance of innovation in today’s business world. Citing the example of Uber, she observed that the company was the largest transportation company in the world without owning a single automobile. Likewise Airbnb, the largest accommodation provider in the world owns no real estate. According to the Dean, it is “this human capital, the innovation in the way we conduct business which is really going to be the driver of the next century.” This innovation, she continued, comes “from knowledge, thinking beyond the box, getting together and learning from each other.”

She also lauded the Chamber for bridging the talent between India and the US and offered her assistance in helping the Chamber create that talent not just “for ourselves but for the community.”

Dr. Ramchand also did the honors of picking out the lucky winner’s name for the Rolex. The winning ticket belonged to Therese Cole Hubbs of Electric Karma.