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. He later went on to a successful acting career, appearing in over 30 movies including “Contact” with Jodie Foster, “Armageddon” with Bruce Willis, “Starship Troopers,” “Eraser” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Heat” with Al Pacino, “Carrie II,” “Young Doctors in Love,” and “When Harry Met Sally” as Meg Ryan’s boyfriend. Ford also appeared for six years on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” hosted the NBC show “Secret Service,” and has had many guest leads on shows such as “JAG”; “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”; and “Suddenly Susan.”
One of Ford's most rewarding roles has been that of student motivational speaker. Taking time off from his Hollywood career, he began traveling across the country to urge students to empower themselves against harmful influences. He walks students through the early habits he formed during his middle school, high school, and college years that led to his alcohol addiction and he shares tools and actionable tasks that led him to regain a life of personal integrity.
A highly sought-after motivational speaker, Ford speaks nationally for corporate events, relating his inspiring experiences during his family's stay in the White House and his years in Hollywood. He shares a broad range of inspirational stories, including how the family dealt with Betty Ford's battles with alcoholism and breast cancer, his own successful fight in overcoming alcoholism, and the Nixon Pardon. He also offers humorous anecdotes regarding his ten secret service agents and provides firsthand details about life on the set of some of Hollywood's biggest movies.
Steve Ford served three years on the board of directors of The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and currently serves on the board for The President Gerald R. Ford Museum.
Inside the White House & Hollywood: Getting to the Top with Character
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.
Beyond the Limelight: Overcoming the Struggle
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.
Leadership with Character
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.