Washington (CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is set to make his first public appearance since announcing plans to resign from the Obama administration last week amid chatter that he might seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
UPDATE: A Huntsman adviser says the ambassador will be traveling in China next week and will not be attending the event, contrary to The Atlantic's announced lineup.
Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is slated to appear at a forum about jobs and the economy in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday alongside a clutch of government officials and foreign policy experts like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.
The morning event – "Finding Work, Finding Our Way: Building the Economy and Jobs of the Future" - is sponsored by The Atlantic and Microsoft.
Huntsman has enlisted a team of political advisers to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid. He submitted a letter of resignation to the White House earlier this week and will leave his post on April 30.
Other political figures speaking at the event include Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.