About the Program

Face to Face

What is Face to Face?

The Face to Face Speaker Forum brings world-class speakers to Winston-Salem on an annual basis. The events in each season cover a variety of topics, including political affairs, arts & culture, innovation & business, and social justice & global issues.

Not only does this program bring our community face to face with world-class individuals, but it also helps provide unparalleled access and experiences for need-based student scholars at Wake Forest and for students from area schools. Your support of Face to Face helps underwrite the events and allows more funds to go toward student scholarships.

Public Health Guidelines

For additional information regarding steps the University is taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus, we strongly encourage you to review the University’s COVID-19 Notice.


Past Speakers

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.

Demon Deacon Standout, NBA Superstar, Businessman and Philanthropist, Chris Paul, on Leadership.
Author, Margot Lee Shetterly, on her NY Times Best-Seller, Hidden Figures.
Former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton, on Women in Leadership
Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, Mary Robinson, on Climate Justice.
Author, attorney and former Mississippi State Representative, John Grisham, on Innocence and Justice.
Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, spoke with students on Acts of Faith.

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