LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 24, 2016) – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former President and CEO of Ford Motor Co. Alan Mulally will receive the Alltech Humanitarian Award and Medal of Excellence, respectively, during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an annual event dedicated to inspiring innovation.
Now in its 32nd year, the international conference is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees from 71 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas about business, science and agriculture.
The Humanitarian Award is bestowed annually to someone of strong character, who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people. Previous award recipients include Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who became a two-time Olympic athlete and founder of the Lopez Lomong Foundation, and John Calipari, head men’s basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, who has guided six college basketball teams to the NCAA Final Four Championship, led one to a national championship and helped 38 players make it to the NBA during his 23-year college coaching career.
Wozniak is currently the chief scientist at Primary Data and the author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon.” He has also been involved in numerous business and philanthropic ventures that focus on encouraging creativity in young students through hands-on learning. In particular, he has adopted the Los Gatos School District and donated state-of-the-art technology equipment to the schools, founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
For his dedication to inspiring innovation through education and for creating one of the world’s most peaceful revolutions through Apple technology, Alltech will honor Wozniak during ONE, where he will give a talk on entrepreneurship as well as how to grasp opportunities and change the world.
Wozniak will be preceded on the main plenary stage by Mulally, who will be one of the opening keynote speakers and will expound on his strategic leadership skills to inspire audience members to enhance their organizations.
Mulally is the recipient of the Alltech 2016 Medal of Excellence for his ability to create a strong team focused on a single objective that led to the resurrection of one of the all-time great brands: Ford. The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honorees include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the “father of the Green Revolution.”
Mulally led Ford’s transformation into the number-one automobile brand in the United States. He guided the company through implementation of the One Ford plan, a compelling vision and comprehensive strategy to deliver profitable growth for all of the company’s stakeholders. In 2006, when Mulally was appointed president and CEO, he led the Ford Motor Company out of an enormous crisis, including a $12.7 billion loss, downgrade in stock-value and brand mismanagement, then remarkably made Ford the only American car manufacturer to not accept a bailout from the United States government.
Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership and service, including being named number three on Fortune magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders list, named one of The World’s Most Influential People by TIME magazine and honored with the American Society for Quality’s medal for excellence in executive leadership.
Other renowned speakers in their fields, such as Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble, and Seth Siegel, businessman, water activist and bestselling author, will share their insights during this event.