William Davidson Institute Virtual Roundtable: A Vision for a Stronger U.S.-Mexico Partnership: Emerging Opportunities in the Automotive Industry

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) will convene a virtual roundtable focused on the dynamic U.S. and Mexico collaboration in the auto industry. This discussion is in partnership with U-M’s Ross School of Business and the US-Mexico Foundation (USMF), a binational non-profit organization dedicated to fostering bilateral cooperation and understanding between the U.S. and Mexico. This discussion will feature valuable perspectives and insights from diplomats, executives, analysts and academics.


  • Geronimo Gutierrez, Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Anthony Earl Wayne, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  • Sarah Cartmell, Manager of Global Government Relations, Ford Motor Company
  • Scott Adams, President eMobility, Eaton
  • Mike Ramsey, Vice President, Analyst at Gartner


  • Francine LaFontaine, Interim Dean, Michigan Ross School of Business
  • Diana E. Paez, Senior Director, Grants & Partnerships, Grants Management, William Davidson Institute


Leveraging the State of Michigan’s rich auto manufacturing heritage and expertise, this event will bring together two former ambassadors, Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández and Earl Anthony Wayne, who will host industry leaders to discuss emerging opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico partnership with a focus on the auto industry. This event will feature two interrelated, consecutive discussions:

Panel 1: U.S.-Mexico Automotive Supply Chain Integration: Trends and Opportunities, Moderated by Interim Dean Francine Lafontaine at the Ross School of Business

Panel 2: Powering Mobility: Implications of the Energy Transition, Moderated by Diana Páez, Senior Director of Grants & Partnerships at WDI



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