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.

Applications are now being accepted! Applications are due January 29th, 2018 by 11:59pm.  Please APPLY HERE.  

Questions? Contact Sherylle Tan, stan@cmc.edu

More details about the initiative.

9th Annual Women & Leadership Workshop

Join Us for the 9th Annual Women & Leadership Conference!  REGISTER!

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions, and recent data suggest that women earned 83% of what men earned. The goal of the conference is to empower women with the skills to acknowledge, and embrace their worth. Learn evidence-based, effective skills for negotiation, as well as strategies for fostering and building strong, supportive mentoring relationships. The conference is designed for 7C college students and alumni at all stages in their professional development.

Lunch Keynote – Archana Sahgal, JD ’99

From Mid-Quad to the White House: The Power of Networks to Build Inside and Outside Power

Archana Sahgal is a former Obama White House official and CMC alumna. She works at the intersection of politics and movement building to create social change. Sahgal’s network has helped her navigate the opportunities and challenges along the way. She will deliver the 2018 Women and Leadership Workshop keynote.

Much has been discussed about the importance of building networks, learning to love networking, and how to do it. But what the conversation lacks is real world examples on the unique and specific ways women and women of color have used their network to support life’s trials and tribulations and create the world we want to live in. Sahgal will share experiences from her time at CMC leading up to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration as she submitted her letter of resignation.

Afternoon Workshop Panels
1:30pm – 4:30pm

Workshops to follow the lunch discussion will be held in McKenna Auditorium and will include sessions on Networking & Negotiation. Each session will include a presentation, followed by real-world practice opportunities between alumnae and students. The workshops will conclude by 4:30pm.

This workshop is sponsored by the generous support of Susan and Thomas Handley ’77, the Berger Institute for Women, Family and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day Scholars Program, and the Women and Leadership Alliance.

2017-18 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. 8:00am - 3:00pm, Rose Hills Theatre at Pomona

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

Tuesday, January 30 - Jo Scott-Coe, First Responders: Women as Witnesses to Mass Violence, 6:45pm, CMC Athenaeum.

Tuesday, February 6 - Miry Whitehill, Survive to Thrive: Welcoming our Newest Neighbors and the Story of Miry's List, 11:45am (lunch), CMC Athenaeum.  RSVP

Monday, February 19 -  Ellen Barry, Intersectional Justice:  Women Prisoners and Mass Incarceration. 4:15-5:30pm, Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College.

Friday, February 23 - 9th Annual Women & Leadership Workshop, 11:45am - 4:30pm.

Monday, February 26 - Act and Punishment, documentary film screening about Pussy Riot.  7pm, Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College.

Wednesday, February 28 - Dishonour, film screening and class discussion, Bauer South Forum, CMC.

Thursday, March 1 - B. Cole, Masculine of Center, 11:45am (lunch), CMC Athenaeum.