Group 2 photo from the C2C in Alumni Hall on April 3, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Alumni Hall on the Reynolda Campus on April 3, 2019 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Many of us shared stories of family members who have served as strong examples of character–parents interacting & connecting with those in our community who are different from us; grandfathers displaying incredible humility amidst great success and giving their blood (quite literally), sweat, and tears to help others; and a mother showing great love and focusing on others even through her own trials.
  • We raised a few questions: How do you export character? Should we? Is character relative and unique to our own experiences? Is it accurate to talk about character as though it is synonymous with morals and values?
  • Through our conversation, we came to some great conclusions: that change is incremental and an individual or personal relationship often influences character the most.
  • Lastly, character is exemplified through:
    • Sacrifice
    • Leading by example
    • Doing the right thing even when no one is watching (or, you never know who might be watching and be changed by your actions)
    • Being a good neighbor by looking out for each other