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August 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The 2018 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was a huge success!
35 Years of Celebrating Leadership
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

Thank you to Andrea White, Tanya Debose, Tonyel Edwards, Jason Ford and Stephen Costello for joining ALF to reflect on Hurricane Harvey, one year after the storm.

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
  • Anthony Tam Pham
    Catholic Priest/Physician
    Espiritus Spine & Pain
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Riaz Siddiqi
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Denham Capital
    Class XLV
  • Cynthia Colbert
    President
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Ronald Martin
    Managing Partner - Southwest Region
    BDO USA, LLP
    Class XXX
  • Joe Russo
    Principal
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Wendy Watriss
    Co-Founder and Senior Curator
    FotoFest International
    Class X
  • Alvin Byrd
    Senior Staff Analyst
    City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods
    Community Development Class 1
  • William Reed
    President/CEO
    Technology for All
    Class XXVIII
  • Alton Hall
    Special Counsel
    Adams and Reese LLP
    Class XXI
  • Berenice Yu
    Director of Asset Building Programs
    Avenue CDC
    Class XXXVIII
  • Vernus Swisher
    Chief Executive Officer
    Career & Recovery Resources, Inc.
    Class XV
  • Gay Estes
    Community Volunteer
    Class XII
  • Michael Cordua
    Founder, Partner
    Cordua & Co.
    Class XXIII
  • Antoinette Jackson
    Partner
    Jones Walker LLP
    Community Development Class 1
  • Sara Youngdahl
    Managing Partner
    The Youngdahl Law Firm
    Class XLIV
  • Kenneth Guidry
    President
    PKF Texas, P.C.
    Class XXXVII
  • Bonnie Longnion
    Retired
    Education Class 1
  • Linda Aldred
    Sr. Vice President
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Luz Flores
    Executive Director
    AVANCE-Houston, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Cheryl Thompson-Draper
    President/CEO
    Cypress Pony Land Co. & T Bar D Ventures
    Class XIX
  • Sylvia Kerrigan
    Former Executive Vice President, Current member of Board of Directors
    Team Industrial Services, Nine Point Energy, Alta Mesa Resources
    Class XXV
  • Lindile Yeni
    Executive Director
    Treasured Clay 2-4-7, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Michelle Paul
    Executive Director
    Capital Idea Houston
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Michael Downey
    Vice President Mental Health Services
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Edward Allen
    Senior Partner and Co-Founder
    Eagle Global Advisors
    Class XXXI
  • Deborah Colby
    Retired - TRIAD Director
    Harris County Protective Services
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Sixto Wagan
    Director- Center for Arts Leadership
    University of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Devon Anderson
    Attorney
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Tracy Baskin
    Associate Pastor
    Freedom Center Church
    Class XXV
  • Jana Mullins Danna
    Director of Outreach and Community Engagement
    Brookwood Community
    Medical Community Class 4
  • James Tamayo
    Bishop
    Diocese of Laredo
    Class XIV
  • Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
    President
    Employment & Training Centers, Inc.
    Class XXVII
  • Leonard Zwelling
    Retired - VP Medical Support Services
    Legacy Community Health Services
    Medical Community Class 2
  • J. Michael Solar
    Managing Partner
    Solar & Associates, L.L.P.
    Class VII
  • Benjamin Samuels

    Samuels Family Foundation
    Class XXI
  • Rick Lowe
    Founder
    Project Row Houses
    Class XVI
  • Michael Burke
    Founder & Chairman
    San Antonio Clean Technology Forum
    Class III
  • Eric Evans
    CEO
    Tomball Regional Medical Center
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Allison Booker Brooks
    Executive Director
    YWCA of Houston
    Class XXXVIII
  • Norma Benzon
    Deceased
    YWCA
    Class XIX
  • Bruce Coe
    Assistant Director, Development
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Fatima Mawji
    Past Board Chair, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
    Anesthesiologist
    Class XXXVIII
  • Joe Gorton

    Class VI
  • M.A. Toni Moreno
    Vice President
    MDR CFO's Inc.
    Class XXIV

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