Wilberforce Conference 2017

I love what the Wilberforce Conference demonstrates to our community...that we’re here, we’re present, and we want to be engaged with the world.
— Mariah Harrelson ('19)

The 2nd Annual Wilberforce Conference took place on October 27th, 2017 at UNC Chapel Hill. The theme of the conference was simple and yet all encompassing - Every Good Endeavor: All Work. All Life. All Christ. 400 attendees spent the afternoon unpacking this theme, asking questions such as, "Where do we find hope for good work in challenging times?" and "How should a student prepare now to live faithfully after college?" Gifted alumni, community members, and faculty shared their wisdom and experience during topical panel sessions, thoughtful dialogues and a keynote address. At the end of the day, alumni and students shared a meal, discussing takeaways from the day and further considering questions about how to glorify God in all of work and all of life. A unique time of celebration and encouragement, the NC Study Center and its partner organizations look forward to hosting the Wilberforce Conference for many years to come. 

Recordings, Summaries and Snapshots

Life is about giving, it’s not about taking, and whenever you get a chance to help invest in other people and to fertilize the soil for the great things they may do, it’s always exciting.
— Farad Ali ('89), President and CEO, the Institute of Minority Economic Development

Henry Kaestner, Managing Principal, Sovereign's Capital, shares some of the spiritual and professional wisdom he's gained during his entrepreneurial career. After his talk, Henry is interviewed by Zack Mansfield ('04), a Managing Director at Square One Bank.

Thank you to Chancellor Carol Folt, who dropped in to share a few words with conference attendees.

Dave Alpern, Ashley Modisett ('98), and Annalise Perry ('12, JD '15) reflect on the start of their professional careers.

Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives.
— William Wilberforce

Former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at George Washington University and computer scientist Dr. Dianne Martin shared her observations on the rise of artificial intelligence and the potential dangers it could produce.

Zack Mansfield ('04), Henry Kaestner, Chris Evans, and Dr. Dianne Martin explored what the future of work will hold for the next generation of Christians.

The work was the work and of course I was doing the best I could, trying to use my gifts and talents to God’s glory, but the stuff that actually mattered was what I was like in the day-to-day, working with people, living with people...that was the most impactful.
— Ashley Modisett ('98), former Senior Manager, Deloitte

Katherine Alsdorf, co-author of Every Good Endeavor, discusses faith and work with 2016 Tar Heel of the Year John Kane.

Full Audio Recordings of Wilberforce Panel Sessions