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The Leadership Project is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Produced by students.

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The Leadership Project is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Produced by students.

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    Leadership Project-Jonathan Reckford

    Leadership Project-Jonathan Reckford

    Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries. The Leadership Project is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Reckford, the author of “Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours,” was appointed CEO of HFHI in 2005. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector.

    • 56 min
    • video
    Leadership Project-Charles Best

    Leadership Project-Charles Best

    At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Brox public high school where he taught history. 
    DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World."

    • 52 min
    • video
    Leadership Project-Eboo Patel

    Leadership Project-Eboo Patel

    Eboo Patel founded and leads Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Faith Council, is the author of “Acts of Faith,” “Sacred Ground,” and the “Interfaith Leadership.” He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism.
    He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. For more than 15 years, Patel has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He regularly contributes to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN.

    • 1 hr 8 min
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    Leadership Project-Donna Edwards

    Leadership Project-Donna Edwards

    Elected to Congress in a special election in June 2008, Edwards became the first African American woman to represent Maryland. She went on to serve four full terms, representing the state’s 4th Congressional District until 2017.
    While in Congress, Edwards helped ensure student access to nutritional dinners, and to after school and youth development programs in schools located in low-income areas. She was a strong advocate for investing in historically black colleges, offering accessible and affordable healthcare, and protecting women’s reproductive rights and economic security, as well as Social Security and Medicare programs. Edwards also championed legislation to reduce opioid overdose, end the federal death penalty, and provide education opportunities to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.
    During her career, Edwards worked as an attorney in private practice, clerked for a District of Columbia Superior Court Judge, and served as a public interest lawyer. As a non-profit executive, she co-founded and led the National Network to End Domestic Violence, spearheading the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. She was the executive director of the Arca Foundation and Center for a New Democracy and was an advocate for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy non-profit organization. Before attending law school, she worked for the Lockheed Corporation at the Goddard Space Center with the Spacelab program.

    • 1 hr 12 min
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    Leadership Project-Chris Pual

    Leadership Project-Chris Pual

    Chris Paul (’07), Demon Deacon standout, NBA superstar, Houston Rockets point guard, businessman and philanthropist, joined members of the Wake Forest community in Wait Chapel on Wednesday, September 13, at 5 p.m. for a conversation about leadership.

    • 51 min

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