Overview & Mission

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The American Leadership Forum (ALF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve the common good.  We do this through a yearlong Fellows Program in which leaders can engage in dialogue, explore differences, and build relationships.  ALF strengthens Fellows’ capacity to address public issues collaboratively and builds a strong leadership network to work for positive change in our community.

ALF was founded in 1980 to create a regional network of diverse senior-level leaders across private, public and nonprofit sectors. ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows now number more than 4,500 nationwide. In Houston, they have created a network that brings together a broad cross-section of leaders committed to building a stronger community. They use collaborative leadership skills to identify and deal with complex regional issues, model servant leadership, and create opportunities to work together in ways that make a significant difference to Houston and its surrounding communities.

 ALF Core Values: 

  • Primacy of relationship
  • Appreciation, exploration and inclusion of diversity
  • Dialogue and Collaboration
  • Service to the common good
  • Inner reflection and personal growth

ALF Cornerstones:

These Core Values lead to a curriculum based on the following “Cornerstones:”

  • Building trust and networks among diverse leaders
  • Motivating leaders to be catalysts for positive community change
  • Strengthening capacities for community change
  • Exploring the interconnectedness of communities within a region
  • Exploring and enriching personal values
  • Understanding and empowering self and others
  • Exploring, understanding, and valuing diversity
  • Inspiring leaders to a lifetime of active public engagement
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