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...

Ambiguity as An Opportunity

(Guest blogger Marcela Davison Aviles, Classic Class XXII) The year I completed the ALF Senior Fellows program (Class XXII) my Mother died. That year, the ambiguity which was Mom’s chronic illness resolved at a picnic, when she sat too hard on a park bench and broke...

Power (Bars) to the People

“Choosing to be accountable for the whole, creating a context of hospitality and collective possibility, acting to bring the gifts of those on the margin into the center – these are some of the ways we begin to create a community of citizens.” – Peter...

What Color are Your Shoes?

Suzanne St. John-Crane (Class XXV / Urbanism XXXIV) In preparing for my next big adventure as the CEO of American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, I scheduled time off to begin the great letting go of the old and embracing of the new. Cue deep breath… I cleared the...