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About Dr. Najoua Hotard
Najoua Hotard, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of the Institute of Critical Languages and Cultural Exchange, Inc. (I.C.L.C.E.) in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
She is an educator with 23 years experience. Since 2007, Najoua has focused her energies on providing federally funded critical language programs, namely STARTALK, to youth and professionals in the United States.
Throughout her journey as a teacher, she has firmly believed her strength comes from God’s guidance to help youth from all backgrounds become leaders. Under Najoua’s direction, I.C.L.C.E. implemented the STARTALK grant for 2008, 2009, and 2011. Najoua is actively engaged in the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and several other professional and community-based governmental and professional groups.
Najoua’s Success Tip
Any business involves hard work and sometimes growing pain. Having faith in God’s power and mercy and keeping a positive upbeat lessens the difficulties. When I started the business, I tended to be impatient and had a sense of urgency to achieve success. STARTALK program has brought me blessings in the sense that it taught me how to regain my spiritual strength. It brought my way young people eager to learn and become global citizens, as well as team members and friends ready to lend a hand at anytime. Like my dear Sarita Mehta said, one has to free the mind from the negative and focus on bringing hope and peace to every action we do. She told me once that we push the button on a phone and we can reach someone fast. God is always there. We just have to learn how to talk to him and it is not that difficult. As you see businesses or programs , small or big become meaningful when they bring about change and empowerment through great human beings we meet.
Najoua’s Favorite Quote
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the World: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
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