What constitutes leadership? When one is designated a "leader," what are the particular obligations of leadership? How are these responsibilities expressed in ethical terms? Does ethical leadership imply social responsibility? Is leadership different age to age?
In Chautauqua Institution's annual Applied Ethics exploration, speakers examine leadership from the points of view of business and politics, education and sports, from those who make headlines and from those who lead by following.
Nancy Gibbs is TIME’s deputy managing editor, the No. 2 editorial position at the magazine. Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best magazine writers in the country, she is the author of more than 150 TIME cover articles. Her story for the black-bordered special issue on September 11, 2001, won the National Magazine Award, and she was the lead TIME writer on virtually every major news event, from Oklahoma City to Hurricane Katrina, as well as the past five presidential campaigns.
She is the co-author, with TIME’s Michael Duffy, of the New York Times best-selling book The Presidents Club, which was published in April 2012 by Simon & Schuster. The two editors also co-authored The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (Center Street, 2007). After the 2008 election, Politico.com described Gibbs as “the poet laureate of Presidents.”
Ms. Gibbs graduated from Yale summa cum laude, with honors in history, and has a degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford, where she was a Marshall scholar. Her writing is included in The Princeton Anthology of Writing, Best Political Writing 2005 and numerous writing textbooks. She has twice served as the Ferris Professor at Princeton, where she taught a seminar on politics and the press.
Ms. Gibbs lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.
David Westin was the president of ABC News from March 1997 through December 2010. He oversaw all editorial and business aspects of the news division. He previously appeared on Chautauqua's lecture platform in 2007 to discuss "The Media and News: Applied Ethics."
During his tenure, Westin has guided several award-winning, division-wide reporting efforts, including "ABC 2000," the 24-hour broadcast from around the world that brought in the new millennium, ABC News' coverage of 9/11, its coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the series "Iraq: Where Things Stand," and extensive reports on health and wellness issues, including lung cancer, breast cancer, the pharmaceutical industry and health care in America. In addition, ABC News has partnered with Time magazine to produce series on global warming, traffic and obesity, and with USA Today to report on pain, living longer and loose nukes.
Under Westin's leadership, ABC News became the first American news organization to broadcast live from North Korea, to broadcast live from the Potala Palace in Tibet, to broadcast a regularly scheduled morning program in high definition, and to provide high-definition coverage of a presidential State of the Union address. In 2008 ABC News became the first broadcast network in history to air debates among presidential candidates in primetime during a primary season when it aired back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.
Westin holds bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Michigan.