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 DIA Awards: IT Strategy and Portfolio Manager Inspires Others to Own Working Together

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​DEARBORN - Winning the 2013 Global Diversity and Inclusion Award comes as no surprise to Stephen Livingston’s friends and family members. When it comes to fostering a respectful and inclusive environment, Livingston is known as a role model.

Livingston, IT Global Marketing Sales and Service, Business Relationship manager, co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Council for IT.  He has taken on a leadership role in planning all IT events for Take Your Child to Work Day.  For the past three years, he has led the planning team, organized a team across three Ford buildings in Dearborn, Mich., with 63 volunteers, planned events for the day and managed the planning and execution of the day for 350 children.

Livingston coordinated six major activities for the 2012 Cultural Awareness Insights including internal and external speakers who lead presentations: (1) Digital Worker Tools for Connecting, (2) Dealing with Difficult People (by FAAN), (3) Ford GLOBE Lunch-n-Learn (by Dr. Stone), (4) 'Sounds of Success' workshop by Accent Reduction Institute, (5) Excel Challenge - Digital Worker and (6) 'Know Your Potential' by Vijay Patel (Ford Interfaith Network).

Additionally, Livingston coordinated eight Employee Resource Groups’ (ERG) participation in the Global IT Learning Summit (GLITS), as well as organized a cross-functional IT team for the Marketing Sales IT booth.

“Nothing would be possible if it weren’t for the team, said Livingston.  “We are very fortunate to be able to work with such talented, phenomenal people.  It’s all about the relationships that we build with one another,” Livingston said.

Every day for the past 14 years, Livingston has sent daily inspirational and uplifting quotes to his distribution list which has grown steadily to close to 1,000 individuals.

In addition to his extra-curricular activities, he creates an inclusive and collaborative environment with his immediate co-workers in Dearborn, Mich., and team members across the globe.

Livingston demonstrates “Own Working Together” by his leadership of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for IT and the department Pulse team, as well as his effectiveness at bringing diverse individuals together under one vision and plan. He does this all with an open and inclusive style, while remaining humble. 

“Diversity and inclusion means connecting with others; truly listening and valuing the unique perspectives and contributions that others have to offer, and creating a trusted relationship, said Livingston.  “Winning the Diversity and Inclusion Award is very humbling. It is recognition that I hold dear,” Livingston said.

Livingston is a role model for others to emulate; he is a true asset to the company and a living example of Ford’s Go Further commitment.

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