Past Events

Past events hosted by members of the WLA include:

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

Friday, April 28, 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
Power of Women, The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children will welcome to campus the founders of StyleLikeU, a mother-daughter, entrepreneur duo, leading a movement that empowers people to accept and express their true selves. We will learn about self-acceptance and break down harmful stereotypes our country faces daily through speech and workshop activities.
Friday, April 28th in McKenna Auditorium Lunch* + Talk: 11:00AM – noon Workshop: Noon - 2:00PM, followed by book sale and signing.

Friday, April 28, 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Compassionate Activism Workshop with Sandra Kim at the Pomona College Women’s Union. Sandra Kim is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism. As a person with marginalized identities, she is committed to intersectional feminism that is focused on personal and social liberation for everyone. She will be the keynote speaker at the 7C Lavender Graduation 2017.

Monday, April 24 at 11:45 a.m.
This Creative Life: How to Survive and Succeed without Breaking Your Heart and Losing Your Mind with Gabriela Pereira sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, & Children at CMC.

Thursday, April 20
“From Acceptance to Allyship: Creating a Supportive Environment for Trans and Non-Binary Co-Workers and Students.” Lunch at the Athenaeum with panelists Nancy Williams, Amy Peterson, Al Forbes, and Mo Dyson. Organized by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Sequence at CMC, this panel will offer insight and strategies that move beyond simple conversations (“Trans 101”) around trans and non-binary people to more challenging and complex situations, in order to move beyond typical assumptions and to create positive environments where trans and non-binary students and colleagues can really thrive.

Thursday, April 13
Brown Bag Lunch with Joe Parker, Professor of International and Intercultural Studies at Pitzer College. From noon-1:00pm at Scripps College (Vita Nova 104). He will discuss his forthcoming book, Democracy Behind the Nation State: Practicing Equality, and its implications for addressing gender inequalities in organizing practices. How might democracy serve all rather than the few?

Monday, April 10
Screening of SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic, 4:15pm in Balch Auditorium at Scripps College. This documentary frames a story in the world’s northernmost inhabited town of Greenland. Here, a tiny community of Inuit subsistence hunters and a team of polar scientists bear witness, in different ways, to the transforming environment. Q&A with filmmaker Corina Gamma follows the screening.

Thursday, April 6
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Descombes Quad, Claremont Graduate University. CGU's fourth annual Career and Networking Fair is sponsored by the School of Community and Global Health.

Saturday, February 25
9:00 am-noon, Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps
The Women’s Health and Empowerment Symposium presents: Interactive policy workshop - WPI To Go

WPI To Go is a policy-making and advocacy workshop based on the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute, a yearlong training program for grassroots leaders that has produced new state laws and progressive changes at the county level. 
WPI To Go will provide training in:
 
·       Civics 101 - the public policy process, players, and politics in California
·       How to use the California legislative website to find information on legislators, committees, and legislation
·       How to make your voice heard in the process.
 
Additionally, WPI fellows** will be on hand to discuss current policy projects.
WPI To Go is free and open to individuals of all gender identities. 
 
Information on Women’s Health and Empowerment Symposium

Friday, February 24
The WLA hosts “The 8th Annual Women & Leadership Workshop, from noon-4pm. Stay tuned for details!

Lunch at the Ath with Professor Lee Skinner, who will be discussing how 19th-century Spanish American writers re-imagined gender roles, modernization, and national identity during Spanish America’s uneven transition toward modernity.

Thursday, January 26
Laspa Center for Leadership Summit and Dinner: Leading for Good, at 5:30PM in the Hampton Room at Scripps College.

Wednesday, January 25
Publishing and Diversity: A Panel Discussion at the Ath. Join authors and alumni Camille Griep ’99, Yi Shun Lai ’96, executive editor Rachel Kahan (William Morrow), and book publicist Kima Jones (Jack Jones Literary Arts) for a panel discussion regarding he current state of the book publishing industry and the representation of diverse voices and genres in the field. Dinner starts at 5:30, discussion open to the public begins at 6:00pm.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The WLA hosts “Coffee Cart” from 2:00-4:00pm in Flamson Plaza. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Forum on Gender, Race, and Religion and the Presidential Election
Albrecht Auditorium at CGU.
Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Food available starting at 11:45am.
Confirmed speakers include:
Patrick Mason, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities
Jean Schroedel, Professor of Politics and Policy
Dionne Bensonsmith, Adjunct Professor of AWS/WGS
Thomas Keith, Adjunct Professor of AWS/WGS

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Gender and Sexuality Studies Sequence, pre-registration tea at the Ath, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Learn more about the Sequence. All are welcome!

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Drucker Day at CGU, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pre-registration required, $10 for CC students; $100 (use coupon code 7cs to receive discount of $50)

Friday, November 4, 2016
CIE features Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh CMC ‘92, The Hive, 2–5 p.m.

