Steve Ford

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– Pathways Hospice Foundation

About Keynote Speaker Steve 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 eighteen 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 thirty movies including “Contact,” “Armageddon,” “Starship Troopers,” “Black Hawk Down,” and playing Meg Ryan’s boyfriend in “When Harry Met Sally….” Ford also appeared for six years on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” was host of the NBC show “Secret Service,” and has had many guest leads on shows such as “JAG,” “Dr. Quinn,” and “Suddenly Susan.”

Speech Topics

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, at the time controversial) decision to pardon Nixon was the right thing to do and was in the country’s best interest. His leadership with character helped heal a nation and restored confidence in the office of the President of the United States.

President Ford’s son, Steve, talks about what it takes to be a good leader and some of the traits of leadership with character.

Beyond the Limelight: Overcoming the Struggle

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 he 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 shares many historic photos and videos.

Removing the Stigma of Cancer: The ``First Family`` Speaks Out!

Steve Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, speaks with pride about his mother’s courage in her willingness to talk frankly about her breast cancer, a subject only whispered about in the 1970s. “The biggest thing mom did with her candor and transparency was help to start take the stigma off of breast cancer” says Ford. “It was a different world. She was handed a huge task and we are so proud of how she rose to the occasion.”

His mother co-founded the Betty Ford Breast Care Services, including the Betty Ford Diagnostic Breast. Her outspokenness changed how the nation viewed breast cancer and made it appropriate for communities and the nation to be able to openly address them. Mrs. Ford had a mastectomy in 1974 and her openness emphasized early detection of the disease. Ford recalls his parents standing on the White House lawn talking about removing the stigma around breast cancer.

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Steve Ford at Moments of Change 2017

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KEYWORDS: Authenticity, Business of Healthcare, Leadership, Trust, Vision