Former President of Mexico To Speak at Alma
Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico who played a vital role
in Mexico’s democratization and with strengthening his country’s
economy, will discuss his vision for the Americas in a speech at Alma
Fox is the keynote speaker for the 2008 Robert D. Swanson Responsible Leadership Speaker Series. His talk takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Cappaert Gymnasium on the Alma College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Joining him at Alma will be his wife, Marta Sahagun de Fox, president of Vamos Mexico Foundation, who will speak with students about her leadership experiences.
are so pleased that former President and Mrs. Fox will be our 2008
speakers,” said Alma College President Saundra Tracy. “Vicente Fox is
credited with extensive leadership accomplishments both as a corporate
leader and as Mexico's president. Mrs. Fox is well known for her
leadership on issues of social responsibility and human rights.
“Their unique shared experiences and global perspectives promise an exciting event for the campus and wider community,” she said.
Fox’s presentation on “Revolution of Hope: A Vision for the Americans,” is based on his book, Revolution of Hope. In his book, he speaks forcefully on global topics like immigration, the war in Iraq, racism, globalization, the role of the United Nations, free trade, religion, gender equity, indigenous rights and the moral imperative to heal the global divide between rich and poor nations.
A charismatic reformer, President Fox succeeded in controlling inflation and interest rates and in achieving the lowest unemployment rate in all of Latin America during his tenure fro 2000 to 2006.
His talk will continue an Alma College focus on issues related to Latin and South America in which Alma students have studied border issues related to immigration, child mortality, water, trade and agriculture. The College also is pursuing an exchange partnership with Equatorialis University in Quito, Ecuador.
“With our continued emphasis on our neighbors to the South, who is better positioned than Vicente Fox, the first person since the Mexican Revolution to break the Revolutionary Party’s control of the presidency, to address leadership with our students,” said John Leipzig, director Alma’s Center for Responsible Leadership.
Marta de Fox
de Fox is known as a powerful voice on women’s issues and social
responsibility. She has been effective in her support of a wide array
of social causes, including involvement in one program that reduced the
incidence of physical handicaps in Mexican newborns by 70 percent. She
has helped provide access to computers to underprivileged youth, and
has chaired numerous organizations that work on behalf of women,
children, healthcare and education.
As president of the Vamos Mexico Foundation, Marta de Fox inspires the vision of the organization, which is to enable Mexicans and Mexican Americans, in the U.S. and in Mexico, to overcome poverty, live in safe cities and towns, and have access to healthcare, jobs and resources that enable them to take care of themselves and their families.
The Swanson Responsible Leadership Speaker Series at Alma College brings prominent leaders to campus for discussions on related topics. Past speakers include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2007 and former presidential candidates and U.S. Senators Robert Dole and George McGovern in 2006.
The speaker series is part of the Alma College Center for Responsible Leadership, which encompasses a large network of leadership-development opportunities for all Alma students, regardless of academic major or degree.
Posted: Thu, September 11th, 2008 at 5:13PM