Women and Leadership Alliance

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.

How We Began

In 2010, students at CMC approached Sarah Smith Orr (then Executive Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at CMC) about the need and desire for female leadership mentors on campus. Support quickly came together for the first Women & Leadership Workshop, designed to support all 7-C students during their time of preparation for post-graduation opportunities and employment, as well as connecting students with successful women leaders representing fields such as law, non-profit, entrepreneurship, finance, consulting, entertainment, education, government service, marketing, and health services. We decided to capitalize on the momentum generated by the workshop’s success, and thus, the Women & Leadership Alliance was born.

Who We Are

We welcome and encourage involvement from all of the educational institutions in Claremont. Currently, we have representatives from the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the Mgrublian 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. Please join us! Contact Celeste Ladd for more information.

Women and Gender Leadership Fund

The Women and Leadership Alliance and CMC are excited to launch the Women and Gender Leadership Initiative. This two-part initiative consists of program facilitation and the funding of student proposals focused on student education and engagement around gender and leadership.

The fund invites students of all genders identities to propose projects focused on building awareness and empowering women and other gender identities.

More details about the initiative.


Fall 2017 Events

Tuesday, September 26 – WLA Meeting – 12:15-1:15 pm in Kravis LC 61. Faculty, staff, and students welcome!

Monday, October 2 -  Women and Gender Leadership Fund Application Deadline (see above information)

Thursday, October 26 - Scripps Presents: Nasty Women Series, Hampton Room. The series concludes with a noon-time ConverAction on female identity, feminism, and politics. (For more info, contact: clesser@scrippscollege.edu)

Thursday, October 26 - Scripps in Residence, Hannah-Beth Jackson ’71, California State Senator and Poppy MacDonald ’97, President, POLITICO USA, Conversation and Refreshments from 4-5pm in the Hampton Living Room.

Wednesday, November 1 - Gayle Greene (Emerita Professor of English, Scripps) reading/discussion on her new memoir, Missing Persons. 4:15 - 5:30 p.m., Founders Room, Honnold Mudd Library.

Friday, November 3 - Claremont students are invited to attend the UCR conference, Women’s Political Engagement: Persist 2017. Speakers include California Senator Connie Leyva and Assembly members Eloise Gomez Reyes and Sabrina Cervantes.  There will be multiple panels and workshops on women’s political leadership, including workshops with IGNITE. IFC will pay for lunch and is organizing transportation.  Workshop is from 10am - 5:30pm. Website:  http://go.ucr.edu/persist/

Saturday, November 4 - Flirting with Fascism? TRUMP and THE CHALLENGE TO DEMOCRACY. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre at Pomona

Wednesday, November 8 - WLA Coffee Cart, Hub Patio.



Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children

Claremont McKenna College
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-2928
Fax: (909) 607-9672

Campus Location

Bauer Center, Third Floor
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711