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35 Years of Celebrating Leadership
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

Thank you to Keith Wade, Charles Kuffner, Jessica Colon, and Minerva Perez (our great moderator from Class XXXI) for joining us for a dialogue to examine the results of Houston's recent election.

ALF Salutes the Lead 2017 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner Sponsors

American Leadership Forum

For three and a half decades ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a mix of diverse leaders from virtually every sector of the Houston community -- not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership to empower Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.

The fundamental principles of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) assert that when individuals suspend judgment and allow themselves to truly hear meaning and context from others without the interference of cultural and ideological filters – this potential is unlocked to serve the common good.

It’s no coincidence that Houston’s growing recognition as one of America’s great multicultural cities for more than 30 years parallels the growth of the American Leadership Forum. Since 1980, ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a multicultural mix of extremely diverse leaders from virtually every sector of Houston’s community not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership that empowers Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.

This commitment to community and cooperative spirit is nurtured through a yearlong program in which ALF Fellows engage in dialogue, learn to value their differences and unique perspectives, find common ground and build lasting relationships.

 

Senior Fellows from the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Mary Vitek
    Chief Executive Officer
    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
    Class XXI
  • Pete Garcia
    President
    Pete Garcia International, Inc.
    Class XXXV
  • Leslie Wang
    Senior Advisor
    Honu Advisors, LLC
    Class XXXIX
  • J. Michael Trevino
    Managing Director
    Trevino & Company
    Class XX
  • David Medina
    Director of Multicultural Community Relations
    Rice University
    Class XXVIII
  • Jennifer Gigliotti
    Associate Dean-Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
    Rice University
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • William Kroger
    Partner
    Baker Botts, LLP
    Class XX
  • Jodie Jiles
    Director of Business Development
    Transwestern
    Class IX
  • Michele Pola
    Retired- Chief of Staff and Chief Business & Community Relations Officer
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XXIV
  • Stephan Fairfield
    President/CEO
    Covenant Community Capital Corporation
    Community Development Class 1
  • Leo De Leon
    President/Creative Director
    Boone De Leon Communications
    Class XVII
  • Vanessa Gilmore
    United States District Judge
    U.S. Dist. Court -Southern Dist. of TX
    Class XI
  • Michael Lewis
    Consultant
    Class XXXIV
  • Gregory Baines
    Deceased
    Founder - Just Do It Now
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Roy Cordes
    County Attorney
    Fort Bend County
    Class X
  • Michelle Lyn
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Itze Soliz
    Attorney & Counselor At Law
    Law Offices of Itze Soliz
    Class XXX
  • Kofi Burney
    Chief - Infrastructure and Applications Office
    NASA
    Class XXXII
  • Alvia Wardlaw
    Director/Curator
    University Museum -Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Karrie Washenfelder
    President
    Fort Bend Employee Federation
    Education Class 3
  • Lori Hinton
    President
    American Case Management, Houston
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Belinda Hill
    Attorney
    Class XX
  • Christopher Knapp
    CEO
    Collaboration Capital LLC
    Class XXVI
  • Antoinette Jackson
    Partner
    Jones Walker LLP
    Community Development Class 1
  • Kenneth Goeddeke
    Head of Schools
    KIPP Houston Public Schools
    Education Class 3
  • Marion McCollam
    Retired - President
    McCollam Consulting LLC
    Class XII
  • Wea Lee
    Chairman/CEO
    Southern News Group
    Class XV
  • Gary Randazzo
    Director, Executive Education
    University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business
    Class XIX
  • David Wolff
    Chairman & President
    Wolff Companies
    Class II
  • Anna Mateja
    Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    Texas Children's Health Plan
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Paul Morales
    Retired - Director - Admin. Review and Risk Mgmt.
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Mary Ryder
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bancorp
    Class XXXI
  • Steven Capper
    Vicar/Ex. Dir.
    Lord of the Streets
    Class XXX
  • Ann Malecha
    Professor
    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • Colleen Morimoto
    Senior Administrator
    Rice University - Office of the Provost
    Class XIII
  • Margaret Shannon
    Retired-General Counsel BJ Services Company
    Board of Directors, Quanta Services
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Linda McCarty
    President and CEO
    Faith In Practice
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Rodney Watson
    Superintendent
    Spring ISD
    Class XLIII
  • Donna Fife
    Principal, Elm Grove Elementary
    Humble ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Shelly Power
    CEO/Artistic Director
    Foundation En Faveur De L'Art chorégraphique / Prix de Lausanne
    Class XXXIV
  • Davna Brook
    Retired - Assistant Director - Southern Region
    American Society for Technion
    Class X
  • Samuel Sarabia
    Chief School Officer
    HISD
    Class XXXI
  • Jacquetta Smith
    CEO
    Dominion Consulting and Development
    Class XXXVII
  • Cruz Hinojosa
    Galena Park City Councilmember Position 2-Police & Fire
    League of United Latin American Citizens
    Class XXVII
  • Robert Mosbacher
    Chairman of the Board
    Mosbacher Energy Company
    Class II
  • Oliver Burbridge
    Retired-Principal
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.- Educational Services Div.
    Class XXXIX
  • Susannah Wong

    Class XXII

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