Speakers

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 Lynda.com, 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. Lynda.com 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.

Reed Sheard, who joined Westmont in October 2008, serves as Westmont CIO and vice president for advancement. He was named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader for 2015. Sheard graduated from University of Sioux Falls, earned a master’s of divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Seattle University. Previously, he worked at General Electric, Apple Inc., Consonus Inc. and George Fox University as an assistant professor of leadership studies.

Dane Howard, Global Head of Design & Product Experience at Samsung NEXT. Dane is a design leader and entrepreneur. As a creative generator, he designs momentum for world class products, services and brands. He has built, grown and led teams for both start-ups and big companies. He also co-founded a start-up which was acquired by eBay in 2008. He loves to mine the experience potential in companies, and is a humble leader driven by purpose.

Dane is an author, speaker, designer, and father. He authored of 'The Future of Memories' and is advisor to 'standbeautiful.me', an an anti-bullying movement promoting the acceptance of self and others. Dane frequently speaks on design & culture transformation.

Carmel Saad, assistant professor of psychology, joined the Westmont faculty in 2012. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and earned a Master of Arts degree and a doctorate in social and personality psychology at UC Davis. She has taught at Napa Valley College, UC Davis and the University of the Pacific. She is an Egyptian-American whose research focuses on bicultural identities and is interested in studying dual non-cultural identities and creativity. Her specialty is the experience of biculturalism, and she examines the relationship between bicultural identity integration and cultural frame switching. She explores cultural influences on emotion, creativity, self-concept, and mental health. She has also studied and published work on implicit bias.

Andrea Gurney, professor of psychology, began teaching at Westmont in 2005, and is a practicing clinical psychologist. She earned her doctorate at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in couples and family counseling and a pre-doctoral internship in individual therapy at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Santa Barbara Psychological Association. She was the 2015 Outstanding Teacher in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences.

Doug McKenna is CEO and executive director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the Oceanside Institute. He brings a strong, diverse portfolio of experience to his leadership development practice. The original architect and general manager of executive and leadership development at Microsoft, Doug discovered that staying composed under pressure was the first step to leadership mastery. He believes executives need equanimity and self-control to lead effectively or emotion trumps the IQ of brilliant, driven people. He earned a doctorate in differential psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Chandra Mallampalli, who has taught history at Westmont since 2001, was installed as the Fletcher Jones Foundation professor in the social sciences in February. He earned a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research focuses on the intersection of religion, law and society in colonial India. He conducted research in India and the UK with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his book, “Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India.” His most recent book, “A Muslim Conspiracy in British India?” examines tensions between colonial rulers and India’s Muslims during the years of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42). He is under contract by Oxford University Press to write a general history of Christianity in South Asia.

Rachel Rains Winslow, director of the Westmont Center for Social Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of history, has written a book, “The Best Possible Immigration: International Adoption and the American Family,” which investigates how the adoption of foreign children by U.S. families has become a common practice, touching almost every American. She is a 20th-century U.S. historian whose research and teaching interests include race, family, gender, childhood, and social policy, especially in transnational and interdisciplinary contexts. She also coordinates the Westmont Downtown Semester. She graduated from the University of Rochester, earned a master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and completed a doctorate at UC Santa Barbara.

Mark L. Sargent, began serving as Westmont provost and dean of faculty in spring 2012 following 15 years as provost of Gordon College. In his nearly 40 years of Christian higher education, he has also served as vice president and chief academic officer at Spring Arbor University and associate dean at Biola University. He has served as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and been selected as the national Chief Academic Officer of the Year by the Council of Independent Colleges. He earned a bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara and a master’s and doctorate at Claremont Graduate University.

Ken Rogers is a faculty member at the College of Information and Cyberspace and serves as the U.S. Department of State’s deputy chief information officer for business, management, and planning at the Bureau of Information Resource Management. He provides executive leadership to five offices: strategy planning, portfolio management and budget; enterprise architecture; strategic workforce planning; digital diplomacy; and governance performance and policy. He serves as the executive liaison between the Department of State and the White House Office of Science and Technology, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress on all matters related to innovation and investment in information technology. He has more than 30 years of experience working with multinationals, U.S. and foreign government agencies, non-profit organizations, and small business start-ups. He graduated from Westmont and has earned three master’s degrees.

Don Patterson, associate professor of computer science, studies the interface of ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. He researches applications, algorithms and systems that use intelligent context to support situated sustainable computing and has published numerous papers. He earned a doctorate in computer sciences at the University of Washington. Previously, he served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer in Italy and Japan. He has co-founded more than four start-up companies based on his research. Before coming to Westmont in 2015, he worked at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC at Irvine, where he received tenure and served as director of the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction.