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Honoring George Floyd
Since our founding, the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter has stood for and worked for inclusion and equity. We oppose and denounce racism, discrimination and injustice in all its forms both overt and implicit. And today we stand in solidarity with our Black Fellows, Senior Fellows, community members, colleagues and neighbors.
The murder of George Floyd has devastated our community because he was one of us. Yet this tragic injustice has called every one of us, not just in Houston, but across our country and around the world to take a stand and demand meaningful and permanent change. And we must not fail to heed this call.
Mr. Floyd was brought home to Houston to be celebrated, recognized, remembered and laid to rest. And I ask that every Houstonian, Texan, American and human being join in honoring him by searching their heart and committing to ending racism by taking specific action to demonstrate that commitment in their lives, their homes, their workplaces and their communities.
I look forward to working together with our Black Fellows and Senior Fellows along with all of the other dedicated allies of all backgrounds that are part of our ALF movement to lead and serve our community in keeping Mr. Floyd’s life and tragic death in our hearts and minds as the guiding light in the work ahead of all of us.
Daniel W. Snare, President
Leadership matters-- all the time-- and especially during a crisis. As we move through the current COVID-19 crisis, the American Leadership Forum is proud to support our leaders across the Houston/Gulf Coast Region who are working tirelessly to support the community.
The American Leadership Forum was created here in Houston nearly 40 years ago to create a platform for us to collaborate and help one another, especially during times like these. The ALF network is deep and holds incredible potential to be a vital part of the solutions that will help our community navigate through our current challenges. We are stronger together!
We are continuing to develop and offer opportunities to support our Fellows and Senior Fellows through virtual convenings and welcome your suggestions on topics impacting our community through this challenging time. While we are honoring the Stay at Home, Work Safe guidelines, ALF staff remains available to support you and may be contacted directly through email.
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.