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Important Update

The American Leadership Forum is aligned with the leaders of the City of Houston, Harris County and public health officials and is therefore postponing all ALF gatherings indefinitely to mitigate the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have made this decision because we believe this is the right thing to do and to support our community. We appreciate your understanding.
At this point, we will be rescheduling the 2020 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner for later in the year.  We will provide updates regularly and encourage you to check the ALF homepage for the most current information.
As community leaders, we have an opportunity to help one another and to support the community during these uncertain times. As Houstonians, we have seen the bonds of our shared humanity transcend all else. We have demonstrated that we are capable of greatness when we put aside differences and reach out to collaborate.
Joseph Jaworski created the American Leadership Forum here in Houston to create a platform for us to collaborate and help one another, especially during times like these. This is an opportunity to utilize the power of the relationships in our network to support our community during these challenging times.

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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
  • Kathleen Ownby
    Executive Director
    SPARK School Park Program
    Class XXXVI
  • Remmele J Young

    Class XLIV
  • Carl Matthews
    500 Fortune
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Wanda Fowler
    Wright & Close
    Class XXVI
  • Nory Angel
    Executive Director
    Class XXX
  • Christina Cabral
    Area Retail Sales Manager
    Class XXXVII
  • Sue Page
    Area Superintendent
    Alief ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Barry Mandel
    President & Park Director
    Discovery Green
    Class XX
  • Kenneth Li
    Southwest Realty Group
    Class XLII
  • Elizabeth Shea
    Retired - Chief Marketing & Development Officer
    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
    Class XVIII
  • Bruce Marquis
    Retired- Chief of Police
    Norfolk PD
    Class XV
  • Steve Burkett
    Executive Vice President
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Class XXIV
  • Vanessa Ramirez

    Class XLIII
  • David Page
    Fairview Health Services
    Class XIV
  • Qusai Mahesri
    Managing Director
    Xpediant Solutions
    Class XXXV
  • Tina Paez
    Director of Administrative & Regulatory Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXIV
  • Dwight Boykins
    Council Member District D
    City of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Robert Sanborn
    Children At Risk
    Class XXIX
  • Paul Sanders
    Global Head of Recognition
    International Baccalaureate
    Education Class 3
  • Debra Schmidt
    Retired - Major
    Harris County Sheriff's Office
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Bridget Samuel
    Organizational Development & Change Management Consulting
    VESTEDin Consulting Group, LLC
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Barbara Crews
    Mayor of Galveston
    Class XVII
  • Theola Petteway
    Executive Director
    OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority
    Class XXXI
  • Carol Shattuck
    Retired - President and CEO
    Collaborative for Children
    Class XXIII
  • Beth Quill
    Quill Consulting LLC
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Pedro Alvarez
    Department Chair and George R. Brown Professor of Engineering
    Rice University
    Class XXVI
  • Mustapha Kibirige
    Class XXXIV
  • Kirk Hamilton
    Texas A&M University
    Class XII
  • E.W. Bill Wright III
    First Vice President, Investments
    Raymond James & Associates
    Class I
  • Tyrone Tanner
    Associate Professor
    Prairie View A&M University
    Education Class 3
  • Susan Borches
    Class XIX
  • Cynthia Briggs
    CEO Emeritus
    Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.
    Class XVII
  • Margaret Skidmore
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Class XV
  • Jennifer Waldner
    Chief Sustainability Officer
    Class XLIX
  • Melinda Little
    Director of Government Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Vanessa Gilmore
    United States District Judge
    U.S. Dist. Court -Southern Dist. of TX
    Class XI
  • Al Calloway
    Class VIII
  • Nikki VanHightower
    Retired - Senior Lecturer
    Texas A&M
    Class III
  • Caprice Cosper
    Retired - Director
    Office of Criminal Justice Coordination - Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Christopher Greeley
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Texas Children's Hospital & Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XLIII
  • Alim Adatia
    Outreach Strategists
    Class XLIX
  • George Martinez
    Chief Executive Officer
    Allegiance Bank
    Class XVII
  • Rebecca White
    Former President and CEO
    Houston Area Women's Center
    Class XXIX
  • Annise Parker
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class XVII
  • Dean Quinn
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
    S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.
    Class XXXIII
  • Larry Veselka
    Founding Partner
    Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
    Class VIII

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