Group photo from the Call to Conversation Signature event in New York City on May 9, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in New York City on May 9, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • During our time together, we touched on many different examples of Leadership & Character, including individuals who had given everything when it likely felt like they had lost it all, the idea of “everyday character,” through having lunch with someone we don’t know or acknowledge someone who has become a staple in our neighborhood.
  • Themes such as accountability, kindness, mindfulness and compassion quickly rose to the top. We also discussed the importance of doing something without anything to gain, and the people we encounter who help us to understand that we can do better in our everyday lives.
  • More than anything, we realized that this experience was grounding for all of us. Whether as a member of a community who pulled together after the tragedy of 9/11, selflessly giving a kidney to a stranger or the students who created a movement following the Florida school shooting. These experiences mean something; they leave a lasting impression on us and shape the way that we view life.
  • A few of our recurring themes were: empathy, sincerity, curiosity, perseverance, self respect, courage, vulnerability, commitment and openness.