• What is a Call to Conversation?

    A national movement with one goal – to spark more meaningful conversations. The immediate impact of a 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.

  • What should I expect during the conversation?

    Expect it to be fun. You’ll be warmly welcomed by other Wake Forest alumni and parents, and together you’ll enjoy an evening you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.

    Most of the conversations will take place over a seated dinner. However, a get-together over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres has also been known to spark good conversation, and so has an outdoor cookout. Whatever the type of gathering, it’s essential that the group be small enough for everyone to sit in the same room, see and hear each other easily, and participate in a single conversation (10-16 people is ideal).

    The moderator will provide an opening discussion prompt that leads to a free-flowing conversation on a predetermined topic. Expect laughter, and maybe even a few tears, as people share stories and ideas related to the topic.

  • What should I expect after participating in a Call to Conversation?
    1. About a week after the gathering, you can expect to receive a summary of the conversation, highlighting themes and key points (without attribution). This summary will be used to connect your conversation with others taking place around the country.
    2. The host, Wake Forest organizers and your Wake Forest friends are going to be curious about your experience, so expect to be asked for your thoughts on a Call to Conversation.
    3. Don’t be surprised if other participants become new friends, so expect to broaden your social circle. You might even decide to get together again for more conversations.
  • How will I know if Wake Forest took the advice I offered during the conversation?

    Wake Forest hopes to apply the wisdom collected across hundreds of conversations to our approach for preparing future leaders. We imagine some of  you will find your ideas reflected in Wake Forest’s future plans and priorities. However, a Call to Conversation is not an exercise in problem-solving, but an opportunity to explore ideas and enjoy a sense of connection.

  • I’m ready to answer the Call to Conversation. How do I receive an invitation?

    By providing your contact information at the bottom of the page, you can help us prioritize the cities Wake Forest moderators will visit first and be among those invited to conversations taking place near you.

  • I prefer not to wait for an invitation to a gathering in my area. Can I host my own Call to Conversation?

    Soon. In the not-so-distant future, we’ll be ready to share the guides we use to prepare hosts and moderators to create a Call to Conversation experience. For now, we’re exploring the planning, execution and follow-up process at a deliberate pace. Providing your contact information will help us get you what you need to host your own Call to Conversation dinner in a timely manner.

  • Is this a fundraiser?

    Not in the traditional sense. Wake Will Lead inspired a “Call to Conversation.” We hope participants value the experience enough to seek out more conversations – with each other and with Wake Forest – about issues that matter. If participants choose to speak with a Wake Forest development officer, we think that conversation will be a rewarding experience.

  • Will I be asked for money if I participate?

    Wake Forest is in active campaign mode to raise the money necessary to prepare future leaders. You’ve been asked to support Wake Forest in the past, and you will be asked again in the future. However, you will not be asked for money at any time during the dinner conversation, or in immediate follow-up communications.

  • Seriously, this is important: What do I wear?

    The host will set the dress code to fit the type of gathering. In photos and videos of past Calls to Conversation, you’ll notice a range in participant attire.