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2021 Building a Dream Luncheon

Join us Tuesday, October 19, 2021, for Houston Habitat’s only fundraising event.

Leela Krishnamurthy

The Carl Umland Award

Leela Krishnamurthy exemplifies the same tenacity and passion for serving the Houston community as the organization’s founder, Carl Umland.

Leela is well known for her work as a local community activist and philanthropist. Leela has a longstanding record of service to the Houston community. Most recently, Leela was honored as a 2020 Woman of Substance by The Mission of Yahweh and a Hats Off to Mothers Awardee by Easter Seals. Leela and her husband Nat were named a Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker by Caring Kindness Wisdom. Leela has generously served on the board of UNICEF and Houston Habitat for Humanity.  During her term as a board member, and then President of Indo American Charity Foundation, two Houston Habitat houses were sponsored by the foundation. Leela was head Librarian of the Barbara Bush library where she initiated innovative programs including famous authors like Stephen King.  She is a current trustee and president of Sankara Nethralaya, fighting blindness in India. Leela has also served as president of Bharathi Kalai Manram and treasurer of India Cultural Center.

Photo courtesy of Gittings Photography


Dr. Antonio D. Tillis

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tillis is an internationally acclaimed scholar, and author in Latin American, Afro-Latin American, and African Diaspora studies and 2012 Professor of the Year. A long-time Houston Habitat advocate and current board member, Dr. Tillis most recently served as the interim president of the University of Houston-Downtown and Dean of the University of Houston, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.


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