It's difficult not to read into the executive's statements. Wagoner was asked to leave GM by the Obama Administration during the GM bailout but has gone on to chair the Duke Board of Trustees and serve on multiple corporate boards.
Wagoner also recounted how his time with GM shaped the course of his life and that of his family's life as a cautionary tale against over planning. Wagoner's career saw him travel from New York City to Brazil and back to the states during his time with GM. Finally, the executive urged VCU students to never be satisfied with the status quo, and to always push to find ways for their ideas to take root.