Brooks Tops In-Person Leadership Conference

By Scott Craig   |   April 26, 2022
David Brooks returns to speak at Westmont (photo by Brad Elliott)

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 & Magnolia interior design sponsor the event.

“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 nonprofit 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.

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. 

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.” 

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.

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.”

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.


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