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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
  • Tanya Debose
    Executive Director
    Independence Heights Redevelopment Council
    Community Development Class 2
  • Rodney Watson
    Superintendent of Schools
    Spring ISD
    Class XLIII
  • Marcie Mir
    Chief Executive Officer
    El Centro de Corazón
    Community Development Class 1
  • June Christensen
    Retired- CEO
    Society for the Performing Arts
    Class XXXI
  • Andrew Dewey
    Teacher
    HISD
    Education Class 1
  • Clarissa Stephens
    Sr. Manager, Applied Technology Services
    Harris County Budget Mgmt.
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Kathryn Whitmire
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class VI
  • James Barrette
    Secretariat Director-Pastoral & Educational Ministries
    Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XLI
  • Michele Hedges
    Senior Counsel
    Omega Protein, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Tandelyn Weaver
    Executive Director
    Kingdom Builders' Center
    Class XXXIII
  • John Rolfe

    Class XLI
  • Richard Beech
    Senior Safety Officer
    Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Synthes
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Matthew Barnes
    Owner
    Barnes|Strategies
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Melanie Lawson
    News Anchor/Reporter
    KTRK-TV/ABC-13; DISNEY/ABC
    Class VI
  • Shawna Morris
    Sr. VP & Executive Director
    Phoenix House
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Sue Deigaard
    District V Trustee
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XLIII
  • Shara McClure
    Divisional Senior VP, Texas Health Care Delivery
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Vidal Martinez
    Managing Partner
    Martinez Partners LLP
    Class IX
  • Joe Fuentes
    Founder/Chief Executive Officer
    AVENUE 360 Health & Wellness
    Class XLI
  • Leslie Bourne
    Executive Director
    Covenant House Texas
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Michael Tucker
    Practice Leader, Health & Benefits
    Willis Towers Watson
    Class XLVI
  • David Medina
    Director of Multicultural Community Relations
    Rice University
    Class XXVIII
  • Melanie Gray
    Partner
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVI
  • Barbara Hurwitz
    Community Volunteer
    Class X
  • Azam Kundi
    Internal Medicine
    Kelsey Seybold Clinic
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Douglas Sung

    Class XXII
  • Joshua Hayes
    Director of Adult Education
    College of the Mainland
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Jessica Farrar
    State Representative, District 148
    State of Texas
    Class XX
  • Ericka Brown
    COO
    Harris Health System
    Class XLI
  • Jose Garcia
    Vice Chairman Pediatrics
    University of TX- Houston LBJ General Hospital
    Class XXIV
  • Riaz Siddiqi
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Denham Capital
    Class XLV
  • John Baker
    President
    John H. Baker Interests
    Class II
  • Karla Alamilla-Vincent
    Talent Manager
    H-E-B
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Ann Stern
    President and CEO
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Cheryl Chanaud
    System Executive Director, Clinical Innovation & Research Institute
    Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Catherine Burnett
    Associate Dean & Professor
    South Texas College of Law
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Karun Sreerama
    Principal
    The Assets Management Consultants
    Class XXIX
  • Travis Brashear
    EVP, National Sales
    IMAGINE Health, Inc.
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Bernice Joseph
    Chief Operating Officer
    The Rose
    Class XXXII
  • Christopher Bilton
    Director
    Houston MBDA Business Center
    Community Development Class 2
  • Rick Ngo
    General Surgeon
    Southwest Surgical Associates
    Class XXXIV
  • Jesus Rubio
    Deceased
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class VIII
  • Susan Sclafani
    President
    Sclafani Consulting
    Class XVIII
  • Francis Coleman
    Attorney/Community Volunteer
    Self-employed
    Class VIII
  • Ann Malecha
    Professor
    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Algenita Davis
    Director
    Lewis Affiliated, Inc.
    Class XVIII

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