Media Advisory: Habitat for Humanity’s Jonathan Reckford to Speak at WFU

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. 

The event is free and open to the public. The speech will also be livestreamed here.

The Leadership Project is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. 

Reckford, the author of “Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours,” was appointed CEO of HFHI in 2005. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector.

Other activities in conjunction with Reckford’s visit: 

Wed., Oct 14: On-Campus Build: The Wake Forest campus community will participate in a special Habitat for Humanity build from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Davis Field. Volunteers will help assemble walls that will be used in the construction of a local Habitat house. 

Tues., Oct. 20: Reckford will visit Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, where he will tour the ReStore and lead a dedication service for Habitat Forsyth’s new facilities at 14th Street and University Pkwy. There will also be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge. The dedication service will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and will include Mayor Allen Joines. Norma-May Isakow, director of academic and community engagement at Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute and Wake Forest senior Noah Schwartz will speak about the rich partnership between the University and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. Contact Rachel Barron 336-703-0770 for details on this event.


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