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  • Joseph Adams - TDHS Class of 1967

    Posted by Alumni Webmaster on 10/27/2013

    Joe Adams

    I live in Singapore and am  VP of Human Resources in Asia for the Jabil Corporation, which has 120,000 employees in Asia.  My job is to ensure that our employees in Asia have a dignified experience; one that allows them to grow, develop and realize their full potential.

    My 28-year- career in technology was a complete accident.    I  studied at a great school – The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and had great teachers who had a profound influence in my life:  I found myself academically, finally excelled at school, and discovered an aptitude for critical thinking and an intellectually curious bent.   I became a teacher, then vice principal at a large private school in Mountain View, Calif.    

    Silicon Valley was just starting to boom and I was offered a position with a disc drive manufacturer, which brought me to where I am today.   I never thought in my wildest dreams at The Dalles High School that I would be running a $2 billion business for a large multi-national corporation.   I have lived and worked all over Asia for  23 years, and now work mostly in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.    The rich cultural diversity, friendships, intellectually challenging work and the opportunity to see people develop, grow and learn has had a profound impact on my life.

    I think intellectual curiosity is one of the most important qualities you can have and it needs to be developed like a muscle.  Be open, be willing to learn and not have the answers before the questions are even asked.

    Living outside the US gives you a totally different perspective on international policies, politics and life.   I would hope that the students realize that we are citizens of ‘plant earth’ not just of the US or China or somewhere else.

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