Education In the Trump Era

By Nancy Poon Lue, Education XXXII Though I now live clear across the country from Washington D.C., I will never forget the years I had the honor of working at the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration.  It was tough work with long hours and...

How has Social Media Changed Civic Engagement?

Andrea Faiss, Chief Operating Officer, ALF Silicon Valley Is social media a virtual public square in which people engage in a free and open exchange of ideas resulting in an improved democratic process? Is social media to blame for the tenor of the presidential campaign or was...

Remember.

Suzanne St. John-Crane, CEO, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, Class XXV / Urbanism XXXIV A couple of weeks ago I was at the ALF National Board Meeting in Houston. A colleague welcomed us into her home for a fabulous dinner and conversation. While our board socialized,...

ALF Continues To Enrich My Life In So Many Ways

Christa Gannon (Class XXV), Founder and CEO, Fresh Lifelines for Youth This time of year as a new ALF class heads to Gold Lake, I find myself reminiscing about my participation in Class XXV.  I remember the feeling of anticipation as we loaded onto the boats to...

A Call to Listen

Suzanne St. John-Crane (Class XXV / Urbanism XXXIV) CEO, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley A few weeks ago I sat on my couch watching history unfold. Love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated to a major political party in our country’s...

ALF Transitions

By Susan Ellenberg (Education XXXII), Senior Director of Community Development, SJSV Chamber of Commerce In her book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife, Barbara Bradley Hagerty identifies three themes as essential to “living richly in one’s middle years”: engage in life with energy, choose...

The Call to Leadership

Jenny Niklaus (Class XXIV), VP of Innovation Networks, ALF Silicon Valley “…May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed. May I have the courage today To live the life that I would...