Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Event Write-Ups

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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“What is Courage? With Houston Christian University”

November 12th, 2022  “No man is a hero to his valet.” So goes the old saying, indicating in part that public displays of courage are often not what they seem to be. People might think they’re doing something courageous while not actually risking anything. Whatever else courage means, it has to include a response to …

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Forum Social

September 15th, 2022 The Ford Leadership Forum was created to bring the virtues that President Ford displayed during his life to students and young professionals today. With a focus on civic engagement, service, and developing character and competency, the Ford Forum encourages leadership development and networking for students, both with their peers and within the …

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