State representative and UH student spoke at first Catalyst Leadership Luncheon of the year
The first luncheon of the year for the Catalyst Leadership Luncheon series was held on Wednesday.
Representative Armando Walle, who is currently studying at the UH Law Center, delivered a talk on “Leadership through Community Engagement.”
When describing how to cope with a difficult situation and become a leader, Walle drew on examples from his own life.
“I remember, during high school, I had a team of teachers who really looked after me,” Walle said. “So it was important to me to have those role models and help out other people in the community. The University of Houston was very helpful to me, so I made an effort to get involved and join the community services organizations. This really instilled in me a commitment to serve and help others to come along as well.”
Petroleum engineering graduate student Shakti Sehra said she enjoyed Walle’s speech.
“(Walle’s) story was truly inspirational and makes you believe that any achievement is possible. Catalyst Lucheon is a great initiative and I plan to attend the rest of the luncheons as well,” Sehra said.
Walle reminded Catalyst attendees that personal change starts from within.
“My message to you would be to work hard; there’s really no secret that I can give you besides that,” Walle said. “You can motivate people and be a good speaker, but it’s really about what you do after that that matters.”
The Catalyst luncheon series will continue with two more talks in October and November.