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VIDEO: Delivering Education with Teach for America

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 3.44.34 PM.png For the past seven years, FedEx has supported Teach for America and their commitment to provide students of diverse backgrounds with educational opportunities that will reward them and their communities for a lifetime.

I recently spent the morning in a ninth grade classroom at Arlington High School in Indianapolis as part of “Teach for America” week. That visit had special meaning for me. My son Johnny, who recently graduated from Rhodes College, is joining the TFA corps and will begin teaching in Memphis this fall. We both share a passion for learning and the belief that every child deserves the same opportunity for achievement and advancement through education...

FedEx Trucks, Honking Horns and 900 students - FedEx Delivers Careers on Wheels to Snyder Elementary

IMG_0814.JPG_.jpeg What do you get when you put 900 students and several big FedEx trucks together? A lot of fun and lessons about the transportation industry.

As a pickup and delivery manager for FedEx Ground in Las Vegas, I have the opportunity to support many community projects. So, when Snyder Elementary asked FedEx to be part of its Careers on Wheels day, we were ready to make an important delivery: education.

What in the world is “telematics”?: My baptism into the world of sustainable transportation

FedEx Fellows by truck 2.jpg.jpeg A few months ago, I began working with some of our sustainable transportation initiatives at FedEx – a new area for me. One of my first tasks was to put together a weeklong training event where FedEx would share our insights, knowledge and expertise with EMBARQ, one of the world’s leading sustainable transportation nonprofit organizations.

The program was called the FedEx Fellows program. It was designed to expose leaders from EMBARQ affiliates in India, Brazil and Mexico to many facets of FedEx operations including fuel technologies, routing design, vehicle purchasing, maintenance planning, telematics and other areas.

These are definitely not my areas of expertise! When I saw “telematics” on the list...

Here's to the Tinkerers - FedEx and FIRST Robotics

GR9A4623_ag3.jpg Do you know a tinkerer? There are a few definitions of this term and some are not so positive. My definition of a tinkerer is a future innovator – someone who is passionate, creative and committed to solving problems and helping others.

When inventor Dean Kamen was a kid, he tinkered with things in his garage. He would spend hours taking things apart, putting them back together, taking them part again and reconfiguring them. Over the years, this intensive tinkering led Dean to explore and invent devices such as the first drug infusion pump, a robotic arm for disabled veterans and an all-terrain electric wheelchair known as the iBot.

Perhaps the tinkerer or innovator you know is the kid who lives in your neighborhood or your own child?...

Engineered for the Future: FedEx and FIRST Robotics

IMG_1578-square.jpg In 1989, Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and the portable insulin pump, wanted to find a way to share his enthusiasm and inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

Kamen’s passion for science and education led to the creation of FIRST Robotics. More than just a robot building competition, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) engages students in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

This year’s FIRST team competitions are...