Opening General Session featuring Alan Mulally and Mike Rowe
Strategic and Operational Leadership and Working Together
With Mulally’s vision and commitment, Ford was able to recommit itself to quality, develop a comprehensive strategy and implement a new sense of identity. His renowned leadership skills transformed Ford into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. Mulally will expound on his strategic leadership and will inspire you to explore your own set of skills as you apply to and enhance your organization.
Why Dirty Jobs Matter
Why has America declared a war on work? Mike Rowe will give an illuminating account of the true nature of skilled labor, and why it's being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. Why are people who do dirty jobs some of the happiest people you'll ever meet? What lessons can we learn about teamwork, determination, efficiency, and our definition of success? Mike Rowe will bring you face-to-face with Americans who are simply doing their jobs, happily and well. In the process, he will remind you of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work, and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy.
Mike Rowe has been called the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned while hosting the hit TV series, Dirty Jobs, a show that paid tribute to the many hardworking people who make civilized life possible for the rest of us. On the show, Mike worked as a good-humored apprentice on more than 300 different, unglamorous jobs— from boiler repairman to abandoned mine plugger. On his latest TV series, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, Mike introduces viewers to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors and fanatics who march to the beat of a different drum. Mike is also well known for narrating documentaries and television shows about everything from lions of the Serengeti to fisherman in the Aleutian Islands.
As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path to take. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards scholarships to qualified individuals in pursuit of a career in the skilled trades. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education through its Work Ethic Scholarship Program for trade schools across the country
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