"It is quite clear that the greatest need in our state and country
is for a generation of leaders
with moral principles and ethical standards...
with an unshakable commitment to courage and fairness
grace and courtesy and decency."
~William C. Friday
Answering this call, Wildacres Leadership Initiative and the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations trains, supports and convenes a statewide network of leaders to take courageous action on North Carolina’s most pressing issues through civil dialogue and by engaging across differences to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.
We envision a North Carolina where leadership at all levels is collaborative, courageous and civil, equitable and just, respects and engages differences, and makes thoughtful and transparent decisions.
The values that guide our work are:
Lead with courage
Speak your truth
Engage differences with civility
Collaborate to solve problems
Embrace equity and justice
We are committed to teaching and inspiring a new generation of courageous leaders for North Carolina. Leaders that model Mr. Friday's civility, transparency, and collaboration across divergent ideas and identities. In approaching a policy issue or a leadership challenge, Friday Fellows practice rigorous discernment and create opportunities for dialogue that connect those in positions of influence with those most likely to be affected or marginalized. As an organization, we believe that leadership must be a lifetime practice, not dependent on the skills, virtues, or vision of any single person, but upon shared power and mutual responsibility in our various communities and roles.
After 20 years, we celebrate a network of more than 200 Friday Fellows who have a common experience, a shared language, and a wealth of differences to use as assets as they work to improve human relations so that all North Carolina's residents can thrive.