Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Lauren Velting

The Black Intellectual Tradition with Angel Parham

Dr. Angel Adams Parham demonstrates the importance of the Black intellectual tradition in America and how much of its strength comes from its immersion in the great texts of the Western tradition. By drawing on students’ own experiences and placing them in “The Great Conversation,” we deepen their experiences of truth, beauty, and goodness – …

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Restoring Our Communities with Bob Woodson

A Black History Month Event, “Restoring Our Communities: Social Activism and Local Solutions” The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Ford Leadership Forum welcome Robert Woodson of the Woodson Center, along with his associates, to Grand Rapids for a conversation on grassroots solutions to social problems, on how to reduce violence, and how we …

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Planning Your Financial Future

On January 11, 2023, students and young professionals heard from Alexander Velting, a Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual. He demonstrated the importance of planning for both short-term and long-term goals, such as paying down debt, wealth accumulation, and tax efficiency. This event helped to educate taking your financial practices to the next level with planning …

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