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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
Thank you to Russ Poppe and Stephen Costello for leading a discussion on flooding at the September Second Friday Breakfast.
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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
  • Leila Sarmecanic
    Partner
    Rogers Morris & Grover
    Class XXXIII
  • Francis Coleman
    Attorney/Community Volunteer
    Self-employed
    Class VIII
  • Sylvester Turner
    Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class XX
  • Mike White
    Head of School
    Westbury Christian School
    Class XXXIV
  • Jane Cummins
    Executive Director
    The HEART Program
    Class XXV
  • Debra Danburg
    Former Attorney and State Representative
    Class XIV
  • Jennifer Jones Santos
    Principal
    J2 Strategic Solutions LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Veronica Thibideaux
    President
    Alief American Federation of Teachers & School Employees
    Education Class 4
  • Stephen Williams
    Executive Director
    Houston Department of Health & Human Services
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Soner Tarim
    CEO
    Harmony Public Schools
    Class XXX
  • Marc Melcher
    Vice President
    Merrill Lynch
    Class XXXI
  • Anne Olson
    President
    Buffalo Bayou Partnership
    Class XXII
  • Jodie Jiles
    Director of Business Development
    Transwestern
    Class IX
  • Ranvir Mohindra
    President, CEO
    HMVS Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • Michael Jhin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Harbor Sky LLC
    Class XIX
  • Martin Wickliff
    Member
    Cozen O'Connor
    Class XV
  • Alice Aanstoos
    Retired - Regional Vice President
    AT&T
    Class XVII
  • Mary Margaret Hansen
    Artist/Writer/Public Art Consultant
    Class XVII
  • Shannon Buggs
    Director of Community and Public Relations
    The Woman's Hospital of Texas - HCA Healthcare
    Class XXXVIII
  • Carole Pinkett
    Consultant
    Human Resources & Mediation
    Class VII
  • Debbie McNulty
    Director-Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXIII
  • Grace Butler
    Founder/CEO
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    Class XII
  • Michelle Barnes
    Executive Director
    Community Artists' Collective
    Class XXII
  • Helen Havens
    Retired
    St. Stephen Episcopal Church
    Class V
  • Nancy Dunlap

    Medical Community Class 5
  • Lynn Sessions
    Partner
    Baker & Hostetler LLP
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Walter Jackson
    Area Superintendent
    Alief ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Ann Malecha
    Professor
    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Anna Eastman
    Trustee District 1- Secretary
    Houston ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Debra Stewart
    Director, Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach
    Shell
    Class XXXVI
  • Julie Boom
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Jacquetta Smith
    Executive Director
    The Prayer Institute
    Class XXXVII
  • Traqina Emeka
    Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Criminal Justice 4
  • William Transier
    Chairman
    Endeavour International Corporation
    Class XXII
  • David Collins
    Civil Engineering Consultant
    FCM Engineers, PC
    Class VIII
  • Sangeeta Gad
    Director, Houston PREP
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Education Class 2
  • Domingo Barrios
    Financial Professional Associate
    Prudential
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Arturo Chavez
    Senior Principal
    Page
    Class XXXIX
  • Theopolis Holeman
    Deceased
    Spectra Energy Crop
    Class XIV
  • Rhea Lawson
    Director
    Houston Public Library - City of Houston
    Education Class 4
  • Russell Jackson
    President/CEO
    Decision Information Resources, Inc.
    Class XVI
  • Ray Reiner
    Retired
    Central District Superintendent HISD
    Class IV
  • Shelly Power
    CEO/Artistic Director
    Foundation En Faveur De L'Art chorégraphique / Prix de Lausanne
    Class XXXIV
  • Jose Garcia
    Vice Chairman Pediatrics
    University of TX- Houston LBJ General Hospital
    Class XXIV
  • David Chaumette
    Principal
    www.piccman.com
    Class XXXV
  • Carmen Orta
    Deceased
    American Communication Services, Inc.
    Class IX
  • Jay Jenkins
    Project Attorney
    Harris County
    Class XXXIX

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