About HFLI

About HFLI

HFLI mobilizes and works with organizations around the world – organizations that share our vision of advancing equity and empowerment through culturally-responsive learning and doing. 

We sustain this level of innovation leadership by investing in our unique blend of capabilities: HFLI’s team, partnerships, approach, and tools. And we live the mindsets that we nurture in learners. That steady attention to learning, growing, and improving engenders the confidence and trust essential in our role as your strategic ally.  

Our History

Founded by The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund in 2003, HFLI is rooted in creating schools and transforming the education system.

Because learning is a lifelong practice, we grew to serve out-of-school learning, design thinking for educators, and college-based learning and leading.

Today HFLI looks ahead even further, adding scalable social impact initiatives that advance equity and empowerment.

HFLI History

Adaptive Leadership as a Key Skill Post-COVID

HFLI programs that prepare adults and youth to seize opportunities in their post-COVID spaces explicitly incorporate adaptive leadership skill-building.

Immersive Online Learning for Adults and Youth

HFLI responds to COVID-19 with immersive online experiences that bear all of the hallmarks of Deeper Learning by Doing®. Also launches the HFLI Studio website, which provides access to both free and paid resources that build capacity for innovation.

Social Entrepreneurship Programs for Youth

HFLI pilots youth programming that focuses on social innovation and in-demand “future of work” skills.

Social Impact Programs for Adults

HFLI partners with Ford on multiple initiatives using design tools and methods to address social impact, philanthropic, and leadership development needs.

Professional Development for Educators

HFLI expands design thinking workshops to educators outside of Henry Ford Academies in response to educator demand.

Redesigning How We Learn and Lead

HFLI embraces design thinking as a process for framing and acting on problems, builds an approach into the Henry Ford Academy model.

Public Schools in Public Spaces

HFLI distills and formalizes the Henry Ford Academy model, and for the next 15 years, develops and launches schools in three major US cities.

HFLI Launch

The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company launch HFLI to extend the impact of the Henry Ford Academy model by developing a network of schools.

The Beginning

Corporate, education, cultural, and workforce development leaders come together to establish Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan as a new model of teaching and learning.

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