The Wake Forest community mirrors the greater national paradox: We are too “connected” to form real relationships, too busy to fully engage in community and too disillusioned to commit ourselves to organizations led by people who don’t meet our expectations of a leader. Though we don’t like to admit it, this self-imposed isolation leaves us hungry to be part of something bigger – to be in community with others.

For a place like Wake Forest, conversation is at the heart of what we do because it combines ideas and human interaction, the intellectual and the personal. Several Wake Forest alumni and parents have volunteered to host these intimate conversations in various cities across the country. If you would like to be among to the first to be a part of this experience, and help us prioritize locations, please provide your contact information at the bottom of this page.

Wake Will Lead: A Call to Conversation is a national movement with one goal – to spark more meaningful conversations. The immediate impact of the Call to Conversation will be new relationships and a stronger community. Long-term, a culture of conversation will be a recognized signature of the Wake Forest experience.


Three Simple Principles

  1. A trained moderator will guide a group of 10-16 people through a meaningful conversation on a single topic selected in advance. These conversations will often take place over dinner, but this is not your typical dinner party with the requisite small talk. Participants will quickly get to know each other and form community as they share stories of personal experiences and ideas related to the selected topic.
  2. These conversations are fun! They require no expertise or unique knowledge, just a willingness to share, listen and respond. This is not an exercise in problem-solving, but an opportunity to explore ideas and enjoy a sense of connection.
  3. While you’ll be a part of this experience because we as Wake Foresters value face-to-face engagement, this conversation is not meant to be a discussion about our University. The conversations will focus on a wide range of topics, not our institution. Wake Forest’s mission is to develop dynamic young leaders, and our belief is that the stories, values and ideas that emerge from alumni and parents who answer the Call to Conversation will influence how Wake Forest prepares our students for the future.