EVENT ALF to honor two on May 8

The American Leadership Forum- Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter will present the 2013 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award to Bill King and the American Leadership Forum Public Service Award to Dorothy Gibbons at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Wednesday, May 8. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a big board auction, awards program and dinner.

King is currently president of Southwest Airport Services, Inc. and writes a weekly column for the Houston Chronicle. King has enjoyed an extensive business and legal career, most recently retiring as Of Counsel to Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP.  In the early 1990s he was elected to city council and eventually served two terms as mayor of Kemah.

King has served on numerous charitable and community boards, including the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, Galveston Bay Foundation, Interfaith Ministries, Crime Stoppers of Houston, the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Council, Bay Area Houston Economic Partners and the HGAC Transportation Policy Council.

The American Leadership Forum Public Service Award, sponsored by Chevron, will be presented to Dorothy GIbbons, CEO of The Rose, who has led the organization from its grassroots beginning to become one of the most respected breast health organizations in Texas. Gibbons and Dr. Dixie Melillo co-founded The Rose with great dreams and greater determination. Gibbon's passionate advocacy for women, especially those in need, inspired her to create a place that was the first of its kind, a place where every woman could receive quality care regardless of her ability to pay. Today, The Rose provides breast health care to over 33,000 women every year.

Dorothy’s leadership has led to many firsts: She employed patient navigators when no one had heard of that terminology, established a 500+ member strong Physicians Network that provides pro bono care for the uninsured, brought in the first truly portable and business adaptable Mobile Mammography units which now serve a 24 county area in southeast Texas, created the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, received Houston’s first “Fearless Woman” Award in 2011, was the first recipient of the Trekker Award and was awarded her first national honor in 2012 as Yoplait’s Breast Cancer Champion.

 Dorothy’s education began with a bachelor's of arts degree in communications and has extended to embrace studies of omen’s roles in worlds religions, mythology and history.  She currently serves as a board member for the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, the Association of Business Professional Women and Gateway to Care. She is a Senior Fellow, Class XXIX, of the American Leadership Forum.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting operations of the American Leadership Forum, including granting scholarships for fellows from organizations not in a position to pay full tuition. Please contact Celene Keserich at 713- 807-1253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on purchasing tables and tickets.


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