The event will also explore the efforts of Centro Fox (Fox Center) and the University of St. Thomas’ MicroCredit Program to establish a collaboration for the development and implementation of poverty alleviation programs through microfinance and other techniques in Mexico and Latin America.
Vicente Fox served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. Under his leadership, the country experienced a stretch of fundamental economic strength and stability.
In 1995 he was elected by an overwhelming majority of two votes to one for Governor of his home state of Guanajuato. Under Fox’s leadership from 1995 to 1999, Guanajuato became the fifth most important Mexican state economy and, in certain productive sectors, even surpassed the national average.
Mr. Fox studied business administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He then received a Top Management Diploma at the Harvard Business School. He rose in the Coca-Cola Company from a route supervisor to the president of the company for Mexico and Latin America.
Since leaving office, Vicente Fox has been involved in public speaking and in the development of Centro Fox, a center for the advancement and study of democracy that encourages a sense of commitment and solidarity among the Mexican population for the underprivileged and for those who have not enjoyed the benefits of development.
The UST MicroCredit Program is housed within the Center for International Studies and is a student-operated co-curricular program that provides impoverished individuals around the world with starting loans to launch income-generating businesses. The interest-free loans provided by the program help these entrepreneurs become self-reliant while promoting principles of freedom, fairness, and democracy and integrate the Catholic values of the University of St. Thomas.
The event is free and open to the public.