Luncheon to Train Effective Leaders

Dr. Douglas McKenna

Dr. Douglas McKenna

Doug McKenna, CEO and executive director of the Center of Organizational Leadership, Oceanside Institute, speaks about “The Four Disciplines of Effective Leaders” at a luncheon Friday, Feb. 17, from noon-2 p.m. in Page Hall at Westmont. Tickets to the event, part of the Mosher Center lecture series, Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, cost $25 and may be purchased online at: For more information, please contact special events at (805) 565-6024 or

McKenna, who earned a doctorate in differential psychology at the University of Minnesota, believes leaders need equanimity and self-control to be effective or emotion will trump the intelligence and ability of brilliant, driven people. Through years of practice, research, and teaching, he has discovered how to help individuals control their reactivity and stay composed under pressure.

An organizational psychologist by training, McKenna has taught at George Fox University, Wheaton College and Seattle Pacific University. He was the original architect and general manager of executive and leadership development at Microsoft.

General Stan McChrystal, a bestselling author, a popular college teacher and one of the most revered military officers of his generation, will speak at the 12th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 3, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. Tickets cost $125 per person on the Westmont website. Seating is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The second annual Lead Where You Stand Conference will feature Ron White on the evening of May 31, speaking about “The Long Arc of Moral and Ethical Leadership: Lincoln, Eisenhower and Martin Luther King Jr.” On Thursday, June 1, “A Day with David” features lectures, panel discussions and interactive audience participation with NY Times columnist David Brooks. The conference concludes Friday, June 2, with McKenna and several TED-talk style presentations by leaders from a variety of organizations and industries.