Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Program
Jul31

Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Program

 Ford Motor Company today announced the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, a $1 million program that honors the company’s former CEO by providing financial assistance to outstanding students pursuing degrees in the field of automotive engineering. “Alan’s engineering background and data-driven decision making paved the way for the extraordinary leadership he provided at Ford,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “We are honoring his legacy by providing scholarships to students who demonstrate the strong engineering ability that is required to develop into the next generation of leaders for our industry.” Mulally joined Ford in September 2006 and served as president, CEO and a board member until his retirement on June 30. He guided the company in bringing everyone together to work on a compelling vision, through a comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation of the One Ford plan to drive profitable growth for all Ford stakeholders. The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship program will award 10 one-time $10,000 scholarships each year to outstanding sophomore or junior engineering students at premier partner universities around the world. The program will run for 10 years starting in spring 2015. Funding for the program will consist of $500,000 from Ford Motor Company and $500,000 from Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm. Ford Fund will manage the program as part of its global Ford Blue Oval Scholars initiative. Scholarship winners will be connected with the company’s corporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) strategic initiative, which is building a new generation of leaders in these key disciplines. Ford will work directly with its partner universities to identify scholarship recipients. Ford believes education is the cornerstone for a brighter future. This has been a primary focus of Ford Fund since it was established in 1949. Last year, Ford Fund contributed $8.5 million – more than 30 percent of its annual giving – to education programs....

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Community Networker Hosts #MujeresLegendarias @FordEspanol Event!
Apr10

Community Networker Hosts #MujeresLegendarias @FordEspanol Event!

 Ford recognizes the achievements of Latina women with Mujeres Legendarias campaign and I am honored and excited to be a part of the extraordinary group of women selected.  Last year Mujer Legendaria Maria Antonietta Hernandez, Founder of Community Networker celebrating her thriving small business company 4th Anniversary with a fabulous Breakfast Networking event, will host Miami Ford’s Mujeres Legendarias celebration. The guests will get to meet the four Miami Mujeres Legendarias while they are treated to guest speaker Albert Collazo, Director of Ford Multicultural Communications and myself discussing social networks and its impact on business. Ford Mujeres Legendarias celebration will take place from 8:30am to 11:30am at Taste of Style in Doral, Florida. The 20 legendary women chosen represent the 22 million exceptional Latinas in the U.S. that are making a difference in the workplace, their homes, the environment and the community. “Ford is honored to honor these 20 Latina women that have made significant contributions in the Hispanic community,” shared Alvaro Cabal, Director of Multicultural Relations for Ford. Leadership: entrepreneurs, CEO’s, small business owners or directors of non-profit organizations. Lynn Ponder (Miami) Patsi Arias (New York) Linda Valdez Thompson (Dallas) Yolanda Navarro Black (Houston) Noramay Cadena (Los Angeles) Super Mom: a role model to her family that encourages other parents with her knowledge and experience, in person or online. Mila Ferrer (Miami) Johanna Torres (New  York) Beatriz Salazar (Dallas) Nelly Fraga (Houston) Ana Flores (Los Angeles) Eco Latina: brings about positive change on the topic of environmental issues and works to protect the public from environmental hazards. Veronica Mendieta (Miami) Jacqueline Montoya (New  York) Zaida Basora (Dallas) Nory Angel with SER (Houston) Lizza Monet Morales (Los Angeles) Community Advocate: works to influence public policy in social, economic, political, and cultural spheres. Organizes a group around a cause and work to implement changes that have a lasting and positive effect. Estrellia Sibila (Miami) Fary DeLeon (New York) Becky Munoz Diaz (Dallas) Maria Jimenez  (Houston) Angelica Urquijo (Los Angeles) “Women are at the forefront of change that’s contributing significantly to an increase in their progress and power” said Sheryl Connelly, Ford’s global trend manager. As the world changes, women obviously change with it, Connelly notes. “Every day, the world is changing and women play a key role in the shifts that are occurring. To view Ford’s Mujeres Legendarias photo galleries and read the biographies visit www.facebook.com/fordenespanol  ...

