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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Wesley Wright, Cindy Hartman, Ann Hollingsworth and Victoria Bryant for leading our dialogue-- Prepare to Care--Managing the Healthcare of Aging Family Members.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
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American Leadership Forum

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
  • Nicole Hare-Everline
    Wellness Director
    City of Houston
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Rahul Mehta
    Mehta Family Foundation
    Class XLVI
  • George Martinez
    Chief Executive Officer
    Allegiance Bank
    Class XVII
  • Cheryl Thompson-Draper
    Cypress Pony Land Co. & T Bar D Ventures
    Class XIX
  • Charlene Slack
    Executive Director
    Wayne Duddlesten Foundation
    Community Development Class 2
  • Robert Corder
    Principal & Partner
    The Dini Partners
    Class X
  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith Construction Inspection, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Bakeyah Nelson
    Executive Director
    Air Alliance Houston
    Class XLVI
  • Derrick Mitchell
    Holland & Knight LLP
    Class XXXIV
  • Diane Lipton
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston Maritime Museum
    Education Class 1
  • Grace Butler
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    Class XII
  • Audrey Trotti
    Founder and President
    Watershed Market
    Class XXXIII
  • Argentina James
    President & CEO
    Hill Day Public Relations
    Class XXI
  • Joseph Allen
    Class VII
  • Edna Forte
    Equilibrity Educational Services
    Education Class 2
  • Rebecca Goosen
    Associate Vice Chancellor for College Preparatory
    San Jacinto College
    Education Class 2
  • Omer Ilahi
    Orthopedic Surgeon
    SouthWest Orthopedic Group
    Class XXXVIII
  • Catherine Mosbacher
    Class XIV
  • Orfelina Garza
    Houston Community College System - Southwest
    Class XXIV
  • Les Cave
    CHRISTUS Foundation for Health Care
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Jeffrey Powell
    Wells Fargo Government & Institutional Banking
    Class XLII
  • Gasper Mir
    Retired - Principal
    MFR Group
    Class IX
  • Benjamin Samuels

    Samuels Family Foundation
    Class XXI
  • Janette Cosley
    Executive Director
    The Ensemble Theatre
    Class XXVIII
  • M.A. Toni Moreno
    Vice President
    MDR CFO's Inc.
    Class XXIV
  • Patrice McKinney
    Lanier Law Firm
    Class XXXVI
  • John Farrell
    Midvale Enterprises and Farrell Executive Coaching and Consulting
    Class XXX
  • Omar Reid
    Senior Vice President Human Resources
    Harris Health System
    Class XXXI
  • Anthony Tam Pham
    Catholic Priest/Physician
    Espiritus Spine & Pain
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Kelly Young

    Class XLVI
  • Tim Schauer
    Senior Vice President
    Cornerstone Government Affairs
    Class XLI
  • Sallie Rawlings
    Class XVII
  • Andrea Caracostis
    Chief Executive Officer
    HOPE Clinic
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Cris Daskevich
    CEO /SVP
    Children's Hospital of San Antonio / Maternal&Child Services for CHRISTUS Health
    Class XXXVI
  • Laurie Bricker
    Consulting & Strategies
    Class XVI
  • Reagan Flowers
    CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Inc.
    Education Class 1
  • Debra Stewart
    Retired-Manager, Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXXVI
  • Teresa Harris
    Financial Advisor
    Morgan Stanley
    Class XXXIV
  • Giselle Easton
    Sanchez Charter Principal
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Vanessa Wodehouse
    Big Blue Whale Toys & Curiosities
    Class XXIX
  • Maria Quintero-Conk
    IDD Authority Psychologist
    Tri-County Services
    Medical Community Class 3
  • William Dudley
    Director Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Marie Goradia
    Board Member, Pratham USA and Director
    Goradia Family Office
    Class XXXVI
  • John Wilson
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
    Baylor University
    Education Class 2
  • Jack Blanton
    JEM Management Co & Nicklos Drilling Company
    Class XIII
  • Ryane Jackson
    Director, Community Development and Global Education & Training
    Houston Methodist
    Community Development Class 2
  • Patrick Kiley
    Kiley Advisors LLC
    Class XIV

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