Group photo from the Call to Conversation in Short Hills, NJ on September 19, 2018.

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Short Hills, NJ on September 19, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We heard that character is exemplified in cases where one makes pivotal decisions – both large and small. Such decisions can be made with a swiftness that demonstrates one’s values and ability to do what we know is right in any given moment. These decisions may also call on us to make personal sacrifices, selflessly made for the sake of one or many.
  • Selflessness, small and large acts of kindness, and celebrating/caring for others were all prevalent themes.
  • There was good discussion around the question if character could be taught. While acknowledging that character development starts at home, our Wake Forest students should be encouraged to get outside of their comfort zones and expose themselves to different viewpoints.
  • In conclusion, the most important thing is to teach conversation over confrontation. Despite our own personal feelings and opinions, we must be able to embrace and engage in different conversations with respect and openness.