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December 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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We hope you will join us on December 6 for the 2017 Annual Meeting!

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.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

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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
  • Susan Harris
    Partner
    BakerHostetler
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Hiram Contreras

    Retired
    Class IX
  • Lillie Fontenot
    Development Consultant
    Accent Management
    Class V
  • Charles Babcock
    Partner
    Jackson Walker L.L.P.
    Class XI
  • Susan Kiley

    Medical Community Class 4
  • Melody Barr
    Deputy Assistant Director Public Services/Public Facilities
    City of Houston- Housing and Community Development Department
    Class XXXIX
  • Azam Kundi
    Internal Medicine
    Kelsey Seybold Clinic
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Emilee Whitehurst
    Senior Vice President External Services
    Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
    Class XXIX
  • Christopher Bilton
    Director
    Houston MBDA Business Center
    Community Development Class 2
  • Philip Wright
    Community Relations
    Houston Housing Authority
    Class XLII
  • Arthur Tyler, D.M.
    Chief Operating Officer
    Leslie Development Group, LLC
    Class XXIX
  • Mike Falick
    Partner
    Rothfelder and Falick LLP
    Education Class 1
  • Diane Lipton
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston Maritime Museum
    Education Class 1
  • Lupe Fraga
    Owner & CEO
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class VIII
  • T.J. Martinez
    Deceased
    Founding President - Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
    Class XXIX
  • Lindile Yeni
    Executive Director
    Treasured Clay 2-4-7, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Oliver Burbridge
    Retired-Principal
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.- Educational Services Div.
    Class XXXIX
  • Grover Jackson
    Chairman & CEO
    Spinel Capital
    Class XIX
  • Edgardo Colon
    Attorney At Law
    Edgardo E. Colon, P.C.
    Class XXIII
  • Susan Stasney
    Community Volunteer
    Class XIII
  • Angelica Adams
    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • James J. Smith
    President and CEO
    MacGregor Area Community Development Corporation
    Class XX
  • Karen Love
    Director/Owner- Practice Growth
    PKF Texas
    Class XXXV
  • Ronald Oran
    Partner
    Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
    Class XLII
  • Paula Hinton
    Partner
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVIII
  • Roy Walter
    Rabbi Emeritus
    Congregation Emanu El
    Class II
  • Laurie Vignaud
    Senior Vice President/Sr. Director
    Capital One N.A.
    Class XLI
  • Paul Nugent
    Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense of Individuals and Companies
    Nugent & Peterson
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Brenda Hellyer
    Chancellor
    San Jacinto College District
    Class XXX
  • Ron Pogue
    Interim Rector
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Class X
  • Margaret Solomon
    Attorney
    Margaret Solomon, Attorney At Law
    Education Class 2
  • Eva Guzman
    Justice
    Texas Supreme Court
    Class XXII
  • John Duman
    CEO
    Zenith Learning
    Class XLIII
  • Elwyn Lee
    Vice President for Community Relations and Institutional Access
    University of Houston
    Class XI
  • Ravi Yanamandala
    President
    Geotest Engineering Inc.
    Class XXXVII
  • Shawna Morris
    Sr. VP & Executive Director
    Phoenix House
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Karen H. Love
    SVP Strategic Planning and Partnerships
    Community Health Choice, Inc.
    Medical Community Class 1
  • James Colbert
    Superintendent
    Harris County Dept. of Education
    Class XXXVII
  • Victor Samuels
    Retired
    Victory Packaging Inc.
    Class X
  • Karla Alamillia-Vincent
    Talent Manager
    H-E-B
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Lemel Jones
    Chief Executive Officer
    Target Hunger
    Class XXXVII
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health McGovern Center
    Class XXIX
  • Bill Boyar
    Founding Shareholder
    BoyarMiller
    Class XXVIII
  • Evelyn Velasquez
    Professor, Business Center of Excellence
    Houston Community College
    Class XXXIII
  • David Page
    Retired
    Fairview Health Services
    Class XIV
  • Leonard Gatewood
    Retired-President and CEO
    Ashbrooke Business Consultant
    Class V
  • Collin Cox
    Partner
    Yetter Coleman LLP
    Class XLII
  • M. Anne Murphy
    Principal
    Dini Spheris
    Class XXVIII

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