Friday, October 28, 2016
WLA Meeting -- come, and bring your friends
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Kravis LC63


Join us for “The Next Wave,” a conference to celebrate the pioneering work and impact of Applied Women’s Studies!

What kinds of social change and careers are possible for Applied Women’s Studies students at Claremont Graduate University?

Come and listen to answers from AWS Director Linda Perkins and alumni with AWS backgrounds at “The Next Wave: Effecting Change Through Applied Women’s Studies,” a special conference on October 14 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this pioneering program and how its graduates are changing the world.

The day’s program features keynote remarks by leadership expert, alumna, and AWS mentor Dr. Sarah Smith Orr and the story of the program’s creation from its first director, Jean Schroedel. The conference includes several alumni panel discussions on how internships and an interdisciplinary approach have positioned them for careers in politics, policy, activism, the non-profit and for-profit sectors, education, as parents, and much more.

Your voices are important to this event. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and informal conversation and concludes with a networking reception at the university’s President’s house: we want you to have chances to share your experiences and questions with each other and our conference participants.

The Next Wave: Effecting Change Through Applied Women’s Studies

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Albrecht Auditorium at Claremont Graduate University
924 North Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont

 

Spring 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014: Nanci Ricks will be speaking about her work with the Dalit (“Untouchables”) population in India in Parents Dining Room at noon. She is the founder of the Dalit Freedom Network as well as the author of To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving The ‘Untouchables’- The Dalit.

Nanci Ricks
April 25th, 12pm
CMC Athenaeum, Parents Dining Room
To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving The ‘Untouchables’- The Dalit

Nanci first traveled to India in November of 2000. As she shares in her 2009 book, To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving The ‘Untouchables’- The Dalit, “I did not know what lay ahead when I boarded that plane bound for cyclone- devastated rural villages in Eastern India…Nor did I know how desperately my skills as a physical therapist specializing in pediatric burn care would be needed on that medical team. I had assumed that once this 2 week trip was over… I would never again have anything to do with India. I could not have been more wrong.”

Nanci co-founded and directed the Dalit Freedom Network from 2001 to 2008. The Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) is an NGO that partners with the Dalit people in India to emancipate them. DFN has testified several times in front of Congress. On behalf of DFN, Nanci testified before the Human Rights Committee in 2007 on the condition of women in India. By the time Nanci left her leadership position at DFN, they were taking over 50 teams a year to India. In 2008-09, Nanci facilitated work on a documentary about trafficking in India called “Friendly Captivity.”

For the past 4 years, Nanci has been working as an Associate Pastor, leading annual medical mission trips to Calcutta and starting a new school in a village outside of Calcutta. In 2013, the medical mission trip aided 3,000 Dalits in one week. She has personally sponsored several children and has mentored and mobilized many young leaders to look beyond their circumstances and make positive changes in the world.

Nanci originally received a degree in pediatric physical therapy and worked with burn and head injury survivors at Children’s Hospital in Denver. She is an outdoor enthusiast and the mother of 4 young adults.


Thursday, March 6, 2014: Film producer Sarah Johnson Redlich will be speaking at the Athenaeum. Ms. Redlich was the Executive Producer on such films as Miss Representation , which explores the portrayal of women in the media and how it diminishes the influence of women in the public sphere, The Invisible War , and the upcoming The Mask You Live In , which asks: as a society, how are we failing our boys? Talk at 6:45pm is free and open to all. Miss Representation will be screening throughout the afternoon of March 6th in Freeberg Lounge in the Athenaeum.


Friday, March 7, 2014 A screening of Honor Diaries in Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall, Pitzer College. The film features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connection to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in dialogue about gender inequality. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with Raquel Saraswati, one of the stars of the film.

See Honor Diaries poster.


Thursday, February 13, 2014: Kathy DeBoer, at noon in the Athenaeum. Ms. DeBoer is currently Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the author of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently. DeBoer examines many of the non-physical differences between the sexes (their values and fears, conversation, behavior, psychological adjustment, etc.), then helps define these and other variables as they relate to gender differences in both competitive play and competitive work environments. Finally, DeBoer offers detailed suggestions on how men and women can communicate, understand, and ultimately overcome their differences.


Friday, February 7, 2014: 5th Annual Woman and Leadership Workshop

Three events in one: Lunch with Michelle Bauman '89 - Personal & Executive Coach "Creating a Context for Success: Leading Yourself So You Can Lead Others", Networking Reception and Networking roundtable discussion with female leaders in consulting, education, government, media, science and more!

Workshop begins at 11:30 am with lunch followed by the networking reception and roundtable discussions at the Marian Miner Cooke Athenaeum.

Please register for the event by February 5, 2014: http://bit.ly/1c9EIbm.

