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Brooks Headlines In-Person Leadership Conference

Keynote speakers David Brooks, Erin Meyer, Gayle D. Beebe, Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Shaylyn Romney Garrett and Robert Putnam share insights on effective and purposeful leadership at the 2022 Lead Where You Stand Conference June 1-3 at Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Tickets to the three-day event, which cost $499, may be purchased at Those who buy four seats, get one free. 

The Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, the Brittingham Family Foundation, the Montecito Institute and Sunset and Magnolia interior design sponsor the event.

David Brooks Lead Where You Stand
New York Times columnist David Brooks

“As a leader, how do you build an organization that both succeeds and makes an enduring impact on society?” asks Beebe, Westmont president and author of “The Shaping of an Effective Leader.” “At Lead Where You Stand, you’ll hear from world-class speakers, who will inspire you to lead well and pursue the greater good. Whether you’re from the business world, a non-profit organization or the government, you’ll gain valuable new insights and skills.”

Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of the bestselling book “The Road to Character,” is one of America’s most prominent political and social commentators. His most recent book, “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life,” quickly became a New York Times Bestseller. 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. He 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. This is the third year Brooks has been a keynote speaker at the conference.

Erin Meyer speaks at the Lead Where You Stand Conference
Erin Meyer

Meyer, author of “The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business,” is a professor at INSEAD, an international business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Based in Paris, she analyzes how national cultural differences impact business and speaks about cross cultural management and global teamwork. She was selected by Thinkers50 as one of the 50 most influential business thinkers of 2017. In addition, HR Magazine named her as one of the 30 most important HR thinkers of the same year. At INSEAD, she is senior affiliate professor of the organizational behavior department and program director for Leading Across Borders and Cultures, which teaches students how to lead in a complex, cross-border, multicultural environment.

President Gayle D. Beebe

Beebe, Westmont president since 2007, has spent more than a quarter century in higher education. He has authored or edited 10 books and more than 40 articles, including “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.

Marcus Goodloe

Goodloe, senior fellow for ethics and justice at Dallas Baptist University’s Institute for Global Engagement, will speak about “Holding Court with the King: Leadership Lessons from the Life and Times of Martin Luther King Jr.” He is a scholar, mentor, speaker and author of the book “King Maker: Applying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Leadership Lessons in Working with Athletes and Entertainers.”

Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Shaylyn Romney Garrett

Romney Garrett and Putnam co-authored “The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again,” which has been hailed as “a magnificent and visionary book,” and “a must-read for those who wonder how we can reclaim our nation’s promise.”

Romney Garrett also co-wrote “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” which won Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for best political science book of 2010-11. Her opinions, writing, and research have been published in numerous outlets including TIME Magazine, The New York Times, National Public Radio, BBC Radio, and the PBS Newshour. She is a founding contributor to Brooks’ Aspen Institute initiative, Weave: The Social Fabric Project, and co-founded Think Unlimited, a nonprofit venture working to catalyze social innovation in the Middle East.

Robert Putnam
Robert Putnam

Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of public policy at Harvard University, founded the Saguaro Seminar, a program dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. He is the author or fifteen books, including the best-selling “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” and more recently, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” In 2010 he co-authored “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” which won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. He is former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Other speakers include Lynn Aldrich, a sculptor who transforms everyday household or building materials into something unexpected; Anne Snyder, editor-in-chief of Comment magazine and co-editor of the book “Breaking Ground: Charting Our Future in a Pandemic Year”; Reed Sheard, Westmont vice president for college advancement and chief information officer; and Dane Howard, head of UX design and research at Amazon Care and author of the book “The Future of Memories.”

The annual conference, which began in 2015, has also featured keynote speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin, Geoffrey Moore and Jon Meacham.