Vicente Fox began his career at Coca-Cola Mexico as a delivery truck driver and route supervisor and rose to become its president and oversee its Latin American operations. He entered public service with election to the federal Chamber of Deputies and then as Governor of Guanajuato. He served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. A charismatic leader, Fox spearheaded economic and educational reforms, negotiated trade and immigration policies with the United States, and tackled government corruption.
Immigration reform has long been a priority for President Fox, who, during his time in office, worked with then-President George W. Bush to negotiate immigration policy. Since leaving office, President Fox continues to emphasize the importance of immigration reform with the goal of building bridges and why America must establish sensible pathways for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. In his speech, President Fox addresses why immigration reform is crucial for not just America and Mexico, but for the global community at large: “Mexico and other nations consider U.S. immigration reform important because we know our citizens will continue to migrate in search of job opportunities and a better quality of life, with freedom and respect for human rights.”
The Tanner Humanities Center established the World Leaders Lecture Forum in 2006 with the goal to bring internationally influential men and women to the University of Utah to address world events and global concerns. Our invited guest delivers a free public lecture on campus then speaks to approximately 350 business, university, and government leaders at a private dinner. This program has sponsored the visits of former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi of Iran, President of Colombia Cesar Gaviria, former President of Doctors Without Borders James Orbinski, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, and Former CIA Director John Brennan, among others.