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March 8, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
What Might Houston Become with Gender Equity in the Workplace? How does gender influence careers...
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October 18 - 19, 2019
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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Wesley Wright, Cindy Hartman, Ann Hollingsworth and Victoria Bryant for leading our dialogue-- Prepare to Care--Managing the Healthcare of Aging Family Members.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houstonís culinary scene at Neo Baguette at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
Chez ALF 2.0 was a grand success!

American Leadership Forum

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.

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.

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
  • Melody Barr
    Deputy Assistant Director Public Services/Public Facilities
    City of Houston- Housing and Community Development Department
    Class XXXIX
  • Robert Carlquist
    Community Volunteer
    Class XVI
  • Edward Allen
    Senior Partner and Co-Founder
    Eagle Global Advisors
    Class XXXI
  • Peter Chang
    ECP Center of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • Gregory Baines
    Founder - Just Do It Now
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Qusai Mahesri
    Managing Director
    Xpediant Solutions
    Class XXXV
  • Lorraine Lewis
    Executive Vice President
    Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Dan D'Armond
    Executive Director-Community Development
    American Cancer Society
    Class XXVII
  • Laura Jaramillo
    Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development Manager
    Wells Fargo
    Class XXVII
  • Roger Harris
    Development Specialist Manager
    Houston First
    Class XXXIX
  • Lharissa Jacobs
    Association Director of Community Health
    YMCA of Greater Houston
    Class XLVI
  • Robert Newberry
    El Paso Corporation
    Class VII
  • Judy Wallis
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 4
  • Ravi Yanamandala
    Geotest Engineering Inc.
    Class XXXVII
  • Richard Schechter
    Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C.
    Class XXX
  • Susie Crafton

    Class XXXI
  • Christine Faulstich
    Chief of Staff
    Episcopal Diocese of Texas
    Class XXXV
  • Pat Rosenberg
    Community Volunteer
    Education Class 1
  • H. Michael Tyson
    JPMorgan Chase
    Class II
  • David Wolff
    Chairman & President
    Wolff Companies
    Class II
  • Tanya Debose
    Executive Director
    Independence Heights Redevelopment Council
    Community Development Class 2
  • James Tamayo
    Diocese of Laredo
    Class XIV
  • Traqina Emeka
    Professor, Criminal Justice
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Kathryn McNiel
    Theater District
    Class XXXII
  • Susan Kiley

    Medical Community Class 4
  • Jonathan Lack
    ROI Ventures, LLC
    Class XXIII
  • Theola Petteway
    Executive Director
    OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority
    Class XXXI
  • Bill Boyar
    Founding Shareholder
    Class XXVIII
  • Christof Spieler
    Vice President
    Class XXXIII
  • Rochelle Jacobson
    Merfish Pipe & Supply / Pipe Exchange
    Class XXIX
  • Donna Kristaponis
    Tour Guide/Food & Wine Consultant
    Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Estates
    Class XI
  • Tim Schauer
    Senior Vice President
    Cornerstone Government Affairs
    Class XLI
  • Lisa Hargrove
    General Counsel
    Houston First Corporation
    Class XXXVII
  • Adrian Patterson
    Class XXXIII
  • Lan Bentsen
    Shape Up Houston
    Class III
  • Kristin Guiney
    Judge, 232nd District Court
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Magali Candler
    Suarez Candler Law PLLC
    Class XXXVIII
  • Darryl King
    The Principle Partnering Group, LLC
    Class XIV
  • Lindile Yeni
    Executive Director
    Treasured Clay 2-4-7, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Francene Young
    Transition Minister
    The Episcopal Diocese of Texas
    Class XXX
  • Devon Anderson
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Sandra Rivera
    President & CEO
    Sandy Rivera Communications
    Class IX
  • Thelma Gray-Becknell
    Retired - Chief Nurse Executive
    Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Sara Speer Selber
    The Project Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • Randhir Sahni
    Llewelyn-Davies Sahni II LLC
    Class XVI
  • Steve Vetrano
    Chief Executive Officer
    Avondale House
    Class XXXII
  • Clark Lord
    Bracewell LLP
    Class XXXVI
  • Don Wukasch
    Retired Physician, Cardiovascular Surgeon
    University of Texas, Texas Heart Institute
    Class I

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