Earlier this month, Ford’s vice president Engineering and Global Product Development Hau Thai-Tang addressed a packed PDC conference room at the Ford Toastmasters club Open House and Leadership Event in Dearborn as its keynote speaker.
The event began with Master of Ceremonies Roselyn McKay welcoming the standing room only audience consisting of engineers, interested in the topic of leadership and effective communication. Roselyn introduced Steve Dworack, club vice president of Education, who conducted an icebreaker quiz that included door prizes that were hotly contested.
Brian Laskey, the immediate past club president then shared information about Toastmasters International and its mission to help develop better speaking, listening and leadership skills through a systematic hands-on program.
The much anticipated presentation from Ford vice president Hau Thai-Tang, who was introduced by Gurunath Vemulakonda, club vice president, PR, began at noon and included time for Q&A.
In his talk, Thai-Tang shared some principles of leadership and his own personal experiences working at Ford Motor Company that included being data driven and customer focused while at the same time taking risks and asking the right questions.
The Q&A session also was quite extensive with much discussion about leading at a grassroots level. The questions ranged from suggestions for doing a better job getting feedback during a performance review, making management presentations and transitioning from an individual contributor to a team leader.
Thai-Tang also touched on maintaining a lifelong learning mindset and growing by stepping outside one’s comfort zone. He elaborated further with examples from his experience as a chief program engineer and his assignment in Brazil.
In addition Jonathon Popovski, club Treasurer and a recent member of the club, also shared his learning and experiences.
The event concluded with a raffle giveaway for a book written by a local area Toastmaster.
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Ford Motor Company has four clubs in the Dearborn area:
Ford Toastmasters Club -- Meets Thursday, 11:15 AM
Product Development Center Conf Room 1J-D69, Dearborn, MI 48120
Credible Communicators -- Meets Monday, 4:30 PM
Ford Motor Credit Building, Dearborn, MI 48124
Italk Toastmasters -- Meets 1st, 3rd Thursday, 11:30 AM
Ford Itek Building, E1J007, 15555 Lundy Parkway, Italk East, Dearborn, MI 48126
RCB Toastmasters -- Meets 1st, 3rd Wednesday, 11:30 AM
RCB Building, RCB 2S-137, 16900 Executive Plaza Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126
There are also Toastmasters clubs at Ford locations in India, China and Australia.
About Toastmasters International:
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 270,000 members in more than 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.