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The Leadership Project with Chris Paul

Chris Paul (’07), Demon Deacon standout, NBA superstar, Houston Rockets point guard, businessman and philanthropist, will join members of the Wake Forest community in Wait Chapel on Wednesday, September 13, at 5 p.m. for a conversation about leadership.

The event is for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff only and is not open to the public. Tickets are required.

Paul’s conversation with Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch will be live streamed at


The Leadership Project is designed to engage members of the Wake Forest community with inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths, span a range of age groups and embrace diverse worldview. 

Chris Paul, from the Class of 2007, is one of the most talented and respected players in the NBA. An admired leader among his teammates and competitors, Paul was elected and has served as president of the National Basketball Players Association since August 2013.

After leaving Wake Forest, Paul was chosen by the New Orleans Hornets as the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA draft. That led to NBA Rookie of the Year honors and the first of his nine All-Star selections. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers for six years and will spend the 2017-18 season as a Houston Rocket.

The Winston-Salem native is a four-time NBA First Team selection, a six-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection, a four-time NBA assist leader, a six-time NBA steals leader and the MVP of the 2013 All-Star game. Paul is also a two-time gold medalist, after representing the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

In addition to various business pursuits and contributions on the basketball court, Paul and his family strive to have a positive impact in their community. Since its inception in 2005, the Chris Paul Family Foundation has contributed $2.5 million to support technology opportunities for kids in Winston-Salem, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Portland, New York and Oakland. The Foundation has supported the Boys & Girls Club, Shoes That Fit, Vision to Learn, the Brotherhood Crusade, Leaps n Boundz and Feed the Children.

His leadership in his community 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. To honor his late grandfather, Paul created an endowment at Wake Forest that provides two scholarships – one athletic and one academic – to students from Forsyth County area schools.

Paul and his wife, Jada, have two small children, and are raising them on the same principles that were instilled in them: the importance of family, earning an education and being well-rounded individuals.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:00pm

Wait Chapel
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Speakers, Leadership Project

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff, Students




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