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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.

Women and Gender Leadership Fund

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

Fall 2019 applications are now being accepted! Applications are due October 1st, 2019 by 11:59pm. 

Please APPLY HERE.  

Questions? Contact Sherylle Tan,

More details about the initiative.


Upcoming Events 

September 26, 2019 (4:30-5:30pm):  Women and Leadership Alliance Open House, Honnold Library Conference Room (2nd floor of the Library).  Light refreshments will be served.

October 17, 2019 (12:15-1:15pm):   Monthly WLA meeting, Honnold Library Founder's Room.  All are welcome!

November 14, 2019 (12:15-1:15pm):  Monthly WLA meeting, Honnold Library 2nd Floor Conference Room.  All are welcome!

February 7, 2020 (1:00-4:00pm), McKenna Auditorium:  Women and Leadership Workshop 20/20: Envision Your Future.  The 11th Annual Workshop will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Cindy Pace.  Dr. Pace is a global talent and diversity expert on multicultural identities, purpose and inclusiveness in organizational leadership.   In her talk, she will discuss the importance of purpose, meaning, and building connections.  Following her presentation, there will be a related activity, as well as networking opportunities with CMC alumnae.  The workshop is open to students from all 5 Claremont Colleges.   The Workshop is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute, Kravis Leadership Institute, Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, and the Susan and Thomas Handley ’77 family.​  Register Now!


Past Events

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10th Annual Women and Leadership Workshop, 2pm - 4:30pm, McKenna Auditorium.  The workshop featured keynote speaker Pamela B. Gann, J.D., President Emerita of Claremont McKenna College, Trustee Professor of Legal Studies and George R. Roberts Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the Kravis Leadership Institute.  As well, there was a closing panel with CMC alumnae San San Lee ’85, Harmony Palmer ‘13, and Charlie Stoddard Fitzpatrick ’94. The workshop was sponsored by the Susan and Thomas Handley ’77, the Berger Institute, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College.

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:

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:

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.