Westmont continues the national dialogue on the critical significance of moral and ethical leadership. A new season of talks features eminent historians and commentators who reflect on the qualities associated with effective and inspiring leadership.
The Road to Character and the Five Great Commitments
March 4, 7 a.m.
The Fess Parker
All four lectures and the President’s Breakfast
November 20, 12 noon
$100 | La Pacifica Ballroom and Terrace,
David Gergen, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership and professor of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, has advised four U.S. presidents. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.” He is a senior political analyst for CNN.
A speechwriter in the Nixon White House, Gergen later worked in the Ford administration and the 1980 Bush presidential campaign. He served as director of communications for Ronald Reagan and advised the Clinton administration on domestic and foreign affairs.
Gergen joined the Harvard faculty in 1999. As co-director of the Center for Public Leadership, he works closely with a rising generation of younger leaders. The center prepares students to serve as leaders for the common good and promotes scholarship at the frontiers of leadership studies. In the 1980s, Gergen began a career in journalism and became a regular commentator on public affairs. Twice he has covered elections on teams that won Peabody awards. In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, and he appears frequently on CNN.
Gergen graduated with honors from both Yale College and Harvard Law School and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for more than three years, posted to a ship in Japan.
February 5, 12 noon
$100 | Loggia Ballroom,
Santa Barbara Biltmore
Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe professor of history and American studies and professor of political science and (by courtesy) law at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. His book Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History, the 1997 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award, and the 1998 Society of the Cincinnati Book Prize.
His other books include: The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress; James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic; Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents; The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence: and Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America, a finalist for the George Washington Prize.
He has edited several books on topics such as the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and published numerous op-ed articles in major newspapers. A consultant and expert witness in several cases involving 18th century Indian land claims in New York, he has written four amicus curiae briefs for the Supreme Court, including one cited in D.C. v. Heller (2008), the leading Second Amendment case. He graduated from Haverford College, studied at the University of Edinburgh and earned a doctorate in history at Harvard.
March 4, 7 a.m.
$125 | The Fess Parker
A Doubletree Resort by Hilton
Registration begins soon
A witty and astute commentator on politics and society, David Brooks has focused on character and commitment in his best-selling book The Road to Character. He explores the journey to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues” that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness. Humor, insight and quiet passion characterize his observations about the American way of life.
One of America’s most prominent political commentators, he writes a bi-weekly op-ed column for the New York Times and regularly appears on PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His previous books include The Social Animal, On Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. Brooks 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.
June 1, 6 p.m.
$100 | Westmont College
Ronald C. White Jr. is the author of eight books including A. Lincoln: A Biography, a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The biography won the coveted Christopher Award in 2010, which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
White also wrote Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002 and a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club. White is presently writing a comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant, titled American Ulysses, which will be published in 2016 by Random House.
He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour. White graduated from UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary and earned a doctorate in religion and history from Princeton University. He has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Rider University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, Calif.
White will be a keynote speaker at Lead Where You Stand, a three day conference held June 1-3, 2016. For more information about the conference, please contact us here.
June 2, 6 p.m.
$100 | Westmont College
Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist and author who specializes in twentysomethings, has spent 15 years listening to, teaching, researching, writing and speaking about this group. She considers our 20s the critical period of adult development and argues that this group plays a critical role in the economy and workforce that needs to be better understood. Her book, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, details what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, economists and reproductive specialists know about the unique power of the twentysomething years. Combining personal stories and scientific research, the book offers help for both twentysomethings and organizations seeking to manage their youngest employees.
Slate.com named The Defining Decade a Best Book of 2012, and it was nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award. Meg’s popular TED talk, “Why 30 is not the New 20,” has received more than 7.33 million views. Forbes.com praised it as “one of five bright, inspiring ideas from the 2013 conference.” Mashable.com chose it as one of 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life. A clinical assistant professor at University of Virginia, Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and gender studies from UC Berkeley.
Jay will be a keynote speaker at Lead Where You Stand, a three day conference held June 1-3, 2016. For more information about the conference, please contact us here.