DEARBORN -- For the past eleven years, Ford Motor Company has proudly supported the national "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" to make each experience beneficial for both children and employees alike.
This year's event, sponsored by the HR Diversity Council, was held at the Conference and Event Center last Thursday. 'Take Our Children to Work Day' revolves around the importance of a child’s education and the significance of their parent’s role in Ford’s success.
Today, kids are encouraged to frequently exercise the most powerful part of their body – their mind, and this year's event was the perfect chance for young kids to think about their future, in addition to the possibility of one day following in their mother and/or father’s footsteps.
Nevertheless, this event also focused on celebrating a special day made perfect for a parent and child to spend quality time with one another. The event kicked off with lunch being served while a variety of entertainment was provided such as clay car modeling, health and wellness jeopardy, two professional sketch artists demonstrating the process of drawing a Ford vehicle, a hula hoop challenge and professional race car driver Audrey Zavodsky posing with kids in a stock car.
After lunch, parents and children relocated to the Grand Hall where they anxiously awaited Bill Ford’s arrival.
Taking the stage, Bill Ford began speaking about the importance of the parents working for the Company today and how much they've contributed to its growth and success. "Ford is in a really good place right now, and all of your parents have been great," said Bill Ford. "Kids – give a round of applause to your parents and grandparents." After a few moments of the audience clapping, he continued, "Now, parents – give a round of applause to the kids for putting up with us." Everyone laughed and clapped again.
Bill Ford showed an admirable appreciation for a handful of employees who brought Ford to the position the company stands in today, and as a result, he left a lasting impression on both the parents and the children.
"The growth of the auto industry and Ford Motor Company is going to be incredibly exciting because all of the things people didn't like about cars or what they didn’t like about making cars is going to disappear, and your mom’s and dad's are going to be the ones driving that change," added Ford.
"We are a family company with lots of generations working here. Hopefully, it doesn't end with your parents. Hopefully, you will come back, too, because it's a pretty cool place to work."