Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI)

KLI engages CMC students in responsible, innovative leadership in the public, private and social sectors.

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Generously funded by Tom and Susan Handley, the Women in Leadership Development (WLD) Program is a year-long leadership development opportunity for CMC women that fosters confidence, builds awareness, and develops leadership. The efforts to create, design, and launch this program were the work of our fearless leader, Dr. Sherylle Tan, KLI’s Director of Internships & KLI Research, along with our Assistant Director, Marilyn Pierce, and a phenomenal Student Advisory Team consisting of Jennifer Bernardez ‘22, Hailey Kang ‘24, Alicia Reynaga ‘22, Joy Zhu ‘24, Aileen Zheng ‘23 (abroad), and Yesenia Rodriguez ‘23 (abroad). GO WLD TEAM! 🌸

Photos from Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI)'s post 09/26/2021

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, the inaugural cohort of Handley Leadership Fellows spent their time in a day long retreat, officially kicking off KLI’s Women in Leadership Development Program. This program is the first of its kind at Claremont McKenna College, aiming to develop women as leaders. We look forward to an exciting year as this cohort of 30 women embark on their leadership journey! 🌸

Photos from The Doerr Institute for New Leaders's post 09/15/2021

In remembrance of 2,977 lives lost on 9/11/2001. Never forget 🕊


Tune in on Wednesday, June 23rd @ 1:00 PM EDT to hear two scholars from the International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Community share the story about the creation of a new SAGE textbook, Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity. Featuring KLI’s own Dr. Sherylle Tan along with author Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole. Register here: #/

Photos from Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI)'s post 06/04/2021

As part of CMC’s 75th Anniversary and the countdown, today we celebrate the founding of the Kravis Leadership Institute.

Thanks to the generosity and commitment of Henry R. Kravis ’67, the Kravis Leadership Institute opened its doors in 1994 with a mission of developing responsible leaders. As the founding member and eponymous donor, Mr. Kravis believes that responsible leadership drives positive change in the world. Mr. Kravis’ vision positioned CMC to become a national example of leadership development in action.

Originally established on the first floor of Seaman Hall, KLI is now housed in the Kravis Center, and continues to fulfill its mission and initiatives. Since its beginning in 1994, KLI has fostered leadership within the CMC community by conducting leadership research, providing workshops, leadership dialogues, and conferences, in addition to housing the Leadership Studies Sequence. KLI’s inaugural Director was Dr. Martin M. Chemers, followed by Dr. Susan Murphy, Professor Ronald Riggio, Ph.D., Dr. Sarah Smith Orr, Professor Jay Conger, DBA, and is currently under the leadership of Professor David Day, Ph.D. More than 25 years later, KLI is on the forefront of cutting-edge leadership development and research.


Please join the CMC Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement for CMC Connects: CMC 75th Anniversary Series on The Future of Post-Pandemic Work and Leadership Implications with the Kravis Leadership Institute. Join KLI Advisory Board Members and KLI's Academic Director as they discuss views on this important current topic. Please register here:


A VERY special CONGRATULATIONS to KLI’s graduating seniors! 🎓🍾🎊We are incredibly proud of all of your accomplishments! May you continue to lead courageously, creatively, and collaboratively! ⭐️


IT’S GRADUATION DAY! 🎉🎉 Congratulations CMC Class of 2021! In the midst of a global pandemic, you successfully completed your entire senior year virtually, an incredible feat in itself! Congratulations from the Kravis Leadership Institute! 🍾⭐️


On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the women of Kravis Leadership Institute!🎉 We celebrate you today and everyday for the leaders you are and work towards becoming for this generation and the next. This year’s theme is and we hope you continue to challenge stereotypes, gender bias, and inequality to create a better, more inclusive, and equitable world!


KLI faculty have been busy writing over the past year! Professor Ron Riggio recently published TWO new books.

Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workspaces, and Societies is coauthored by Bernardo Ferdman, PhD, Jeanine Prime, PhD and Prof. Riggio and provides leaders with guidance and hands-on strategies for fostering inclusion and explains why it matters.

Prof. Riggio’s self-published book, Daily Leadership Development: 365 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader, is a guidebook that offers day-by-day instruction in bite-sized chunks and is grounded in research and best practices.

Congratulations, Professor Riggio!

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