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February 22, 2019

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Renée Goldsberry at WFU

Photo by Ken Bennett

 

EDITORS' PICKS

The crowd sang with joy

Count mine as a rave review for the Feb. 1 event in Wait Chapel that opened the international conference on “The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts.” The keynote speaker — and singer — was Renée Elise Goldsberry, winner of Tony and Grammy awards who is best known for her role as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

School of Divinity Professor Derek Hicks, her family friend, interviewed Goldsberry onstage in what felt like a congenial conversation in someone’s living room. Goldsberry talked of her successes and failures and her “toolbox,” something she thinks everyone needs for career and life. In her toolbox is the voice she keeps in her head: the American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Her go-to example of using one’s blessings powerfully: Oprah Winfrey.

“Our power to be a leader, whether we’re acting or we’re a student — whatever we’re doing — I think it’s really just doing what you do in a way that is inspiring to other people — doing it with passion, doing it with love,” she said. When she sang, the audience couldn’t help but join in as her chorus for “Satisfied.” Read more about Goldsberry’s visit and the many ways Wake Forest is addressing leadership and character throughout the campus.

Best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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