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3 Tips for Bringing “Pro Humanitate” to Your Life After Wake

By Tycely Williams (’97), Chief Development Officer at America’s Promise Alliance in Washington, DC Tycely Williams has worked in multiple development positions at nonprofits, including YWCA, the American Red Cross National Capital Region, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) and others. She was artistic director of two community dance studios and led a nonprofit that […]


Getting Back to Normal: Lessons From a Global Crisis

In this piece in Psychology Today, Allison McWilliams (’95), VP for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development at Wake Forest, offers up wisdom about how we can all learn from and make changes as a result of living through a global pandemic.


Quarantine is Not a Competition: Self-Compassion and the Myth of “Winning”

In the following webinar from our LEARN with @LifeAfterWake platform, Wake Forest alumnus Ryan Riccordella (’15) focuses in on the realities of living through a global pandemic, the importance of avoiding comparisons (particularly during high stress times!), and strategies for personal compassion and accountability.


5 Ways to Fight Loneliness While Working From Home

Unless you have a job role requiring you to be in-person at your place of employment, you’re likely one of the millions of people working from home. Whether you’re used to working remotely or you suddenly found yourself turning your dining room table into an office back in March 2020, WFH can be difficult and […]


Do the Work: Playing the Long Game

In this article on Psychology Today, Allison McWilliams (’95), WFU Assistant Vice President for Mentoring and Alumni Personal and Career Development, shares some critical strategies to apply to your career when you’re just starting out and struggling to find meaning and purpose in your role. What does it look like to lean into your strengths? […]


Stop Expecting Meaning from Work

In this article on Psychology Today, Allison McWilliams (’95), WFU Assistant Vice President for Mentoring and Alumni Personal and Career Development, offers some hard truths about expectations of work. She suggests that ultimately it’s on you to give meaning and purpose to your work – that you get to decide how you show up everyday […]


Identifying Your Personal Life Values

Adapted from the Wake Forest University Mentoring Resource Center’s National Mentoring Month 2020 web page. As you begin a new year, this is the perfect time to get clarity around your values – those things that are most important to you in your life, that guide your decision-making and motivations – and to identify the […]


Why You Shouldn’t “Do What You Love”

In this Psychology Today article by Allison McWilliams (’95), Assistant Vice President for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development at Wake Forest University, she explores how pursing meaning and purpose are paralyzing young adults. If you’ve found yourself on the receiving end of advice such as needing to find your passion and calling, or […]


What to Do When You Feel Uninspired at Work

Been feeling stuck in a rut at work? Or unmotivated to get started on that next project? We’ve all felt uninspired at some point in our job roles. In this New York Times article by Tim Herrera, he offers up some practical tips for overcoming a work slump.


Why You Should Work Less and Spend More Time on Hobbies

In this article from Harvard Business Review, writer Gaetano DiNardi argues that hobbies can actually make employees even better at their jobs. Extracurricular activities outside of the workplace can develop creativity, perspective, and confidence. Learn more about how and why you should pursue your passions in your free time.


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