Actor & Son of President Gerald Ford
The son of former President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, Steve Ford has successfully negotiated the bumpy road from the White House to a successful 20-year career as an actor in Hollywood. A teenager when his father assumed the reins of the presidency from Richard Nixon, Ford left the White House at age 18 to pursue his dream of being a cowboy on cattle ranches out West, followed closely by his ten secret service agents. Read More >
During this presentation, speaker Steve Ford will share the tools that led his parents, former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, to success in the White House as well as his own success in Hollywood as an accomplished actor.
He focuses on such issues as leadership, overcoming adversity, the value of a strong family unit, living with values and character, setting and juggling priorities, and making the right choices in life. His unique position as the President's son provides him a unique perspective in relating a broad range of experiences, such as being 18 years old and having ten Secret Service agents as constant companions, his father's leadership in taking over the reins of the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon, two assassination attempts on his father's life, and his mother's bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer.
As a motivational speaker, Steve Ford has entertained and inspired audiences with anecdotes of how his famous family dealt with his mother’s battles with alcoholism and breast cancer and how he overcame his own struggles with the bottle. He talks about the high price he paid for bad choices involving drugs and alcohol, the early habits he formed that led to his addiction, and his road to recovery. He will share many historic and never-before-seen photos, slides, and videos.
What makes a great leader? History shows that those who have sought service over self interest in times of indecision, turmoil, and crisis are regarded as true leaders.
On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States when President Richard Nixon resigned his office in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal. Today, most historians and political observers agree that President Ford’s difficult and controversial decision to pardon Nixon was the right thing to do and was in the country’s best interest. By leading with character, he helped heal a nation and restored confidence in the office of the President of the United States.
In this presentation, President Ford’s son, speaker Steve Ford, talks about what it takes to be a good leader and lead with character.
"Your luncheon keynote was a huge hit with our members. The Leadership with Character breakout sessions you presented to both our members and our student group were excellent. The style and humor with which you delivered your message was perfect for both groups."
"Steve is the best there is! There is no way you can put a price on perfection, but I can guarantee that you will receive a gift to be treasured and you will hear only great comments from each and every person that is fortunate enough to be in attendance If you are planning an event and want it to be a success, you must use Steve Ford."
"Sharing your personal life stories, the challenges you faced, and the obstacles you had to overcome was both powerful and poignant. The evaluations of those in attendance were the highest rated of any speaker in recent history."
"There was universal agreement among the 650 attendees that you were the best speaker ever in the 19-year history of the fundraising breakfast."
"Your stories, humor, and presentation were right on target in delivering the message about the importance of character in challenging and difficult times. Our conference attendees came away enthused and thoughtful."
"Steve Ford [delivered] a message that resonated with my audience. A consummate professional thru the entire process, he would be well received by ANY audience."