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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 Former Mayor Bill White, Pastor Mia Wright, Ken Janda and Vern Swisher for leading our dialogue on responding to changes in the social contract caused by shifts in the 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!
Chez ALF 2.0 was a grand 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
  • Steven Halpert
    Juvenile Division Chief
    Harris County Public Defender's Office
    Criminal Justice 5
  • John Spear
    Architect & Realtor/President
    Spear Properties, LLC/Richwood Realty Advisors, LLC.
    Class XVI
  • Gigi Lee
    President
    Asia Houston Network
    Class XXXI
  • Charles Cook
    Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs
    Austin Community College
    Education Class 1
  • Samuel Jacobson
    Supervisor, Office Services
    Deloitte
    Class XLV
  • Randy Petersen
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bank
    Class XXXIII
  • Melanie Lawson
    News Anchor/Reporter
    KTRK-TV/ABC-13; DISNEY/ABC
    Class VI
  • Mary Margaret Hansen
    Artist/Writer/Public Art Consultant
    Class XVII
  • Minerva Perez
    President & CEO
    Minerva Perez Media, LLC
    Class XXXI
  • Sherman Lewis
    Founder/CEO
    Lewis Group
    Class XXX
  • Julia Guajardo Barrow
    VP Operations
    Camelot Education
    Education Class 3
  • Kofi Burney
    Deputy Chief Information Officer
    NASA
    Class XXXII
  • Katharine Lord
    Retired - Executive Director
    Bayou Preservation Association
    Class XVI
  • Michael Burke
    Founder & Chairman
    San Antonio Clean Technology Forum
    Class III
  • William Neuhaus
    Principal
    Studio RED Architects
    Class IV
  • Roberto Trevino
    Executive VP, Planning, Engineering & Construction
    METRO
    Class XXXVIII
  • Rodney Watson
    Superintendent of Schools
    Spring ISD
    Class XLIII
  • Carra Moroni

    Community Development Class 2
  • Rayanne Darensbourg
    Chief Operating Officer
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Community Development Class 1
  • Vivian King
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Vivian King Law Group
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Terrylin Neale
    President
    University of Houston Foundation
    Class I
  • William Taylor
    President & CEO
    The Council on Recovery
    Class XXIX
  • Bridgette Murray
    President
    Pleasantville Area Super Neighborhood Council
    Community Development Class 1
  • Miguel Hernandez
    Refinery Maintenance Field Execution Supervisor
    Shell Oil Products Company, LLC
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Chris Tritico
    Attorney at Law
    Tritico, Rainey, PLLC
    Class XXXIII
  • Susan Kiley

    Medical Community Class 4
  • Gary Brock
    Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
    Fondren Orthopedic Group
    Class XXVI
  • Patricia Gail Bray
    Vice President of Research
    Episcopal Health Foundation
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Jim Drew
    Senior Vice President
    Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc.
    Class XXIII
  • Mark Thiele
    Sr. Vice President
    Houston Housing Authority
    Community Development Class 2
  • Terence Cheng
    CEO/President
    TRW Engineers, Inc. dba TSC Engineering
    Class XV
  • Carolyn Nichol
    Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement
    Rice University
    Education Class 4
  • Ann Stern
    President and CEO
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Bridget Samuel
    Organizational Effectiveness Officer
    Episcopal Health Foundation
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Claude Toland
    Director of Education
    Universal Technical Institute
    Education Class 3
  • Rebecca Lunstroth
    Associate Director/Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
    McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics UTHSC
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Cindy Garcia
    Attorney
    The Law Office of Cindy Garcia
    Class XI
  • Michael Love
    Assistant Superintendent- Career Readiness
    HISD
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Jack Webb
    Honorary Consul General of Ghana
    Class VII
  • John Brittain
    Professor of Law
    UDC School of Law
    Class XIX
  • Shehzaad Ali
    Director of School Director Leadership
    YESprep
    Class XXXIX
  • Vanessa Ramirez
    Chief Operating Officer
    SER Jobs for Progress
    Class XLIII
  • Roderick Paige
    Former
    US Secretary of Education
    Class IX
  • Vanessa Wodehouse
    Owner
    Big Blue Whale Toys & Curiosities
    Class XXIX
  • Kimberly Monday
    Physician
    Houston Neurologic Institute
    Class XLVI
  • Sara Youngdahl
    Managing Partner
    The Youngdahl Law Firm
    Class XLIV
  • Lida Woodul
    Retired - Board Member
    Cy-Fair ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Imogen Papadopoulos
    Attorney at Law
    Law Offices of I. Papdopoulos
    Class XIV
  • Cynthia Colbert
    President
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XXXVI

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