President Hatch: Leadership Project speaker and event registration

President Hatch emailed this message to students, faculty and staff on Aug. 30:

Dear Wake Forest  Students, Faculty and Staff,

Chris Paul

Three years ago, we launched the Leadership Project to engage members of the Wake Forest community with inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths, span age groups and embrace diverse worldviews. By inviting speakers with various perspectives and engaging them in conversation, we seek to explore the wide range of leadership qualities and styles that others have found successful.

It is my pleasure to announce that Chris Paul (’07), a Demon Deacon standout and one of the most talented and respected players in the NBA, will kick off Wake Forest’s 2017 fall Leadership Project.

An admired leader among his teammates and competitors, Chris was elected and has served as president of the National Basketball Players Association since August 2013. His leadership in his community through the Chris Paul Family Foundation and the evidence of his spirit of Pro Humanitate have earned him the NBA Community Assist Award five times, the 2016 ESPY’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award, and the 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Chris and his foundation also created two scholarships at Wake Forest – one for academics and one for athletics – in honor of his late grandfather, Nathaniel Jones.

Chris will join us in Wait Chapel on Wednesday, September 13 at 5 p.m. for a conversation about leadership. To make sure our students are able to hear from him, this event will be closed to the public, and tickets will be required for entry.

Students interested in attending should register for tickets by visiting Registration will open on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 a.m.

Faculty and staff interested in attending should register for tickets by visiting Registration will open on Wednesday, September 6 at 7 a.m.

If you cannot join us in person, this event will also be live streamed at

You can follow Wake Forest’s Leadership Project on social media at #WFULeads. There will be a time for Q&A at the end of the conversation in Wait Chapel. Questions can be submitted in advance at #WFULeads on Twitter.

We look forward to an engaging conversation from a Winston-Salem native, a son of Wake Forest and a leader in community engagement and the world of professional athletics.

I hope you can join us.


Nathan O. Hatch