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Kick Off


How can a weekend of networking and knowledge accelerate your career? Think: 

  • Faster access to career-building opportunities
  • Deeper connections
  • Whole-person support
  • More confidence

You’re invited to Wake360, the Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies annual, in-person experience in Charlotte designed to grow your future with a unique combination of networking and knowledge. 

In this exclusive learning experience, you’ll meet leading industry leaders, engage in relevant workplace conversations, empower your leadership skills with the latest research and information, and learn new skills that will help you to show up stronger and more present at work, in school, and with family.  


Schedule of Events


Friday, October 14, 2022


3:30-4 pm: Hotel Check-In

Holiday Inn, 200 N College 

The Holiday Inn is conveniently adjacent to the Wake Forest Charlotte Center.

4:30-6 pm: Cocktail Hour and Welcome

Wake Forest University Charlotte Center(WFUCC). 

Let’s kickoff Wake360 with some fun! Meet Demon Deacon, get a new professional headshot for LinkedIn, grab some Wake Forest gear, and meet your peers, faculty and SPS Staff.

6 pm: Dinner

Saturday, October 15, 2022


7:00-9:00 am: Breakfast Buffet & Office Hours

Grab some breakfast (and coffee!) to get the day started on the right foot! You will have the opportunity to register for one-on-one time with Student Services, Student Success Managers, Financial Aid, Faculty, and more.

9:00-10:00 am: Panel Conversation: Leading the post-pandemic workplace

Listen to a panel of Industry Leaders cover the post-pandemic workplace challenges and opportunities. You’ll be seated at tables with Program Advisory Board (PAB) Members, Faculty, and other students to have smaller, focused conversations.

10:00 – 10:45 am: Program-specific table discussions

Table and discussions anchored by program-specific faculty and PAB members and an active conversation from panelists. 

10:45-11 am: Break/networking

11-11:30 am: Career “Speed Dating”

Have the opportunity to have a quick conversation with relevant key players from your industry. A great way to quickly meet people from some of the largest organizations in the southeast. Want to spend more time with a leader you met? Sign up for evening mentoring!

11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch and Transit

12:30-3:00 pm: Wray|Ward

Come meet Wray|Ward, a full-service agency creating inspired marketing solutions for brands in the home and building categories. Tour their AWESOME office space and get ready to workshop!

3-3:30 pm: Return to hotel and Break

5-6:30 pm: Faculty 1:1 and PAB mentoring

6:30-7:30 pm: Reception at Cicchetti

Sunday, October 16, 2022


9-9:30 am: Deacs & Donuts

9:30-11:00 am: Charlotte Bus Tour

Learn more about the history of Charlotte

11-12 pm: Until Next Time…

Hotel check-out