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The 2018 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was a huge success!
35 Years of Celebrating Leadership
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

Thank you to young social activists Dieter Cantu, Lila Mankad, Daniel Cohen, and Cesar Espinosa, for joining ALF to share how they are organizing and engaging others around the issues they are passionate about. And thank you to Julie Waters who moderated the dialogue.

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
  • Cynthia Siegel
    CPA
    Former Mayor/City of Bellaire
    Class XXVIII
  • Michelle Paul
    Executive Director
    Capital Idea Houston
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Jacqueline Martin
    Principal
    JS Martin Associates LP
    Class XVI
  • Elda Ramirez
    Associate Professor
    UT Health Science Center
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Lan Bentsen
    President
    Shape Up Houston
    Class III
  • Mandi Kimball
    Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs
    Children at Risk
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Debra Mayfield
    Judge, 190th District Court
    Harris County
    Class XLV
  • Tommy Brooks
    Senior Associate
    Wealth Development Strategies LLC
    Class XXIII
  • Carol Shattuck
    President and CEO
    Collaborative for Children
    Class XXIII
  • Steven Halpert
    Juvenile Division Chief
    Harris County Public Defender's Office
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Abel Davila

    Class XXI
  • Zelma Branch
    Member
    Harris County Appraisal Review Board
    Class XI
  • James Leslie
    Chaplain
    Marketplace Chaplains
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Omar Reid
    Senior Vice President Human Resources
    Harris Health System
    Class XXXI
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health McGovern Center
    Class XXIX
  • Chree Boydstun
    Chief Development Officer
    Legacy Community Health
    Class XXVIII
  • Raj Mankad
    Editor
    Cite Magazine
    Community Development Class 2
  • Jim Mills
    Partner/COO
    Cherry Pie Hospitality, Inc.
    Class XXX
  • Dee Koch
    Grant Officer
    George Foundation
    Class XVIII
  • Emily Todd

    Class XXIV
  • Steve Rosencranz
    Retired Founder
    The Woods Project, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Luz Flores
    Executive Director
    AVANCE-Houston, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Melanie Gray
    Partner
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVI
  • Gail Williford
    Retired-Part-Time Minister of Spiritual Formation & Discipleship
    St. Paul's UMC
    Class IX
  • Adriana Tamez
    Education Administration-Raul Yzaguirre School of Success
    HCC Trustee Dist. 3
    Class XXXVI
  • Roderick Paige
    Former
    US Secretary of Education
    Class IX
  • William Taylor
    President & CEO
    The Council on Recovery
    Class XXIX
  • Scott Strang
    Chief Operating Officer
    MHMRA
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Laurence Payne
    President & CEO
    The Educational Excellence Resource Group, LLC
    Class XI
  • Manson Johnson
    Shepherd - Teacher
    Holman Street Baptist Church
    Class XI
  • Lidya Osadchey
    Owner and Principal
    Kushner Advisors, LLC
    Class XXXVII
  • William Bryant
    Senior Staff Analyst, Special Asst. to the Director
    Houston Health Department
    Class XLVI
  • Gwen Sims
    Division Director, Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention
    Harris County Public Health
    Class XLVI
  • Robert Gee
    President
    Gee Strategies Group, LLC
    Class IX
  • M.A. Toni Moreno
    Vice President
    MDR CFO's Inc.
    Class XXIV
  • Sophia Smith
    Payload Software Engineering & Integration
    NASA
    Class XXXIV
  • Debra Danburg
    Former Attorney and State Representative
    Class XIV
  • Stephen Fraga
    President
    Tejas Office Products, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Tina Peterman
    Director
    FirstSouthwest, a Division of Hilltop Securities Inc.
    Class XXXVI
  • Ernest Lewis
    Director of Development and Marketing
    Interfaith CarePartners (dba CarePartners)
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Sara Speer Selber
    Principal
    The Project Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • Stephen Williams
    Executive Director
    Houston Department of Health & Human Services
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Robert Ivany
    President Emeritus
    University of St. Thomas
    Class XXV
  • L. James Bankston
    Retired - Senior Minister
    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    Class XXVI
  • Ana Hernandez
    State Representative - District 143
    Texas House of Representatives
    Class XXXVII
  • Gregory Armstrong
    President/CEO
    WEDGE Group
    Class XXXII
  • Rosie Zamora
    Retired
    Houston Wilderness
    Class VII

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