News & Media

Official News From the Office of Communications

Belmont, Parnassus Welcome Best-Selling Author Malcolm Gladwell for Leadership Breakfast

Malcolm Gladwell for Time Magazine by Bill Wadman, October 2008Belmont University’s Executive Learning Network, in joint partnership with Parnassus Books, will host bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell as the keynote speaker during its Leadership Breakfast on Feb. 21 in the Curb Event Center Arena. The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is a supporting sponsor of Gladwell’s appearance.

Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers including his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. With his latest book, David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege.

“As the Center for Executive Education’s Leadership Breakfast series continues to offer valuable professional development opportunities, we are glad to have such a renowned journalist and author share his insight on social sciences and translate his findings into applicable principles for Nashville business leaders,” said Center of Executive Education Director of Executive Learning and Marketing Jill Robinson.

The Spring Leadership Breakfast is open to the general public for $45 per ticket, which covers breakfast, entrance to the program and a complimentary copy of Gladwell’s book David and Goliath. Attendees may register online here. Parnassus Books will also have copies of Gladwell’s other titles available for purchase at the event.

Event Schedule
6:30 a.m.              Registration & Networking
7:30 a.m.              Keynote Address:  David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
9 a.m.                    Book signing

About the Center for Executive Education
The Center for Executive Education at Belmont University has been a premier provider of leadership education for more than 25 years, existing to provide world-class learning to meet the needs of the Nashville community and beyond. The Center provides a full range of executive learning opportunities including its Executive Learning Networks, Executive Leadership Experience, certificate programs and customized solutions. ELN membership consists of senior leaders from over 50 Middle Tennessee companies who seek to learn from one another and national leaders through ongoing networking, speakers’ series and small group discussions.

About Parnassus Books
Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore for independent people, is located in Nashville, Tenn. Co-owned by bestselling author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes, Parnassus stocks the best selections of literature, non-fiction, children’s, local interests, and the arts. With over 250 author events a year, Parnassus continues to help grow Nashville’s literary community.