Tag archives: leaders

Luncheon Empowers Future Women Leaders
By Scott Craig   |   November 28, 2023

The Westmont Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon features Natalie Taylor, certified financial planner and behavioral financial advisor, on Friday, January 19, 2024, 12-2 pm in the Global Leadership Center. A limited number of tickets, which cost $100 per person, may be purchased online at westmont.tfaforms.net/4651902. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact […]

The Fund for Santa Barbara
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 1, 2023

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Development and Communications Manager – Alina Rey Keswani – is understandably proud that Bread & Roses, the organization’s major annual fundraiser, is marking its 30th anniversary this fall. The benefit event that has long been a staple on the social calendar of many in the community has survived massive growth, […]

By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   March 14, 2023

Some people are said to be born leaders. But we don’t hear so much about born followers. However, born or not, the followers are the vast majority of any population, and they need good leaders – although, in a time of crisis, a leader may emerge who will lead everybody in the wrong direction. The […]

Scholar Gives Insight into MLK’s Legacy
By Scott Craig   |   October 18, 2022

Clayborne Carson, the world-renowned and acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and director of the King Papers Project, speaks at Westmont’s Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership luncheon on Friday, November 4, from 12-1:30 pm in the Simmons Center of Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Carson will present “The Lives and Shared Legacy of Coretta […]

Touching Hearts With Fire
By Gwyn Lurie   |   October 4, 2022

As an advisor to four U.S. Presidents, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, David Gergen had a front row seat to the highest levels of power and leadership in this country. As an editor for U.S. News and World Report, and a commentator on PBS and CNN, Mr. Gergen became a steady and rational voice on […]

The Fund for Santa Barbara
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 5, 2022

The Supreme Court ruling that reversed the half-century old landmark Roe v. Wade decision had been handed down only hours before, but The Fund for Santa Barbara was already scrambling to respond in the wake of the decision.  “It’s a national issue, but there’s actually so much that could be done at the local level […]

Conference Offers Leadership Lessons
By Scott Craig   |   June 14, 2022

Westmont’s eighth annual Lead Where You Stand conference featured a trove of inspirational speakers who challenged the crowd and offered practical experience and guidance for their own lives June 1-3 at the college’s Global Leadership Center.  Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett detailed how America has reached historic levels of political polarization, economic inequality, social […]

Brooks Tops In-Person Leadership Conference
By Scott Craig   |   April 26, 2022

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 westmont.edu/lead. Those who […]

Looking to Create “Positive Change”
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 21, 2021

In its short 13-year history, Leading From Within — which was founded in 2008 as the Courage to Lead program that was created to offer renewal to experienced nonprofit executive leaders while also offering leadership development — has already had quite an impact in town. More than 60 executive directors have participated in the year-long […]

What To Do with Governor Newsom
By Jeff Harding   |   September 9, 2021

The problem with Gov. Gavin Newsom is that he is not a leader. Like most politicians he follows the money to keep his office in a blue state. In California, that means the liberal-Progressive political leadership who control politics in the state. The result has been a California that is on a downward slide. To […]

EYC 2.0: Endowment for Youth Committee Looks Beyond Money to Provide Long-Term Opportunity
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 17, 2021

The Endowment for Youth Committee is one of the oldest nonprofits serving the needs of African American students and the greater Black community on the Central Coast, with a history that dates back 35 years. But before Guy R. Walker stepped in as executive director in 2015, the EYC had struggled to continue as a […]

The Career Path of a Nonprofit Leader
By Ken Saxon   |   March 4, 2021

Through my work at Leading From Within over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to know many nonprofit leaders. They’re a special group of people that are uniquely called to make the world better than they found it. Many of them sacrifice a great deal in their commitment to help others. Where do these […]

Historian Nancy Koehn Speaks on Courageous Leadership
By Scott Craig   |   February 18, 2021

A celebrated Harvard historian and bestselling author, Nancy Koehn will discuss courageous and principled leadership at the 16th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 5, at 8 am. Tickets to the virtual event, which cost $35, go on sale February 12 at westmont.edu/breakfast. Koehn, the James E. Robison professor of business administration at the Harvard […]

Merry Charismas
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   January 18, 2018

Some people are instantly likeable, some just the opposite. We hear much about “born leaders,” but most of us are probably born followers. And why not, so long as we’re being led in the right direction? That is the trouble.  This quality called “charisma” (an expression relatively new to our modern vocabulary, though its roots […]

Community Leaders Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   December 21, 2017

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara gives a Community Leaders Luncheon to thank its donors and volunteers. This year, there were 350 folks attending at the Fess Parker – many to be thanked. Board chair Don Logan told the group, “This year we gave $8.44 million in scholar ships to 2,688 students and helped 25,000 […]

Lead Us Not
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   December 7, 2017

Everything is supposed to depend on how you look at things. Reality is simply what you tell yourself. But you have to be convincing. (The trouble begins when you stop believing your own lies.) A good leader (in my view) ought to do that job for you, e.g., by providing you with inspirational pep-talks – […]