Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Welcome to the Gerald R. Ford

Ford Leadership Forum

Honoring the 38th President’s legacy of spirited public service.

"History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion."

~ Gerald R. Ford

38th President of the United States


The Ford Leadership Forum

The Ford Leadership Forum is an initiative of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. We honor the 38th President’s legacy by anchoring leadership in the civic, intellectual, moral, and spiritual virtues. This anchoring is accomplished through:

  • Campus and professional chapters
  • Service opportunities
  • Mentoring programs
  • Essays, articles, and other media
  • Learning seminars and public programs

Fostering Community

Student Mentorship Program

Connecting with America's Future Leaders

Articles and Essays from Our Contributors


A Heartbeat Away from the Presidency

A Wanderer Between Two Worlds

Friendship and Liberal Democracy

Reflection Essays

Whither Tradition

Can Democracy Even Be Threatened?

Presidential Center’s Joint Statement

Our American Heritage

Thoughts on Constitution Day

The Evolution of the Electoral College

The Origins of the Electoral College

The Two Times Gerald Ford Swore in Public

Common Ground? For What?

The Liberal Arts: True Power

Ford Inspired: A Column By Executive Director Gleaves Whitney
Giving Back

Ready To Get Involved?

Become a Ford Fellow

Are you are a student?
A young professional?
Become a Ford Fellow and pursue the common good.

Become a Mentor

Want to invest in future generations?
Become a Ford Mentor and share your wisdom and experience.

Make a Donation

Want to support our programs and contribute to the revitalization of virtue? Consider making a donation.

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