12th Annual Kravis de Roulet Conference Examines Leadership in Nonprofit Sector

The 12th annual Kravis de Roulet Conference, held on campus February 22-23, brought together a wide range of experts to discuss “Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.” The conference, which drew about 200 participants, featured top leaders in their fields discussing topics at the forefront of current interest.

“We felt it was important to highlight the special challenges faced by the leaders of nonprofit organizations in these difficult times. The conference was unique in that we brought together nonprofit leaders, scholars of leadership and of the not-for-profit sector, as well as students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges,” said Professor Ron Riggio, director of the Kravis Leadership Institute.

“The interaction of these various communities is very important, and is one of the goals of the Kravis-de Roulet conference series — to explore important leadership topics as well as enriching our larger community.”

Speakers included Les Lenkowsky, recently appointed by President Bush as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Peter Drucker, author of The Practice of Management and Marie Rankin Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management, Drucker School of Management; Frances Hesselbein, President and Chairman of the Board, Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management; Florence Green, Executive Director, California Association of Nonprofits, Los Angeles; Susan Scribner, author of Boards from Hell and renowned consultant to nonprofit organizations; Gill Robinson Hickman, Professor, Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond; Joanne Ciulla, Professor and Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics, Jepson School of Leadership Studies; and Mark Snyder, Professor, University of Minnesota.

The Kravis Leadership Institute’s mission of playing an active role in the development of leadership competency is realized through a number of programs in education, research, and the community. The Institute sponsors a sound educational program of leadership studies at CMC and also hosts local workshops, national conferences and speaker series, with a focus on outreach programs that enhance the leadership capabilities of the larger community.