Through its Fellows Program, American Leadership Forum brings together demonstrated leaders to explore processes of collaborative leadership that can strengthen their capacity to address public issues in Silicon Valley. Each year, a new class of up to 25 Fellows joins ALF. Classes are comprised of leaders from multiple sectors with various backgrounds and interests. The program centers on the premise that good leadership requires a sense of civic responsibility, a positive vision, and the ability to foster a climate of trust and open dialogue among diverse constituencies, along with collaborative problem-solving skills.
Through completion of the Fellows Program, participants become part of a dynamic leadership network. This network is bound together by a shared belief that networked servant leaders have the obligation and ability to cultivate Silicon Valley's capacity for positive change.
Senior Fellow Testimonials
Mark Bauhaus, Class XX
Executive Vice President / General Manager, Service Layer Technology - Business Group, Juniper Systems:
"The ALF journey introduced me to impressive new colleagues who share my passion for the common good, offered me new tools for mobilizing diversity into action, and gave me new possibilities for giving back to our community. My ALF fellowship offered an experience and group of people that cannot be found elsewhere. To others I say: the "gift" of being chosen for an ALF fellowship is priceless."
Eric Benhamou, Class VIII
Chairman and CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC, Former Chairman, 3Com, PalmOne and PalmSource:
"The opportunity to develop deep and meaningful relationships with other community leaders, and to renew a deep and meaningful relationship with oneself are rare indeed. ALF brings together these ingredients in a unique combination, which serves as a foundation for personal growth and for a new form of community leadership."
Lata Krishnan, Class X
President, American India Foundation:
"ALF actively seeks to support collaborative leadership efforts in diverse communities that leverage strength and provide long-term sustainability."
Ronnie Lott, Class XII
Managing Partner, HRJ Capital & NFL Hall of Famer:
"The ALF experience has meant an invaluable new network of relationships, putting me in touch with what's being accomplished in the community, and giving me a more effective way to support those efforts."
Sally Osberg, Class I
President and CEO, The Skoll Foundation:
"We learned, and then relearned, and finally understood what it was to be a fully aligned team. We were able to take that knowledge, and the process of getting there, back to our organizations and community."
Joe Simitian, Class X
Senator, California State Senate:
"ALF is helping redefine and renew cross-sector civic engagement among leaders in Silicon Valley."