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August 16, 2018

RENU KHATOR
PRESIDENT

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON 
“Education is a journey of experiences. Take every opportunity inside but also outside of classroom to experience, explore, learn and grow.”


JEANINE HALLER PISKURICH
VICE PRESIDENT LAND

US LOWER 48 ONSHORE, BP AMERICA PRODUCTION COMPANY
"I am blessed to be able to give my younger self advice daily through my two high school daughters, especially in their educational journeys.  The key for me to share is to have a future by design, not default.  Your attitude is everything & the world doesn’t need more victims!  Don’t let others define you.  All of our choices should be intentional and that’s a wonderful skill to develop early in life to assume responsibility and accountability – it also helps develop empowerment at an early age.  It’s okay to fail too – you learn more sometimes by failing than succeeding. Another key for me would be to value the contributions of everyone.  Teachers, administrators, custodians, crossing guards & cafeteria workers all add value to your life and are committed to your success, growth and development.  Recognize and appreciate them – the more inclusive you are the better you will be able to be the change you wish to see in the world."


JENNIFER KIRK
VP/PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING OFFICER
OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM 
"The advice I would give my younger self is read the “real news” every day and be more aware of current events and how they shape history.  So much of life’s greatest lessons have already been learned if you just pay attention to history.  If you stay up on current affairs, you can see it all playing out and this will give you insight as to how to react.  As an aside, being worldly and aware of current events gives you depth and consequently, makes you a more interesting person." 


KAREN LOVE
OWNER
KAREN LOVE & CO

"First, I would tell my younger self that school is less about the subject matter and more about the learning process. Keeping an eager, open attitude toward learning something new isn’t easy when you’re slogging through algebra class. A love of learning and willingness to build new skills will help anyone be more successful. In fact, constant learning is really a requirement in today’s fast-changing business world. I would also encourage my younger self to see that it’s OK to be different, and to not conform rigidly to others’ expectations. This can be difficult for a young person to see when they’re trying to fit in. Yet being authentic, developing unique talents, and not being afraid to stand apart from the crowd is a great formula for success."

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