Transformational Leadership in the 21st Century

Pursuing the Greater Good in Challenging Times

June 6 - 8, 2018


Keynote speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brooks, Lynda Weinman and President Gayle D. Beebe share insights on effective and purposeful leadership in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors at the 2018 Lead Where You Stand Conference, June 6-8, at Westmont’s new Global Leadership Center. The three-day event, “Transformational Leadership in the 21st Century: Pursuing the Greater Good in Challenging Times,” is sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership and the Brittingham Family Foundation. Westmont will announce additional speakers in the next few months.

Step outside your daily routine, away from the rapid pace of life, and do some serious work on leadership at this conference.



Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize winner, American biographer, historian and political commentator, has written six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to her latest book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Spielberg and Goodwin worked together on “Lincoln,” based in part on Goodwin’s award-winning “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II,” and she has written best-sellers “Wait Till Next Year,” “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream” and “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” which was later adapted into an award-winning, five-part TV miniseries.

David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The Road to Character,” is one of America’s most prominent political and social commentators. He writes a bi-weekly op-ed column for the New York Times and regularly appears on PBS News Hour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Brooks has also written “The Social Animal,” “On Paradise Drive,” and “Bobos in Paradise.” He worked at the Wall Street Journal for nine years and has written for the New Yorker, Forbes, the Washington Post, and many other periodicals. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has taught at Duke University and teaches a global affairs course on humility at Yale University.

Lynda Weinman, who worked in the film industry as a special effects animator for Dreamquest, cofounded, which she sold to LinkedIn for $1.5 billion in 2015. For more than 30 years, she has spoken on issues ranging from blending technology with education, progressive and alternative education, entrepreneurship, and women in business. She has written more than 16 books on web graphics, as well as guides on programs such as Photoshop and Adobe. offers more than 6,000 courses to businesses, higher education and government. She has received a multitude of awards, including the 2017 Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program. She is president of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Board of Directors.

Gayle Beebe, president at Westmont since 2007, has spent 26 years in higher education. He has authored or edited 10 books and more than 40 articles, including “The Shaping of An Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership” and “Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion.” Leading unprecedented growth at Westmont while facing significant challenges, he has loved attracting new resources to build out the campus, developing new academic and co-curricular programs, and pursuing the next horizon. He received master’s degrees in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, and in business administration in strategic management from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont, and a doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont.


When: June 6 - 8, 2018

Where: Westmont College Global Leadership Center

Registration: $399 until March 1 ($449 after) includes materials, parking and meals.


We’re grateful to the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership for helping to underwrite this conference and for their commitment to developing moral and ethical leaders among the Millennial generation.