Violet Ford, 39
Youth Achievement Director, Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc., Oklahoma City
Ford knows she’s a hard worker, but she believes her recognition in 40 Under 40 can best serve others. “I am a great encourager and motivator,” she says. “I enjoy helping people realize their talents and making a plan to pursue them.” Through the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Ford works with children, teens and their families to get students prepared for college and inspired to achieve more. She said she’s honored to help develop programs that pull individuals and families out of poverty. “I believe when we are called to do something, God will give us the tools to get it done,” she says.