Will Hueston started his career as a community organizer in the south during the civil rights struggles of the early 70s. Later, after a veterinary degree at Ohio State, he worked for a farmer-owned cooperative and was introduced to international trade issues involving animal health issues. He returned to Ohio State for a PhD in epidemiology studying the patterns of health and disease and then he embarked on a 30 year career working at the interface of science, politics, beliefs and policy. His career journey has included faculty appointments at 5 land-grant universities, senior regulatory policy positions in the US and UK governments, advising food companies and intergovernmental organizations, and most recently, 13 years at the University of Minnesota working to foster integrative leadership to address the global grand challenges of emerging infectious diseases and food security. While he's fulfilled the requisite requirements for grants and publications, his true passion is developing the next generation of leaders who will make the world a better place.