Yes, it had to be Ford Women who are inspiring their communities

Mar 08, 2024

At Ford of Mexico, we are committed to making the world a better place. Through various initiatives such as Ford Schools, Shared Purpose, and Global Caring Month, we encourage our more than 14,000 employees throughout the country to become agents of change.

Within this culture of solidarity and in the spirit of International Women's Day, we would like to share the stories of six women who have raised awareness in their communities on topics ranging from on the inclusion of people with disabilities to environmental protection, leaving a mark on hundreds of people:

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Lulu Ortiz

An example of empathy

Lulu firmly believes that by changing one person's life, you can impact the lives of hundreds more, and as part of the Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities (FEDA) group, she has been able to lead more than eight projects since 2020 that promote inclusion in the workplace.

Last year, they carried out activities that addressed topics such as Mexican Sign Language (LSM), with more than 3,000 employees participating through various dynamics. Additionally, they supported causes related to autism and people with cerebral palsy.

"Undoubtedly, teamwork is very important. If it weren't for the people with big hearts at FEDA, this impact wouldn't have been possible," added Lulu.

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Karem Rojas Mijares

Social Commitment in Action

For more than 10 years, Karem has led numerous ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) initiatives, as Social Responsibility Coordinator at Ford of Mexico. Among her internal projects is the consolidation of Shared Purpose, the company's largest national volunteer platform, which has been a key tool to encourage active participation among employees, receiving last year more than 32 projects in favor of the communities.

On the other hand, Karem is also in charge of other projects that are well-known outside of Ford, such as the Ford Schools Education in Motion program, which was established over 60 years ago and has enabled more than 80,000 children to complete their basic education studies in the country.

Additionally, Karem has played a key role in the execution of the Ford Driving Skills For Life program in Mexico, which focuses on raising awareness among young university students about the importance of safe driving.

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Hilda Arellano

Planet lover inspiring change

As an environmental engineer, Hilda has dedicated her career to protecting the environment and supporting vulnerable communities by teaching technical courses and donating a portion of her fees to several civil organizations.

Last year, for the second time, she collaborated with Imaginalco, a non-governmental organization that seeks to create safe and sustainable spaces for the Malinalco’s population. In this occasion, more than 135 people joined this noble cause.

For her, the biggest challenge lies in encouraging participation among the different Ford teams. Her motivation stems from being part of internal groups that strive for intergenerational integration in the workplace through various activities.

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Leonora Becerril

The strength of inclusion

Leonora has always believed that "change starts with oneself, and each of us has the power to contribute to building a more inclusive and equitable world."

Today, as manager of Culture and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she encourages and guides a large number of employees to lead or be part of various ERGs to promote these issues at different levels. Last year alone, participation in these groups increased by 14%.

She acknowledges that the biggest challenge is inspiring employees to dedicate time to these causes, but once people take the first step, they become active participants.

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Ana Arroyo

Always searching for a cause

From an early age, her parents instilled in her the idea that she could contribute to building a better world aligned with their ideals. Since then, Ana has led numerous volunteer projects, from raising awareness about the importance of pollinators to coordinating rescue brigades in natural disasters.

Some of the projects in which Ana has participated include her involvement in rescue groups and volunteer support after the 2017 earthquake in Mexico. In 2018, she coordinated 150 people to clean up Guadalupe Lake in the State of Mexico. Last year, she collaborated with Fútbol Más to engage a group of young people in learning about Ford's mission and inspiring them to follow their dreams. Additionally, she participated in a collection of items for dogs that were donated to a shelter at risk due to the Popocatépetl volcano eruptions.

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Rosangela Guerra

Altruism through leadership

As Director for Emerging Markets in North America, Rosangela has established strategic alliances to promote environmental donation initiatives and support vulnerable communities in Central America and the Caribbean.

Her commitment is also reflected internally by sponsoring employee groups such as FEDA. Among other activities, she supports the Sor Isolina Center in Puerto Rico to promote STEM thinking in children.

It is important to tell the story, talk about the benefits, led by example, and share achievements to motivate others," added Rosangela.

In a world with many challenges, these women remind us that each of us has the power to make a difference; and although their stories are just one example of the many efforts that hundreds of ford’s employees make every day, their commitment and dedication motivates others to continue building a better world.