See flyer for additional information and registration.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014: Eve Ensler, at noon in the Athenaeum. Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist; author, The Vagina Monologues (1996) and In the Body of the World: A Memoir (2013); creator of V-Day; co-founder of City of Joy, Congo; "V-Day: One Billion Rising for Justice"

 

Fall 2013 Events

 

September 23, 2013: Gloria Allred, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

September 30, 2013: Jackson Katz, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Co-founder, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP – 1993); film creator, Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000); author, Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood (2012) and The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help (2006); “More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women.”

Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of American Volleyball Coaches Association and author of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently. Spring 2014.

Dawn Dekle, President, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Fall 2014.

November 12, 2013: Film Screening “The Light in Her Eyes”
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Produced in association with American Documentary POV.
The screening is hosted in collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

December 2, 2013: "Eye of the Wikistorm: The Future of Feminist Technoculture Histories"
Please join FemTechNet in a moderated discussion between Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, Occidental College, and Professor Jacqueline Wernimont, Scripps College, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Hampton Room of Scripps College.


Spring 2013 Events

April 22, 2013: Nann Keohane, part of the President’s Distinguished Speaker Series, in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

April 3, 2013: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

March 8, 2013: 4th Annual Women & Leadership Workshop. The keynote speaker was Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author and President of Berkhemer Clayton, Inc. – Retained Executive Search. The networking lunch and reception included a roundtable with female leaders in consulting, education, government, media, science, and more. Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and members of the Women and Leadership Alliance. This event took place in McKenna Auditorium.

March 1, 2013: 4th Annual WLA Women and Leadership Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and members of the Women and Leadership Alliance. This event will take place in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. More information to come!

November 9-11, 2012: 2012 Women, Law & Public Policy Seminar, hosted by the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). PLEN's Women, Law & Public Policy Seminar explores the ways that the law shapes and interacts with public policy in Washington, D.C. Students who attend make connections with women leaders who work in the policy field, get advice on preparing for law school, and develop the professional skills needed to get a job and launch policy careers post-graduation. Outstanding college women interested in exploring careers in public policy and the law can apply for scholarships to attend. Application deadline for scholarships: September 28th. Registration deadline: October 5th.

November 8, 2012: Ann Meyers Drysdale, the only woman to sign a free agent contract with the NBA. Currently the Vice President of the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Time has called her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time. This event, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, is sponsored by CMS Athletics, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the Center for Human Rights Leadership.

October 31, 2012: Anita Hill, currently Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University. Sponsored by the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

October 26, 2011: A lunch (12pm) panel discussion held in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum: A Career in Government: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction? Panelists included Hilary Appel (Podlich Family Professor of Government and Associate Dean of the Faculty, CMC), Lisa Minshew Pitney, CMC '88 (Government Relations, Disney Co.), Aleta Wenger (Executive Director for International Programs, CMC). Moderated by William Ascher (Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, CMC). Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.

October 20, 2011: Leadership Conversations, sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

October 13, 2011: The Applied Women's Studies Program of CGU and the National Council for Research on Women is hosting a forum on the Stalled Pipeline of Women Across Sectors. Albrecht Auditorium, CGU at 7:30pm.

October 3, 2011: Lisa Maatz, AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.

September 9, 2011: Women's Forum Welcome BBQ at 12pm outside of Collins Dining Hall.

March 21, 2011: Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 100 articles in academic journals, books and magazines. Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

March 8, 2011: Angela Oh, Executive Director of the Western Justice Center Foundation, and capstone speaker for the centennial celebration of International Women's Day, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

March 2, 2011: "Women in Finance: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?" At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. Panel members: Heidi Cruz (CMC '94), M.B.A., Tiffany Kosch, M.B.A., and Jill Mullen (CMC P'12).

February 25, 2011: Women and Leadership Workshop. They keynote speaker was Dr. Lois Frankel, President of Corporate Coaching International, whose talk was titled "See Jane Lead." Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. This event took place in the Founders Room (Bauer Center North) from 9 - 11:30am followed by lunch in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

February 16, 2011: Gloria Feldt, former CEO and President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1996-2005); author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power (2010) and co-author, Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles (2007); "Riding the Leadership Wave: Embracing Controversy." At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.

February 5, 2011: Conversation with CMC President Pamela Gann and Jean Lipman-Bluman. Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

October 21, 2010: Dana Dakin and Gertrude Ankrah of Women's Trust, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

September 29, 2010: Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder of Promerica, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

September 23, 2010: Mike and Claudia von der Ohe McKay '99, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

September 22, 2010: "Women in Science and Medicine: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?" A lunch panel discussion, 11:45am - 1:15pm at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Panel members: Stephanie Cropper, M.D., Jean Doble, M.B.S., Nina Karnovsky, Ph.D., and Angelika Niemz, Ph.D. Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Joint Science Department and the 5 College Women in Science Club.

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Claremont McKenna College
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Claremont, CA 91711