A group of Wake Foresters gathered over Dinner in New York, New York, on February 13, 2018, to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation on leadership and character in a polarized society:

  • There were many comments about how it is the right time for these types of conversations. Participants were appreciative that Wake Forest initiated the dialogue. The opportunity to share our personal stories about when we’ve seen character present was filled with great detail and passion.
  • A great question that generated conversation was “Is it tougher to act with character when you know others are watching?”
  • Selflessness and bravery were mentioned frequently.
  • There was a sentiment that we have a strong obligation to make sure these conversations, thoughts and practices are shared with our Wake Forest students. Also, the need to prepare our students for a society where the values that Wake Forest instills in them is not always recognized or enabled.
  • We loved the Beatles quote from their sing The End “The love you make is the love you take”… Fun fact, that line is essentially the Beatles closing statement. It is the last lyric on the last album they recorded. Let It Be was the last album they released, but it was recorded earlier.