Group photo from dinner at Liz and Mark Lazarus' home

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Greenwich, CT on April 10, 2018, to discuss Leadership & Character.

Highlights from our conversation:

  • Responses ranged from betting on the underdog, the reminder that little acts of kindness make a big difference, paying attention to those not in the limelight, and the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone.
  • As the conversation came to a close with how character and leadership are exhibited at Wake Forest, one participant noted that Wake Forest is a place of support and encouragement rather than criticism. The character of the University is oftentimes revealed in its genuine sense of hospitality: Wake Forest shows that it cares. Our responsibility with our students is to encourage their thinking and develop their talents and intellect which leads to the development of character.
  • It was agreed that the students need to be brought into the conversation, perhaps even making it a required part of orientation. We should also encourage students to interview alumni to learn about their journeys. Participants were in agreement that it was an evening of interesting, diverse and encouraging dialogue.