ALF is passionately committed to building diverse networks of leaders focused on personal and community transformation in order to create inclusive and thriving communities.
The American Leadership Forum (ALF) was founded in 1980 by Joseph Jaworski, who left his successful law practice to address what he increasingly saw as a crisis of leadership taking place throughout the country. He envisioned an organization dedicated to bringing together diverse leaders from multiple sectors in communities across the country to deeply explore their personal leadership capacity, build deep trust among the group to help each leader to get beyond the devaluing prejudices that we all hold, and to learn how diverse people can coalesce around issues and discover new possibilities.
The founding leadership group included Jaworski and seventeen other prominent Americans including John Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; James MacGregor Burns, Professor Emeritus of Williams College; Warren Bennis, former Professor at University of Southern California and respected author; Tom Bradley, former mayor of Los Angeles; Harlan Cleveland, former ambassador to NATO and President of the World Academy of Art & Science; Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School; and James B. Stockdale, Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Together they created a learning experience destined to change lives and communities.
In 1996, Jaworski published Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership and chronicled the story of the American Leadership Forum and the principles and values ALF embodies. For over 35 years, ALF chapters have trained and empowered leaders who transform their communities by living a leadership model organized around altruism, interdependence, and receptivity.
ALF now has ten chapters: Charlotte and surrounding counties, North Carolina; Great Valley (Northern San Joaquin Valley), California; Houston/Gulf Coast, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Michigan; Mountain Valley (Sacramento and surrounding counties), California; Oregon; Silicon Valley, California; Tacoma/Pierce County, Washington; and Waccamaw Region, South Carolina. We now have more than 4,500 ALF Fellows nationwide who bring a new sense of commitment, understanding, and interconnectedness to their disparate communities. To learn more about our ALF National and affiliated chapters click here.