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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 Wallis Nader, Ana Yez-Correa, Kathy Griffin Grin, Constable Alan Rosen and Judge Maria Jackson for joining ALF to explore the legal restrictions currently placed on convicted felons and the purpose of long-term punishment.

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
  • Juanita Elizondo
    Retired-Director, Corporate Relations
    Fiesta Mart, Inc.
    Class XV
  • Alberto Gonzales
    Dean
    Belmont University College of Law
    Class XII
  • Xavier Pena
    Vice President for Finance and General Counsel
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XXXI
  • Joe Russo
    Principal
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Beth Quill
    President
    Quill Consulting LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Laurens Hall
    Retired- Rector
    St. John The Divine Episcopal Ch.
    Class XVI
  • Gregory Jones
    Attorney at Law
    Law Office of Gregory N. Jones
    Class XXVIII
  • Charles Gregg
    Attorney & Counselor
    Class XVII
  • Dorothy Gibbons
    CEO and Co-Founder
    The Rose
    Class XXIX
  • Linda Clarke
    CEO
    The Clarke Group
    Class XIX
  • Frances Castaneda Dyess
    President
    Houston East End Chamber of Commerce
    Class XXVII
  • Anne Sung
    Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
    Project GRAD Houston
    Class XXXIX
  • Joshua Hayes
    Director of Adult Education
    College of the Mainland
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Matt Shelton
    Deputy Director
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.
    Class XXXIX
  • Viola Garcia
    Professor Emeritus, Retired
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Education Class 2
  • Paul Ferguson

    Class XIII
  • Katharine Lord
    Retired - Executive Director
    Bayou Preservation Association
    Class XVI
  • Larry Hawkins
    Financial Advisor
    New England Financial
    Class X
  • Kenneth Goeddeke
    Head of Schools
    KIPP Houston Public Schools
    Education Class 3
  • Riaz Siddiqi
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Denham Capital
    Class XLV
  • Deborah Gibson
    Executive Vice President
    Amegy Bank of Houston
    Class XXVII
  • Laura Jaramillo
    Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development Manager
    Wells Fargo
    Class XXVII
  • Rebecca Reyna
    Executive Director
    Greater Northside Management District
    Community Development Class 2
  • Ian Rosenberg
    Principal, INFILL Planning & Development LLC
    13 Celsius, Mongoose vs. Cobra, Weights + Measures
    Community Development Class 1
  • Sally Jeffcoat
    Executive Vice President-Growth, Strategy & Innovation
    Trinity Health
    Class XIX
  • Ange Finn
    AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner (Stress Relief and Wellness)
    Tap Into Yourself, LLC
    Class XXIX
  • Angela Snow

    Medical Community Class 3
  • Sonceria Messiah
    Publisher & CEO
    Houston Defender Newspaper, Inc./Defender Media Group
    Class VIII
  • Melanie Flowers
    Attorney
    Flowers Firm, P.C.
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Kenneth Li
    President
    Southwest Realty Group
    Class XLII
  • Lester King
    Built Environment Manager
    Harris County Public Health
    Class XXXV
  • Mary Jane Gomez
    Retired - Director, Advanced Academics, Principal, ECH Manager
    Houston ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Susan Tortolero Emery
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Research Affairs
    The University of Texas School of Public Health
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Omer Ilahi
    Orthopedic Surgeon
    SouthWest Orthopedic Group
    Class XXXVIII
  • Nancy Hennessy
    Captain
    Harris County Precint 1
    Criminal Justice 4
  • H. Michael Tyson
    Retired
    JPMorgan Chase
    Class II
  • Dorothy Caram
    Community Volunteer
    Class VI
  • Charlene Tsang-Kao
    Assistant General Counsel-Litigation & Labor/Employment
    Marathon Oil Company
    Class XLV
  • Minnette Boesel
    Retired - Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Tarsha Jackson
    Harris County Director
    Texas Organizing Project (TOP)
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Susan Ruppert
    Professor
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Vaunette Fay
    Professor and Director of Continuing Education
    Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth
    Medical Community Class 5
  • DZ Cofield
    Senior Pastor
    Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Stephen Fraga
    President
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Lindile Yeni
    Executive Director
    Treasured Clay 2-4-7, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Harriet Wasserstrum
    Retired President
    American Leadership Forum
    Class XXI
  • Howard Tellepsen
    Chairman
    Tellepsen Corporation
    Class XIV
  • Jeff Bricker
    Senior Vice President
    Page
    Class XX
  • John Rolfe

    Class XLI

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