President's Breakfast 2024 Richard Haass

19th Annual President's Breakfast

March 1, 2024, 7-9 a.m.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort


Now in its nineteenth year, Westmont College  consistently engages some of the most fascinating and impactful individuals of our time to address Santa Barbara community leaders on significant and timely topics. 


Books by Dr. Haas

The veteran diplomat and respected scholar of international relations is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. Haass served in the State Department under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, at the White House under George H.W. Bush, and at the Pentagon under Jimmy Carter. He was US envoy to the Cyprus negotiations and the Northern Ireland peace process, and after 9/11 was US coordinator for the future of Afghanistan. 

Dr. Haass is the author or editor of fourteen books on American foreign policy, one book on management, and one on American democracy. His latest book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, was published by Penguin Press in January 2023 and became a New York Times best seller. He also authors a weekly newsletter, Home & Away, available on Substack. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Haass holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, the masters and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Oxford University, and numerous honorary degrees. He is the recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award. Dr. Haass, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, lives with his wife in New York City.

President's Breakfast 2024 Sponsors




The Westmont Foundation, businesses and individuals sponsor the President’s Breakfast to promote discussion of significant issues. For event sponsorship opportunities, contact Steve Baker, Westmont associate vice president for advancement, at (805) 565-7156.

The President's Breakfast has hosted an array of speakers:

President's Breakfast Past Speakers
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