Wake Forest has enjoyed learning from the following guest speakers and exemplars:

  • Teju Cole – essayist, critic, photographer and the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard
  • Chris Paul (’07) – NBA All-Star, President of the NBA Players Association and Wake Forest alumnus
  • Katharine Wilkinson – environmental advocate, author, and senior writer of “Drawdown”
  • Robbie Bach – former chief Xbox officer and president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, author of “XBox Revisited”
  • Margot Lee Shetterly – writer, researcher and entrepreneur, known for her bestselling book, “Hidden Figures”
  • John Bowlin – Robert L. Stuart Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of “Tolerance among the Virtues”
  • Larissa Macfarquhar and Deogratias Niyizonkiza – a writer at the New Yorker and author of “Strangers Drowning,” and a medical student in Burundi during the ethnic civil war between the Hutus and the Tutsis who was the subject of Tracy Kidder’s “Strength in What Remains”