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All photos by Brad Elliott

2017 Breakfast and Convocation: General Stanley McChrystal
  • President Beebe gives Dr. Goodwin the Westmont Leadership Award

 

2016 Breakfast and Convocation: David Brooks

 

 

2015 Breakfast and Convocation: Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast
  • President Gayle D. Beebe announces the Eaton Center for
Entrepreneurship and Innovation will open in downtown Santa Barbara
May 1
  • Dr. Goodwin examined the leadership qualities of Abraham Lincoln and
Theodore Roosevelt in front of more than 700 attendees.
  • President Beebe gives Dr. Goodwin the Westmont Leadership Award
  • At convocation, Westmont students Matt Browne, Erin Levoir, Jarret
Catlin and Sophia Meulenberg asked Dr. Goodwin several questions.
Provost Mark Sargent is far right.
  • Dr. Goodwin said her next book will examine the leadership qualities
of the presidents she’s studied over the years
  • Dr. Goodwin said that Lincoln was a fantastic storyteller who “laughed
so he did not weep”
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast
  • President Gayle D. Beebe announces the Eaton Center for
Entrepreneurship and Innovation will open in downtown Santa Barbara
May 1
  • Dr. Goodwin examined the leadership qualities of Abraham Lincoln and
Theodore Roosevelt in front of more than 700 attendees.
  • President Beebe gives Dr. Goodwin the Westmont Leadership Award
  • At convocation, Westmont students Matt Browne, Erin Levoir, Jarret
Catlin and Sophia Meulenberg asked Dr. Goodwin several questions.
Provost Mark Sargent is far right.
  • Dr. Goodwin said her next book will examine the leadership qualities
of the presidents she’s studied over the years
  • Dr. Goodwin said that Lincoln was a fantastic storyteller who “laughed
so he did not weep”

 

2014 Breakfast and Convocation: Muhammad Yunus

 

  • The Westmont College Choir began the breakfast with “Nitaimba Sifa” sung in Swahili
  • About 700 people attended the ninth annual event
  • John Ambrecht, chair of the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, thanked the sponsors
  • John Davies, chair of the President’s Breakfast Committee, introduced President Gayle D. Beebe
  • President Beebe spoke briefly about Westmont and introduced Muhammad Yunus
  • George Leis, representative of lead sponsor Union Bank, and President Beebe present Yunus with the Westmont Medal
  • Yunus earned a Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal and the U.S. Congressional Medal
  • Cynthia Toms, director of global education, introduces Yunus at convocation
  • A panel of Westmont students questioned Yunus during convocation
  • Yunus says it’s his stubbornness that keeps him motivated to overcome opposition
  • English major Andy Wood asked how the social business model can be protected from corruption
  • More than a thousand people came to Murchison Gym to listen to Yunus at convocation
  • “I wasn’t trying to change the world, I was just trying to change one person’s life for one day,” Yunus said
  • Yunus shook hands and posed for pictures with fans following the convocation

 

2013 Breakfast and Convocation: Colin Powell

 

  • Retired Gen. Colin Powell shared poignant stories and humorous anecdotes at the President’s Breakfast
on March 1.
  • The breakfast sold out in a few hours, and Powell spoke to more than 750 people.
  • The Westmont College Choir performed “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “Circle of Life.”
  • John Davies, the Westmont Foundation board member who chairs the President’s Breakfast Committee,
introduced President Gayle D. Beebe.
  • Father Simon Thomas from Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church gave the invocation.
  • Westmont alumnus Brad Frohling chairs the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors.
  • President Gayle D. Beebe spoke briefly about Westmont and introduced General Powell.
  • General Powell shared some lessons about leadership he learned from President Ronald Reagan.
  • General Powell noted the resiliency of Americans and their ability to come together to solve problems.
  • Religious studies professor Charles Farhadian moderated the Convocation with General Powell and four
student panelists.
  • Four student panelists questioned General Powell (from left to right): Daniel Gee ’13, Natasha Dass ’13,
Leah Smith ’13 and David Dry ’14.
  • Powell told Westmont students, “There’s an American success story every single day in this country.
Look around this audience—there are American success stories all over the place.”
  • Natasha Dass is majoring in both biology and anthropology.
  • When asked why students should care about decisions made in Washington, D.C., Powell answered,
“Because it is their government, and because the whole system of democracy we have rests on the role
of people. You are the people!”

 

2012 Breakfast and Convocation: Robert Gates

 

  • Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke at the seventh annual Westmont President’s Breakfast March 2.
  • The Westmont College Choir performs “America the Beautiful” at the sold-out event.
  • Westmont Foundation Chair Brad Frohling welcomed more than 750 people to the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort.
  • President’s Breakfast Steering Committee Chair Gerd Jordano welcomed many distinguished guests to the breakfast.
  • President Gayle D. Beebe introduces Dr. Robert Gates, who served as a trusted advisor to eight U.S. presidents of both parties.
  • Dr. Gates explains his vision of how the U.S. can reclaim its confidence and credibility in the global stage.
  • The Westmont Foundation and area businesses sponsor the event to promote discussion and consideration of current issues.
  • Dr. Gates says “compromise has become a dirty word, too often synonymous with a lack of principals or selling out.”
  • Jordano was thanked for chairing the breakfast committee every year since its inception.
  • Susan Penksa, Westmont political science professor, introduces Dr. Gates to more than 1,000 people at convocation in Murchison Gym.
  • President Gayle D. Beebe introduces Dr. Penksa at convocation.
  • In convocation, Dr. Gates said, “Bipartisanship and political will, upon those lines, are somewhere between short supply and non-existent.”
  • Students Emily Dawson, Lauren Gaylord , Wesley Zuidema and Emily Ecklund asked Dr. Gates several questions.
  • Dr. Gates says it’s up to voters to support bipartisan approaches to solutions to our problems.

 

2011 Breakfast and Convocation: Condolezza Rice

 

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  • Student panelists Alissa Klein, Daniel Sargent, Laurel Myers and Tyler Castle with Dr. Rice
  • The Westmont President’s Breakfast has sold out all six years
  • Foundation Chair John Davies hopes to strengthen ties between the college and the community
  • Gerd Jordano is chair of the President’s Breakfast Committee
  • The Westmont College Choir performs a stirring arrangement of “Blessed Assurance”
  • President Gayle D. Beebe introduced Dr. Rice to the breakfast
  • Dr. Rice says Westmont teaches students that faith and reason are not enemies of one another
  • Dr. Rice talked about freedom, democracy and education to the crowd of more than 860
  • Susan Penksa, Westmont professor of political science, introduces Dr. Rice at convocation
  • Dr. Rice has served as both national security advisor and U.S. secretary of state
  • Dr. Rice recently published a book, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family”
  • Dr. Rice answered questions from a student panel in Westmont’s Murchison Gym
  • At convocation, Dr. Rice candidly answered questions about the decision to attack Iraq
  • When talking about rising tension in the Middle East, Dr. Rice said no one deserves to live in tyranny
  • Dr. Rice says we must continue to believe that there are no people without the right DNA for democracy
  • Susan Penksa and Dr. Rice share the stage at convocation in front of about 2,000 people
  • The student panelists are majoring in political science or history
  • Dr. Rice said that education is a powerful, transforming force
  • Political unrest in the Middle East gave weight to Dr. Rice’s comments about democracy
  • Dr. Rice admitted that democracy is inefficient, messy and disruptive