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October 18, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
COPE Lunch Club Launch Do you want to effect positive change in the public education system? Do...
October 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chez ALF 2.0-- NEW FORMAT This year we are launching a new variation on the ever-popular Chez ALF...
November 9, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
How could Houston respond to changes in the social contract caused by shifts in the workforce? This...
December 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ALF Annual Meeting and Reunion Reconnect with your classmates and celebrate with Senior Fellows...

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Thank you to Armando Perez, Linda Aldred, Kim Williams and Peter Beard for leading our discussion on the influence and impact of changing technology on local businesses and their workforce.
Thank you to Janis Burke, Reid Ryan, Carrie Potter and Jamey Rootes for joining us to explore: Why is Houston "Hot" on Sports?
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
The 2018 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was a huge success!

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
  • Laura Jaramillo
    Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development Manager
    Wells Fargo
    Class XXVII
  • Marie Goradia
    Board Member, Pratham USA and Director
    Goradia Family Office
    Class XXXVI
  • Jesus Rubio
    Deceased
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class VIII
  • Cruz Hinojosa
    Retired
    Class XXVII
  • E.W. Bill Wright III
    First Vice President, Investments
    Raymond James & Associates
    Class I
  • John Esquivel
    Retired-Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer; Associate General Counsel
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXVI
  • Michele Sabino
    Consultant
    Third Sector Services
    Class XXVII
  • Beth Quill
    President
    Quill Consulting LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Anna Mateja
    Vice President
    Texas Children's Health Plan
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Blanca E. Blanco
    Financial Advisor
    Cetera Advisors LLC
    Class XI
  • Angela Ellis
    Associate Judge
    315th District Court
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Marilyn DeMontrond
    Community Volunteer
    Harris County Protective Services, Child Welfare League of America
    Class XXVIII
  • Meredith Wedin
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 3
  • Stuart Saunders
    Managing Partner
    Mission-Heights Enterprises, Ltd.
    Class XXVIII
  • Robert Gee
    President
    Gee Strategies Group, LLC
    Class IX
  • Michael Schneider
    Judge-315th District Court
    Harris County
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Sylvester Turner
    Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class XX
  • Suzan Deison
    CEO/President/Founder
    Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
    Class XXXV
  • Theola Petteway
    Executive Director
    OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority
    Class XXXI
  • J. Michael Trevino
    Managing Director
    Trevino & Company
    Class XX
  • John Rolfe

    Class XLI
  • Genora Boykins
    Assistant Regional General Counsel
    NRG Energy, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Mary Margaret Hansen
    Artist/Writer/Public Art Consultant
    Class XVII
  • David Brown
    Creative Director
    dabfoto creative
    Class XXXIII
  • H. Michael Tyson
    Retired
    JPMorgan Chase
    Class II
  • Zinetta Burney
    Judge
    Justice of the Peace, Pct 7-2
    Class XIV
  • Laurie Bricker
    Consulting & Strategies
    Class XVI
  • Melissa Paschal
    Independent Healthcare Consultant
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Ann Kaufman
    Community Volunteer
    Class VIII
  • Jose Villarreal
    Retired Former non-profit executive, Public Administration Senior Executive
    Self-Employed Consultant
    Class IV
  • Helen Havens
    Retired
    St. Stephen Episcopal Church
    Class V
  • T.J. Martinez
    Deceased
    Founding President - Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
    Class XXIX
  • Diane McGehee
    Senior Pastor
    Bering Memorial United Methodist Church
    Class XXXIV
  • Richard Torres
    VP, Community Relations Officer
    BBVA Compass
    Class XVI
  • Mia Wright
    Co-Pastor
    The Fountain of Praise Church
    Class XLV
  • Lisa Helfman
    Real Estate Director
    H-E-B
    Medical Community Class 4
  • John Johnson
    Director
    Johnson & Lindley LLC
    Class XI
  • Rene Solis
    Senior Vice President
    BakerRipley
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • David Gerger
    Partner
    Gerger Khalil & Hennessy
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Martha Jamison
    Judge
    Harris County 14th Court of Appeals
    Class XXV
  • Kelly Ziga
    Chief Executive Officer
    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Class XXXIV
  • John Donovan
    Justice 14th Court of Appeals
    State of Texas
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Lisa Caruthers
    Director
    Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE)
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Robert Newberry
    Retired
    El Paso Corporation
    Class VII
  • Michael Jhin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Harbor Sky LLC
    Class XIX
  • Mario Gallegos
    Deceased
    Texas State Senator, District 6
    Class XVI
  • Lupe Olivarez
    Owner
    G.O. Productions Festival Consulting
    Community Development Class 2

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