About the Program

Wake Forest University is excited to announce the genesis of a new community asset, the Face to Face Speaker Forum. This signature speaker series will begin in September 2020 and will bring world-class speakers to Winston-Salem on an annual basis. The events in each season will cover a variety of topics, including political affairs, arts & culture, innovation & business, and social justice & global issues.

Not only will this program bring our community face to face with world-class individuals, but it will also serve as a fundraiser for student scholarships. Proceeds from the program will go to need-based recipients at Wake Forest University.

In its inaugural season 2020-2021, the Speaker Forum will put on three signature keynote events on September 1st, October 14th, and January 26th at the Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

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Since 1834, Wake Forest University has been proud to host countless prominent voices including Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, and two Presidential debates. The Wake Forest University Face to Face Speaker Forum will continue this long legacy of bringing thought leaders to Winston-Salem for the benefit of our campus and community.

NBA basketball player Chris Paul visits Wake Forest, which he attended for two years, to talk about leadership as part of the Leadership Project with President Nathan O. Hatch, in Wait Chapel on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Demon Deacon Standout, NBA Superstar, Businessman and Philanthropist, Chris Paul, on Leadership
Writer Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the bestseller Hidden Figures, gives a speech about the history of the people in her book, part of Project Wake, in Wait Chapel on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Author, Margot Lee Shetterly, on her NY Times Best-Seller, Hidden Figures
Chelsea Clinton holds a panel discussion on women and leadership in Reynolda Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, part of her campaign for her mother, Hillary Clinton. The panelists are moderator Paige Meltzer, director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest; Chizoba Ukairo ('17), a Wake Forest senior and student leader; Denise ‘DD’ Adams, Winston-Salem Council Member; and Libba Evans (‘74, MBA ‘78), iActive Learning and University Trustee.
Former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton, on Women in Leadership
Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, presents her Voices of Our Time speech in Wait Chapel on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The speech is the keynote for the Human Face of Environmental Inequality conference being held on campus.
Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, Mary Robinson, on Climate Justice
Legal writer John Grisham participates in a panel discussion on innocence issues as part of the Voices of Our Time series in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. The panelists, from left, law school dean Blake Morant, law student Mimi Kendrick (JD '11), John Grisham, law student Jessica Hollenbach (JD '11), and law professor Carol Turowski, the Co-Director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at the law school.
Author, attorney and former Mississippi State Representative, John Grisham, on Innocence and Justice
Eboo Patel meets with a small group of Wake Forest students and recent graduates to talk about leadership issues on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Patel was on campus as part of the Leadership Project.
Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, spoke with students on Acts of Faith