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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!

Thank you to Kurt Ewen, Moshe Vardi and Peter Beard for joining ALF to begin to explore our 3-part series on the Future of Work.

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
  • Melody Barr
    Deputy Assistant Director Public Services/Public Facilities
    City of Houston- Housing and Community Development Department
    Class XXXIX
  • Shawna Morris
    Sr. VP & Executive Director
    Phoenix House
    Medical Community Class 3
  • John Donovan
    Justice 14th Court of Appeals
    State of Texas
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Jennifer Jones Santos
    Principal
    J2 Strategic Solutions LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Graham Painter
    Corp. Communications
    Class XVII
  • Jim Kollaer
    Managing Director
    Kollaer Advisors, LLC
    Class I
  • Krista Coleman
    Testing, Certification & Compliance Officer Zeta Omega Chapter Counselor (KDP) Wesley Foundation Counselor (WF) College of Education Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
    University of Houston
    Class XLIII
  • Lydia Johnson
    Clinical Director, Legal Clinic
    Texas Southern University
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Sophia Smith
    Payload Software Engineering & Integration
    NASA
    Class XXXIV
  • Jeff Clarke
    CEO
    Clarke & Company
    Class XV
  • Barbara Best
    Director of Student and Fellows Programs
    Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
    Class XXV
  • Clay Bowman
    Court Administrator
    Harris County District Courts
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Deanea LeFlore
    Chief of Protocol
    Mayor's Office of Trade and International Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Peggy Smith
    Professor & CEO Teen Health Clinics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Class II
  • Argentina James
    President & CEO
    Hill Day Public Relations
    Class XXI
  • Ron Franklin
    Partner
    McGuireWoods LLP
    Class IX
  • John White
    Partner
    The Southern Funds Group, LLC
    Class XXI
  • Chree Boydstun
    Chief Development Officer
    Legacy Community Health
    Class XXVIII
  • Diane Lipton
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston Maritime Museum
    Education Class 1
  • Laurence Neuhaus
    President
    Neuhaus Investment Company
    Class X
  • Allison Booker Brooks

    Class XXXVIII
  • Melinda Perrin
    Community Volunteer
    Class VI
  • Lance Black
    Medical Device Innovation Lead
    TMC Innovation Institute
    Class XLVI
  • Ryane Jackson
    Director, Community Development and Global Education & Training
    Houston Methodist
    Community Development Class 2
  • Grace Butler
    Founder/CEO
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    Class XII
  • Frances Isbell
    Chief Executive Director
    Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Teresa Yancey
    SVP - Corporate Investment Services
    Amegy
    Class XXX
  • Devon Anderson
    Attorney
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Rolando Trevino
    Chief School Officer- East Area
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XXXVI
  • D. Mark Poag
    Founder and Managing Director
    Fitz Gate Ventures
    Class XXXVI
  • Rene Solis
    Senior Vice President
    BakerRipley
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Cris Daskevich
    CEO /SVP
    Children's Hospital of San Antonio / Maternal&Child Services for CHRISTUS Health
    Class XXXVI
  • Juan Alonso
    Regional Vice President
    HEB
    Class XXXVI
  • Ghulam Bombaywala

    Five Star Merchant Services
    Class XX
  • Angela Snow

    Medical Community Class 3
  • Anne Olson
    President
    Buffalo Bayou Partnership
    Class XXII
  • Rebecca Udden
    Artistic Director
    Main Street Theater
    Class XVII
  • Cherri Carbonara
    President
    Carbonara Group
    Class XXXVI
  • T.J. Martinez
    Deceased
    Founding President - Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
    Class XXIX
  • Victoria Bryant
    President
    Ambassadors Caregivers
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Leonard Zwelling
    Retired - VP Medical Support Services
    Legacy Community Health Services
    Medical Community Class 2
  • David Underwood, Sr.
    Deceased
    President - Feliciana Corporation
    Class IV
  • Meredith Wedin
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 3
  • Kenneth Wells
    President
    Alken Health Resources
    Class XXI
  • Kendra Thomas
    Legal Review Manager
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Criminal Justice 4
  • James Faucett
    President & CEO
    Houston Hospice
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Katherine Tipton
    Independent Contractor
    Community Development Class 1
  • Charles Babcock
    Partner
    Jackson Walker L.L.P.
    Class XI
  • Donna Bahorich
    Chair
    Texas State Board of Education
    Class XLIII

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