C2C Snapshots

430

Conversations

3203

Participants

135

Cities

 

. . . and counting

 


Search Call to Conversation Snapshots by topic, date or location.

Pro Humanitate | Phoenix, AZ

Group photo from the C2C in Phoenix, AZ on June 14, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Phoenix, AZ on June 14, 2019 to discuss Pro Humanitate.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • The spirit of Pro Humanitate seems to live in the mundane daily acts of being kind and engaged as well as in grander ideas and behaviors. This being noted, dialoguing about community, connection, and diversity seemed to spark the liveliest conversation, and apparently provided common ground among us. One of the moving and possibly surprising pieces to emerge from this was the call to disrupt the status quo.
  • Throughout our conversation, three themes emerged:
    • The importance to most all of us of connection and being part of a community,
    • Arts and sports as providing ready avenues to experiencing connection and inclusion that can transcend differences in our personal values and viewpoints, and
    • The power of small, daily acts of connection – and courage – such as being nice to people, encouraging them, asking more questions so as to get to know others.

Read More »

Career Development | Charleston, SC

Group photo from the C2C in Charleston, SC on June 13, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Charleston, SC on June 13, 2019 to discuss Career Development.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We discussed career development through the lens of our own lived experience by reflecting back on our first job and what we had learned from it. We recognized that there are several “first” jobs – there is the first job you ever have, the first job where you are an employee (as opposed, for example, to babysitting or dog walking), your first job out of college, the first job in your chosen profession… Each of these “first” job shapes us and teaches us in different ways.
  • Service jobs & soft skills: One issue that came up was that many of us held our first jobs during high school, most of which were not glamorous and involved working in the service industry. While we might have gone on to different professions, these initial jobs taught us some very important life lessons: treating others with respect, acting responsibly, pulling your own weight, navigating relationships with coworkers, etc…. These aren’t the technical skills we then acquired later in life as we entered different careers, but they are vital skills to have when you start on that first job in your career. We touched on the fact that many high school students today haven’t held a job and what that means for acquiring and learning these skills before they enter the workforce.
  • Being open to change: Another thing that surfaced is the importance of being open to change. The career/profession that you think you are going to love may not be for you – and a job that you never thought you would like may end up being a really good fit. In the modern economy people are likely to have not one but several careers during their lifetime. Knowing how to adapt and learn is critical to being successful in this new environment.

Read More »

Leadership & Character | Atlanta, GA

Group photo from the C2C in Atlanta, GA on June 12, 2019 (3)

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:

  • The stories shared were personal and insightful about a time when great character and leadership were exhibited. Throughout the duration of our Jeffersonian style dinner, we discussed the importance of civil discourse; having educated conversations with opposing views which emphasizes our motto of Pro Humanitate and enriches our knowledge of topics and ideas.
  • We discussed the human need for a community in order to live a full life. A community in which we are influenced and encouraged by others perspectives.
  • We acknowledged that sometimes good people make bad decisions, but the difference is that someone with strong character has a desire to right the wrong and change for the better. Character evolves over time.
  • We acknowledged that leadership and character do not discriminate, they affect individuals across all ages and stages of life.
  • A major theme throughout the conversation was daily self-sacrifice; putting others’ needs before your own and never expecting credit for these actions. The desire to make the world a better place and never receiving recognition. We emphasized that most often the little actions are what count the most.
  • We recognized that strong leadership and character requires vulnerability and humility.
  • We concluded that high moral character equals strong leaders, that they go hand and hand. However that does not mean that all people in leadership positions have good character.
  • Notable quotes from our conversation:
    • “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi
    • “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3
  • A final thought was on paying it forward, everyone around the dinner table spoke of time when they were touched by someone of strong character and now we can think about how we can pay it forward.

Read More »

Leadership & Character | Atlanta, GA

Group photo from the C2C in Atlanta, GA on June 12, 2019 (2)

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 talked about the notable character we see in our community leaders, professors, bosses, children, and in our parents and grandparents. Ed Wilson is an admirable long time Wake Forester who’s name came up time and time again around our table as someone who exemplifies model character.
  • We told stories of faculty who “scoop up” students, fathers who lead by example, and friends who never give up on one another.
  • Words we used to describe those with good character included humble, honest, giving, loving, and integrity. Our themes included Servant Leadership, admitting when you’re wrong, children modeling character, courage to stand up and live out our values, and vulnerability.

Read More »

Leadership & Character | Atlanta, GA

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.”

Read More »