SPEAKING FEE RANGE ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
BOOK STEVE FORD
SPEAKING FEE RANGE*
$5,000 to $10,000
Book Steve Ford
- Hollywood veteran with over 20 years of experience acting in such iconic films as Armageddon and When Harry Met Sally.
- Son of President Gerald Ford, Steve Ford embarked on life as a cowboy at age 18 – with a 10-man Secret Service escort.
- Prolific and admired youth speaker, sharing a message of overcoming temptations, his own struggle with alcohol addiction and living life with integrity.
- Talented storyteller with an eye for the humor in his unique life experiences.
Steve Ford left Washington, D.C. as a teenager to pursue his dreams of the American West. From work as a cowboy to a highly successful acting career, Ford “made it” in some of our nation’s most romantic careers, but he also “made it” successfully past obstacles ranging from alcohol addiction to the rather unconventional trouble of riding the range with the help of ten Secret Service agents. Steve Ford, you see, is also the son of former President Gerald Ford.
Ford was a teenager when President Richard Nixon resigned and his family found themselves in the unexpected position of living in the White House. At 18, he left the East to pursue his dream of becoming a cowboy. Unfortunately, as his father was still president, he left accompanied by a Secret Service detail. Ford went on to enjoy a 20-year career as a successful Hollywood actor, appearing in over 30 movies including Contact, Armageddon, Starship Troopers, Eraser, Heat, and When Harry Met Sally. Ford also did television work, including a six-year stint on the Emmy-Award winning soap opera The Young and the Restless, the NBC program Secret Service, and guest appearances on shows such as JAG; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; and Suddenly Susan.
Ford’s unusual journey toward adulthood has equipped him with unique insight into the temptations young people face. One of his most fulfilling roles has been traveling the country to speak with students about the experiences that led to his alcoholism – and the tools and decisions that helped him regain a life of integrity and sobriety.
A sojourn in the White House, time on the range, and two decades in Hollywood left Ford with more than a few stories to tell. He enjoys sharing inspiring accounts of how his family coped with mother Betty Ford’s breast cancer and alcoholism, the aftermath of his father’s pardon of Richard Nixon, life in Hollywood behind the scenes – and even of those ten Secret Service agents he transformed into buckaroos.
LOVED working with Steve Ford! He was so professional yet personable. His stories of the White House were entertaining to all and his tie in with Hospice was just the perfect way to wrap things up. Great guy!
Providence Hospice & Home Care Foundation(Event booked by Speaking.com)
Steve Ford connected with the audience. He was the highlight of the conference. People are still talking about his presentation. I know other conference planners will be seeking out his services.
International Association of Peer Supporters
(Event booked by Speaking.com)
Your ability to captivate an audience is truly an exceptional gift. We have received rave reviews from numerous donors about your presentation. You are clearly very aware of the importance of philanthropy and that donors need to be recognized. They were touched by your message and applaud your efforts to inspire others to express their compassion and concern for those around them. Thank you for helping us make the meeting a huge success.
The Community Hospital Independent Endowment Fund
Steve′s interjection of humor in his talk about integrity, family, and the importance of giving back to the community was a perfect blend of approachability and seriousness. He mingled with donors, talked to everyone, and was very gracious.
Young Leadership Group, The United Way of Central Ohio
Steve is such a genuine person - it was easy for everyone to ′connect′ with him and his powerful message. He does an excellent job of driving home what he has experienced in a way that all ages can relate to.
Thunder Ridge High School
I have observed the positive impact Steve′s presentations have had on the students and staff. Students came to think of Steve as a friend.
High School Counselor
Your message of making the best of yourself and strong values are just the kind of messages young people need to hear. We heard it loud and clear.
High School Student
His talk helped us direct several at-risk students to seek the help they need.
High School Principal
The slide and video images drove your points home. Excellent way to reach students today.
A consummate entertainer, Steve Ford uses wit and humor to gently impart much deeper and more serious truths about life, health, service, and character to his audiences. Embedded in Ford’s stories are the wisdom borne of experience with alcohol addiction, finding oneself in an unfamiliar and often uncomfortable space, and maintaining integrity in an industry often littered with challenges to one’s character.
Ford’s father was the first, and perhaps only, president to accede to the office without being elected to the position. Spiro Agnew’s corruption and the Nixon administration’s Watergate Crisis unexpectedly propelled the Ford family into the White House. As an 18-year-old kid, this change in circumstances posed the first of many challenges Ford has overcome during his colorful and multifaceted life.
Ford combines political stories and tales of Hollywood with his rich experiences educating young people about how to cope with the temptations of drugs and alcohol to forge compelling narratives of triumph, possibility, and encouragement.
GETTING BACK IN THE GAME
One Day At A Time
Steve Ford spent several years living at America′s most famous address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and also 25 years as an actor in Hollywood working on such films as WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, TRANSFORMERS and BLACKHAWK DOWN. Steve will share the lessons he learned as the son of President Gerald R. Ford and also his iconic mother, Betty Ford. How the Ford family dealt with their mother′s bouts with alcoholism and the legacy she left in the treatment community. Steve will also share his own journey to 16 years of sobriety and the tools he uses today.
This session takes you on a wonderful journey of rethinking your life with inspirational stories about your own personal character and daily choices. Within all of these lessons Steve lets you in on the behind the scenes life of a family in the White House and also his life in Hollywood.
Inside The White House and Hollywood: Getting to the Top with Character
During this presentation, Steve Ford will share the tools of his own success in Hollywood as an accomplished actor, and those of his parents, former President Gerald Ford & Betty Ford.
Steve′s presentation will focus 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.
Steve′s unique perspective of life as the President′s son encompasses a broad range of fascinating subjects: being 18 years old and having 10 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 ... his mother′s bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer.
Other Suggested Speaking Topics:
- An Evening with Steve Ford
- Alcoholism: My Story
- Writing The Vision/Script For Your Life With Character
- Inside The White House and Hollywood...Getting To The Top With Character
- Leadership with Character