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June 17 - 23, 2019
For the first time ever, ALF will be kicking off "Class Reunion Week". Each class will be invited...
July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Personal Lessons Learned: Looking Back, Looking Ahead Join Annise Parker, Class XVII, CEO of the...
August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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October 18 - 19, 2019
Continuing the Leader’s Journey Join Fellows and Senior Fellows to reconnect with...

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The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

Thank you very much to Ann Best Scott, Dr. Chris Greeley, and Dr. Bob Sanborn who led our June Second Friday Breakfast dialogue on Growing Up in Houston.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston?s culinary scene at Indianola at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
Chez ALF 2.0 was a grand success!

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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.

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.

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
  • Veronica Gorczynski
    Greater East End Management District
    Class XXXV
  • Steve Burkett
    Executive Vice President
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Class XXIV
  • Laurie Bricker
    Consulting & Strategies
    Class XVI
  • Christine Markham
    Associate Professor & Associate Director
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health - Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Alma Connor
    Retired - Chief US Pretrial Services Officer
    U.S. Courts
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Minnette Boesel
    Retired - Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Robert Muhammad
    Southwest Regional Minister
    The Nation of Islam
    Class XIX
  • Lida Woodul
    Retired - Board Member
    Cy-Fair ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Shelly Power
    Executive Director
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    Class XXXIV
  • Alim Adatia
    Outreach Strategists
    Class XLIX
  • Gasper Mir
    Retired - Principal
    MFR Group
    Class IX
  • Antoinette Jackson

    Community Development Class 1
  • Davna Brook
    Class X
  • Bridgette Murray
    Pleasantville Area Super Neighborhood Council
    Community Development Class 1
  • Michele Sabino
    Third Sector Services
    Class XXVII
  • Kevin Foyle
    VP for Development & Public Affairs
    Class XLIX
  • John Johnson
    Johnson & Lindley LLC
    Class XI
  • Sharon Owens
    Retired- Vice President Corporate Community Relations
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class IX
  • Charles Cook
    Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs
    Austin Community College
    Education Class 1
  • Mike Falick
    Rothfelder and Falick LLP
    Education Class 1
  • Roderick Paige
    US Secretary of Education
    Class IX
  • David Legge
    Pinnacle Media Ltd.
    Class I
  • Herbert Karpicke
    Class XVI
  • Peter Chang
    ECP Center of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • Julie Waters
    Executive Director and Founder
    Free the Captives Houston
    Class XLI
  • Nancy Sims
    Senior Vice President
    Pierpont Communications, Inc.
    Class XXIX
  • Michele Leal
    EnFocus Strategies
    Class XLIX
  • Donald McAdams
    Founder & Chairman
    Center for Reform of School Systems
    Class XV
  • Norma Benzon
    Class XIX
  • Howard Tellepsen
    Tellepsen Corporation
    Class XIV
  • Robert McPherson
    Dean, College of Education
    University of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Dave Watson
    Retired - Scientist Nat'l Space Biomed Research Inst.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Anne Clutterbuck
    Chair of the Board of Trustees
    Harris Health System
    Class XLVII
  • Alfred Leal
    Retired - Attorney at Law
    Leal & Associates
    Class XII
  • Susan Harris
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Sheroo Mukhtiar
    CEO/Executive Director
    SER Jobs
    Class XLVIII
  • Bill Boyar
    Founding Shareholder
    Class XXVIII
  • Karen Niemeier
    Executive Director, Research Administration
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Community Development Class 1
  • Michele Hedges
    Senior Counsel
    Omega Protein, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Robert Gee
    Gee Strategies Group, LLC
    Class IX
  • Martin Cominsky
    President and CEO
    Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
    Class XXV
  • Ellen DeSanctis
    Vice President Investor Relations and Communications
    Class XXIV
  • Jan Kish
    Real Estate Consultant
    Re/Max Top Realty/Tiger Team
    Class XII
  • Juan Munoz
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Class XLVIII
  • Anne Whitlock
    Executive Director
    Connect Community
    Class XLII
  • Alexander Green
    U S House of Representatives
    Class VI
  • Tony Diaz
    Director of Intercultural Initiatives
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Class XXV
  • Olivia Dear
    Dear Healthcare Consulting
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Roy Walter
    Rabbi Emeritus
    Congregation Emanu El
    Class II

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