Journey to Excellence

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The Journey to Excellence Youth Leadership Conference is a two-day event in Houston, TX for high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and a desire to pursue higher goals. The conference will include educational sessions, activities, and motivating talks from professionals from across the nation who have overcome extreme obstacles to achieve success.


  • Exposure to educational and career opportunities after high school.
  • Encouragement to see beyond their circumstances or perceived limitations.
  • Inspiration to dream big and the foundation for habits that will allow them to make their dreams come true.
  • Skills like goal setting, interpersonal communication, etiquette, time management and personal branding to equip them for excellence.
  • An ongoing support system where students hold each other accountable and celebrate each other’s success.


Dr. Eardie Houston overcame poverty, abuse and a broken family in a small, rural Georgia town, and has earned two advanced degrees and charted a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. Remembering the difference made by supportive mentors and programs that exposed her to life beyond her circumstances, Dr. Houston is committed to helping other young people overcome the odds and achieve greatness.


Support of program partners is critical to providing a first-class, life-changing experience that is free for all participants. If you would like to partner with Journey to Excellence, there are several ways that you can help, including:

  • Monetary contributions - Sponsor one or more attendee at $55 per participant
  • Sponsoring breakfast or lunch for an individual day or both days
  • Sponsoring the white linen etiquette dinner
  • Donating or underwriting giveaway items or gifts for students
  • Providing other needed in-kind services (van transportation, printing, graphic design, equipment rentals, etc.)


Contact Dr. Eardie Houston at 281-840-3901 or