Group photo from the C2C in Atlanta, GA on June 12, 2019 (1)

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Atlanta, GA on June 12, 2019 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We began the conversation by sharing examples of character in action. Themes emerged such as selflessness, going above and beyond, humility, tenacity, leaving a legacy, gratitude and open-mindedness.
  • Some of the liveliest conversation revolved around the discussion of character and values. Are they the same? If not, how are they related? Can character be changed?
  • Polite disagreement took place when discussing how companies demonstrate character. While there was agreement about the incredible good a company can impart on communities, other factors such as a lack of inclusivity and differences in values can create polarization. Having conversation about these differences can lead to reconciliation.
  • As we wrapped up the conversation many appreciated hearing about the different experiences within the group. We also touched on the question of whether or not Wake Forest, or any university, can or should impact one’s values and character.
  • Quotes to Remember from our Conversation: “A life of impact exists well beyond the position you hold.”, “It’s Atlanta, but this is still Georgia.”, “Empathy is not the same as experience.”, “It’s a privilege to listen to people.”, “How to understand others is the greatest challenge of our time.”, “Listen more and talk less.”