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April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
April Breakfast Dialogue-- What if Harris County and the State of Texas Did Not Lead the Nation in...
April 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
The Untold Stories of Houston’s DACA and Undocumented Communities In this time of...
April 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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October 18 - 19, 2019
Continuing the Leader’s Journey Join Fellows and Senior Fellows to reconnect with...

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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Suzan Deison, Sofia Adrogué, Leah Barton and Jerry Ashworth for leading our dialogue on: What Might Houston Become with Gender Equity in the Workplace?

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston’s 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
  • Ruth Goldberg
    Author/Independent Consultant
    Artik Corporation
    Class XXXVIII
  • Kathleen Martinez
    Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships & Initiatives
    BP America
    Class XLI
  • Allyson Cook
    Community Volunteer
    Class XI
  • Jill Carroll
    Program Consultant
    American Leadership Forum
    Class XXVII
  • Frank Donnelly
    Kensinger Donnelly LLC
    Class XLIV
  • Carol Shattuck
    Retired - President and CEO
    Collaborative for Children
    Class XXIII
  • Roy Walter
    Rabbi Emeritus
    Congregation Emanu El
    Class II
  • Ronald Martin
    Managing Partner - Southwest Region
    Class XXX
  • Willie Alexander
    W.J. Alexander & Associates, P.C.
    Class XIX
  • Jenifer Jarriel
    President and CEO
    Depelchin Children's Center
    Class XXXII
  • Ann Barnes
    Chief Medical Officer
    Legacy Community Health
    Class XXIX
  • Ian Aitken
    Retired - President & CEO
    The Menninger Clinic
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Cecilia Hawkins
    Former Deputy Superintendent
    Humble Independent School District
    Education Class 3
  • Janet Brown
    VP of Finance
    Space Center Houston/Manned Space Flight Education Fnd.
    Class XXXVI
  • Mark Lee
    Deputy General Counsel and Vice President
    AIG Life and Retirement
    Class XIX
  • Randhir Sahni
    Llewelyn-Davies Sahni II LLC
    Class XVI
  • Charles Gregg
    Attorney & Counselor
    Class XVII
  • Ann McGinity
    Chief Nurse Executive
    The Methodist Hospital
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Alvia Wardlaw
    University Museum -Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Bill Teague
    Teague & Associates, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Ayse McCracken
    Market President
    Texas Medical Center- Village MD
    Class XXIII
  • Robert Muhammad
    Southwest Regional Minister
    The Nation of Islam
    Class XIX
  • Daniel Rivas
    Diversity Search Consultant
    Class XX
  • Nicole Gonzales
    Associate Professor of Neurology
    UT Health
    Class XXXIII
  • Rebecca Goosen
    Associate Vice Chancellor for College Preparatory
    San Jacinto College
    Education Class 2
  • Laurence Neuhaus
    Neuhaus Investment Company
    Class X
  • Lois Stark
    Stark Productions, Inc.
    Class VI
  • Argentina James
    President & CEO
    Hill Day Public Relations
    Class XXI
  • Kelly Young

    Class XLVI
  • Allison Winnike
    President & CEO
    The Immunization Partnership
    Class XLVI
  • Melanie Gray
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVI
  • Fatima Mawji
    Past Board Chair, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
    Class XXXVIII
  • Sherry Merfish
    Consultant and Social Activist
    Class XVI
  • Barbara Crews
    Mayor of Galveston
    Class XVII
  • Clare Lee
    Chief Operating Officer
    Dignity Health Mercy General Hospital
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Robert Corder
    Principal & Partner
    The Dini Partners
    Class X
  • Roy Cordes
    County Attorney
    Fort Bend County
    Class X
  • Tandelyn Weaver
    Executive Director
    Kingdom Builders' Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Tram Ho
    Physician - Internal Medicine
    Rudolph Medical Assoc. PA
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Richard Noriega
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ronald McDonald House
    Class XV
  • Sylvia Brooks
    Houston Area Urban League Inc.
    Class X
  • Krista Freeman
    Project Explore Advisor
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XLIII
  • Cecil Fong
    OCA Greater Houston Chapter
    Class XXVI
  • Dean Muths
    Retired - Director of Visual and Performing Arts
    Clear Creek ISD
    Education Class 2
  • George Yang
    CEO & Chairman
    Asia Chemical Corp.
    Class XIV
  • Debra Stewart
    Retired-Manager, Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXXVI
  • Matthew Barnes
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Shehzaad Ali
    Director of School Director Leadership
    Class XXXIX
  • Myra Davis
    Sr. Vice President/Chief Information Officer
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Class XLII

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