Women & Leadership

Women and Leadership

Our Mission

The Women and Leadership Alliance is a joint endeavor to support and promote student programs at the Claremont Colleges that will highlight issues faced by women in leadership in business, government and the professions. Entities currently involved include the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the Center for Human Rights, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Dean of Students Office, the Dean of Faculty Office, the Office of Development, the Center for Global Education, CMS Athletics, Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research and Engagement of the Claremont Colleges, and the CGU School of Educational Studies.

PLEN - The Public Leadership Education Network Preparing Women to Lead


Women, Business, and Policy
Washington, DC

Seminar Dates
October 1-3, 2015

Registration Deadline
September 17, 2015

Scholarship Deadline
September 8, 2015

See the Women, Business, and Policy flyer.

Recent WLA Sponsored Events

6th Annual Women and Leadership Workshop

Sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Women and Leadership Alliance

Three events in one:
Lunch with Poet and Spoken Word Artist
Azure Antoinette

Azure Antoinette

Dialogue on Finding, Acknowledging, and Using Your Voice

Roundtable Discussions with Female Leaders in Consulting, Entertainment, Medicine, Non-Profit, Education, Government, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Friday, February 20, 2015 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Speaker at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dialogue and Roundtable Discussions in CMC’s McKenna Auditorium

All 7C students are welcome! Please register early - space is limited. Registration will close Thursday, February 12, 2015 or when the event is full.

Register: http://bit.ly/1zDq71Y

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Sara Thompson (sara.thompson@cmc.edu) or Marisa Walter (marisa.walter@cmc.edu)

See the 6th Annual Women and Leadership Workshop poster.

Arn Chorn Pond

Wednesday, April 15th, 6:45pm: Arn Chorn Pond, “Child of War, Man of Peace”. Cambodian Genocide survivor, author of Never Fall Down, and founder of Cambodian Living Arts, CMC Athenaeum. Mr. Pond’s talk is sponsored by members of the WLA, including the Berger Institute, the Center for Human Rights, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.


Thursday, March 5th: International Women’s Day. CMC’s I-Place is sponsoring a lunch and speaker in McKenna Auditorium and all are welcome! 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Hunting Ground

Tuesday, March 3rd, 7pm: A special sneak preview of The Hunting Ground, a film exploring sexual crime on college campuses and institutional cover-ups. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the Director, Kirby Dick. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Fund of Scripps College, and Pomona College. The screening will be held at Garrison Theater, Scripps College campus.

Mignon Fogarty

Monday, March 2nd: Mignon Fogarty (aka “Grammar Girl”) will speak at the Ath, 6pm. She is also known as “your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language,” and the founder and managing editor of Quick and Dirty Tips. A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science websites. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study.


Saturday, February 14th: CMC Parents Weekend. Join us for our second annual One Billion Rising Event from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Parents Field. All are invited!


January 13 - 16, 2015: Women's Leadership in Public Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.
Registration Deadline December 12, 2014
PDF Flyer


January 5 - 8, 2015: Science and Health Policy: Critical Issues Seminar in Washington, D.C.
Registration Deadline December 5, 2014
PDF Flyer


Monday, November 10th: Careers in Entertainment panel discussion. All students, faculty and staff welcome! We'll meet in CMC's Freeberg Forum from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Monday, October 27th: Careers in Psychology panel discussion. All students, faculty and staff welcome! We'll meet in CMC's Freeberg Forum from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Jenn Mattson

Friday, October 24th: Join us for lunch at the Ath with journalist Jenn Mattson, a former radio producer for “The Connection” and an editor for NPR. She spent over six years as a producer for CNN and has been based in Eastern Europe as well as in Asia. She will also conduct an afternoon breakout session with students on “Writing the 800-Word Essay.” Her work has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Women’s Review of Books, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @jennifermattson. Click here to reserve your spot.

Susan Wood

Wednesday, October 15, 2014: Dr. Susan Wood, who resigned as director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health in 2005, when the George W. Bush administration chose to delay indefinitely a decision on whether emergency contraceptives should be sold over the counter. She is now an associate professor of health policy at George Washington University.

Manisha Priyam

Thursday, September 25, 2014: Dr. Manisha Priyam, a leading researcher focusing on politics and development, especially in the Indian context. Please join us for lunch in the Athenaeum (luncheon 11:30am, program at noon) to hear her analyze the implications of the massive election in the world’s largest and most diverse democracy. Please click here for more information.

Janet Mock

Monday, September 15, 2014: Janet Mock is the acclaimed author of the 2014 memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Please click here for more information and to reserve your space at the Athenaeum dinner.