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Orgullosa de Ser Una Mujer Legendaria de @FordEspañol
Mar12

Orgullosa de Ser Una Mujer Legendaria de @FordEspañol

 Ford reconoce los logros de las mujeres Latinas con su campaña Mujeres Legendarias de Ford y me siento honrada de haber sido seleccionada como una. Las Mujeres Legendarias personifican los cuatro pilares de la marca Ford: inteligencia, eficiencia, ecológico y seguro. Ford Motor Company tiene una larga historia de reconocer los logros de las mujeres en nuestra sociedad. Aunque la mayoría de la gente la conoce como la esposa de Henry Ford, Clara Bryant Ford fue una filántropa y líder de la comunidad en su derecho propio y una figura clave en el largo historial de las mujeres influyentes. Las mujeres homenajeadas representamos a las 22 millones de Latinas excepcionales en los EE.UU. que están haciendo una diferencia en el lugar de trabajo, sus hogares, el medio ambiente y la comunidad. Inteligente (Smart): empresarias, ejecutivas, dueñas de pequeños negocios o directoras de organizaciones sin fines de lucro: Lynn Ponder (Miami) Fary De León (New York) Linda Valdez Thompson (Dallas) Yolanda Navarro Black (Houston) Noramay Cadena (Los Angeles) Eficiente (Quality): una modelo de conducta para su familia y la comunidad, que alienta a otros padres en persona o en línea con sus experiencias y conocimientos. Mila Ferrer (Miami) Johanna Torres (Nueva York) Beatriz Salazar (Dallas) Nelly Fraga (Houston) Ana Flores (Los Angeles) Verde (Green): establece un cambio positivo con relación a los problemas ambientales y trabaja para educar y proteger al público de los peligros ambientales. Verónica Mendieta (Miami) Jacqueline Montoya (Nueva York) Zaida Basora (Dallas) Nory Angel with SER (Houston) Lizza Monet Morales (Los Angeles) Seguro (Safe): influencia la política pública en temas sociales, económicos y culturales. Organiza grupos en torno a una causa y trabaja para implementar los cambios que tienen efectos positivos y duraderos. Estrellita Sibila (Miami) Patsi Arias (Nueva York) Becky Muñoz Dias (Dallas) María Jiménez  (Houston) Angélica Urquijo (Los Angeles) El 8 de abril, el día siguiente de mi cumple, será el homenaje a las Mujeres Legendarias de Ford en Miami…que emoción! Thank you so much Ford Motor Company for this recognition wepa!  ...

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The Highlight Of My 2013 Summer
Sep23

The Highlight Of My 2013 Summer

 By Linda Ponder: I think I am correct to believe that for most of us, one of life’s sweetest memories are those spent with the people you love, family and friends. I have been divorced for 7 years. My wonderful son who is now 16 years old had always lived with me, but my son, his father and I, decided that for a season my son was to go live with his Dad who is located in the opposite side from where I live in Florida. My son has been flying down to Miami to see me for the past several months, but he is now playing football at school and told me that he would not be able to come down to see me over the summer because he would be training the entire summer. I was crushed for a moment, cause you see, I love to pamper my son by cooking his favorite dishes, singing together and racing our Traxxas which are the fastest and most fun radio control cars. I thought to myself, how am I going to cook without my pressure cooker, sing without our guitars and do the car racing without our cars? Well, I could take everything with me, but on the plane? Certainly not! My car has over 125,000 miles so there was no way I would feel safe driving all those miles. My Son in the Ford Escape: The answer to all my questions was our social media collaboration and relationship we have with the amazing Ford Motor Company. They loaned me a Ford Escape 2013 to test drive and you have no idea how cool this was for us. With the HAND-FREE LIFTGATE, I was able to easily accommodate all I needed for a fun vacation. With the SYNC, I was able to listen to an audible book I had wanted to listen for the longest time, which was great company on this 10 hour drive. And to put the icing on the cake, the ECOBOOST FOUR-CYLINDER saved me money on fuel which meant I would have extra “dinerito” to spend with my son ☺ Special memorable family times: I must say that when a company cares this much about people to extend a hand and make a difference in their life so they could spend time together, they deserve to be as successful as Ford Motor Company has been for the past 150 years. Thank you so much Ford Motor Company, my family and I will never forget that you made it possible and without a doubt it was the best time and without question, an unforgettable 2013 Summer...

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