Join us for a very special evening with Randall Morton, founder of The Progressive Forum.


After a hiatus of three years, The Progressive Forum is reopening in the fall of 2017. We are honored to have Randall Morton join us to hear the future plans for TPF and to also hear the first live announcement of TPF’s fall speaker.

History of The Progressive Forum from their website:

The Progressive Forum premiered on June 13, 2005, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Houston Mayor Bill White at The Hobby Center, Sarofim Hall, in a program called, “Our Environmental Challenges.” The year before, in June 2004, founder Randall Morton saw Robert Kennedy on Larry King Live and called one of Houston’s fine speaker organizations and suggested they present Kennedy but nothing came of it. Dismayed about national trends after the elections of November 2004, he called Kennedy’s representatives who were responsive to Kennedy appearing at a new speaker series. Morton had experience creating and hosting another speaker series which became the largest in the oil industry, The Oilfield Breakfast Forum. He also had 32 years of marketing experience operating his own advertising and public relations agency, Randall Morton International, Inc. The success of the Kennedy-White event demonstrated that The Progressive Forum had a viable business model. Six months later, the Forum opened its first spring season in 2006 with Jared Diamond, Seymour Hersh, and Molly Ivins. Al Gore appeared June 7th in a sell-out event launching An Inconvenient Truth at The Progressive Forum, his first U.S. book event for that title. That first year, The Progressive Forum presented seven events which also included George Soros, Edward O. Wilson, and Frank Rich in the fall.

The Progressive Forum produced a special closing event on April 21, 2014, to focus on the most important issue for the success of life, climate change, featuring Bill McKibben, founder of After producing 48 events over nine years, founder Randall Morton retired from TPF to move on to other projects. As a legacy gift to the community, TPF left a website with timeless wisdom, featuring a comprehensive page on all past speakers with videos, biographical sketches, reading lists, and news updates.

For more information on The Progressive Forum, please visit

Date/Time: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Location: Theo’s Restaurant – 812 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006

We’ve made special arrangements for this event with a buffet meal, at Theo’s Restaurant, in the Upstairs Event Room.

RSVP is required, as space is limited. Cost per person is $25, which includes a buffet meal, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Theo’s is now BYOB so feel free to bring your favorite libation.

Please RSVP to or (832) 423-4038, and provide names of those within your party.

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Bellaire, TX 77401-2814

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