Call to Conversation gathering over dinner in Dallas on November 30, 2017.

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Dallas on November 30, 2017, to discuss leadership and character.

Leadership and character are sometimes difficult to spot, but everyone at the table had a wonderful story to share about a time they saw leadership and character in action. Character can be exhibited by a family member, a stranger, a company, a doctor, an idea or a community.

Some key words repeated at the table were: empathy, kindness, trust and respect. In our world today, it should be acceptable to have an opinion; as the pendulum swings, we just need to be respectful of both sides of the motion.

Wake Forest is a community that foundationally is here to help prepare our students to do good for others through Pro Humanitate. We explored the idea of the “Reformation of Manners,” an ideology that teaches if you have manners and human dignity, everything else should follow. Character is a commitment to the truth – it starts at our home and at our tables, and is augmented for our students at Wake Forest through an opportunity to experience the world.