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Announcing the 2017 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner Honorees: Ann and J. Kent Friedman and Ileana (Class XXX) and J. Michael Trevino (Class XX)
2015 ALF Annual Report: Dialogue or Debate
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American Leadership Forum

For three 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
  • R. Gerald Bennett
    Retired
    Total Safety, Inc.
    Class XII
  • Jew Don Boney
    Associate Director, Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace
    Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Claude Toland
    Director of Education
    Universal Technical Institute
    Education Class 3
  • Maritza Guerrero
    President/CEO
    Community Family Centers
    Community Development Class 1
  • Risha Jones
    Deputy Director
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Penny Butler
    Community Volunteer
    Class III
  • Qusai Mahesri
    Managing Director
    Xpediant Solutions
    Class XXXV
  • Scott Caven
    Managing Director
    Atlantic Trust Co.
    Class VI
  • Chree Boydstun
    Chief Development Officer
    Legacy Community Health Services
    Class XXVIII
  • Henderson Smith
    Holistic Worksite Wellness and Behavior Change Consultant, IIQTC Senior Trainer, NQA & IIQTC Certified Professional Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher
    Living Well Therapies
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Jason Bernal
    Chief School Officer - East Area
    HISD
    Class XXXI
  • Robert Ivany
    President
    University of St. Thomas
    Class XXV
  • Frank Rossi
    Pastor
    St. Michael Catholic Church
    Class XVI
  • Scott Van Beck
    Executive Director
    Houston A+ Challenge
    Education Class 1
  • Rose Childs
    Retired - Deputy Director for Mental Health Services
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Roman Martinez
    President & CEO
    Texas Taxi, Inc.
    Class VI
  • Taryn Sims
    President
    Wulfe Management Services, Inc.
    Class XXXI
  • Tony Diaz
    Director of Intercultural Initiatives
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Class XXV
  • Mark Praigg
    Business Advisor
    Houston MBDA Business Center/HCC
    Community Development Class 2
  • Tram Ho
    Physician - Internal Medicine
    Rudolph Medical Assoc. PA
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Craig Jackson
    Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    Texas Southern University
    Class XXVI
  • Gerald Merfish
    CEO
    Merfish Pipe & Supply/Pipe Exchange
    Class XIX
  • Caroline Baker
    Judge
    151st Civil District Court
    Class XXIII
  • Susan Stasney
    Community Volunteer
    Class XIII
  • Sean Fitzpatrick
    Executive Director
    The Jung Center
    Class XXXIX
  • Ranvir Mohindra
    President, CEO
    HMVS Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • Linda Aldred
    Sr. Vice President
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Class XXXX- Workforce Development
  • Patrick Kiley
    President
    Kiley Advisors LLC
    Class XIV
  • Jolanda Jones
    Attorney
    Jolanda Jones Consulting
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Brian Smith
    President
    Brian Smith Construction Inspection, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • M. Kaye DeWalt
    Assistant Superintendent and General Counsel, Designee
    Aldine ISD
    Education Class 1
  • Julie Boom
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Arthur Tyler, D.M.
    Chief Operating Officer
    Leslie Development Group, LLC
    Class XXIX
  • Ann Stern
    President and CEO
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • John Brittain
    Professor of Law
    UDC School of Law
    Class XIX
  • M.A. Toni Moreno
    Vice President
    MDR CFO's Inc.
    Class XXIV
  • David Mendez
    Chairman & CEO, South Region,TX, LA, OK
    JPMorgan Chase Bank
    Class XI
  • Winell Herron
    Group VP, Public Affairs, Diversity & Environmental Affairs
    H-E-B
    Class XXIV
  • Charles McMahen
    Retired- Vice Chairman-Compass Bancshares, Inc
    Director-BBVA Compass BancShares, Inc.
    Class I
  • Clark Lord
    Partner
    Bracewell & Giuliani
    Class XXXVI
  • Deborah Colby
    Retired - TRIAD Director
    Harris County Protective Services
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Shaukat Zakaria
    CEO
    Health Quest Therapeutics, LLC
    Class XXXIX
  • Michael Jhin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Harbor Sky LLC
    Class XIX
  • Ellen DeSanctis
    Vice President Investor Relations and Communications
    ConocoPhillips
    Class XXIV
  • Jacqueline Martin
    Principal
    JS Martin Associates LP
    Class XVI
  • Tommy Brooks
    Senior Advisor
    CAMAC International Corporation
    Class XXIII

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