Fireside Chat between Dean Erika James and Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Dean Erika James engaged in a lively, thought-provoking conversation with Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. C’87 HON’10, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Russia, and Singapore and former Governor of Utah. Before diving into the formal questions and answers, the pair took a moment to riff on music, as Huntsman shared that he and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Lawrence Wong, are avid musicians. “If you want to bring peace and stability to the world, you need a little more dance and you need a little more music,” Huntsman commented. James and attendees heartily agreed. The dialogue shifted to current foreign affairs and the next generation of transportation, specifically electric vehicles. Huntsman, who serves as Vice Chair of Ford Motor Company, noted, “You’re going to see the most profound industrial shifts, not just in the United States, but around the world…that will go deep into manufacturing, labor training, supply chains, new technology and mobility.” The discussion concluded with Huntsman imparting what he believes are the three traits for successful leadership: demonstrating humility, listening twice as much as you talk, and articulating your vision. “The ability to lead with your heart as much as you do with your head is a telling example of effective leadership.”