Speaker(s): Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico
(Question and Answer period)
President Fox discussed elements of effective leadership for a changing Latin American context, as well as the transforming role of faith in both public and personal life. He also shared with the Fuller community his perspectives on immigration reform, globalization, free trade, and healing the global divide between rich and poor countries, drawing from his 2007 autobiography, Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President.
Taking office as president of Mexico in 2000, Fox was the first president in more than 70 years to be elected from an opposition party, against the then-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He served as president for six years, focusing on economic stability and reform in health care, education, and housing, as well as taking steps to reduce poverty.
A native son of Mexico and the grandson of immigrants from the United States and Spain, Fox worked his way from ranch hand and truck driver to CEO of Coca-Cola Mexico—the youngest in the organization’s history. His political rise from precinct worker to governor to the Mexican presidency was equally swift. Since leaving the presidency, Fox has been involved in public speaking and establishing his presidential library, Centro Fox, which focuses on the development of democratic leadership in Latin America.