Women & Leadership

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. Entities currently involved include the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, 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.


Upcoming WLA Sponsored Events

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? To register for dinner, please click here. 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"

Stay tuned. Additional events coming soon!


Off-Campus Opportunities for Women Leaders

Are Politics in Your Future?

June 22-27, 2014: NEW Leadership, a national bipartisan program of college women, engages women in the political process and encourages them to become leaders in the political arena. Available to undergraduate women enrolled in any Southern California college or university, or to Southern California women attending out-of-state institutions. Location: Scripps College in Claremont, CA. To apply, click here. Deadline: March 24, 2014.

See NEW Leadership flyer for additional information.


Other Related Events

September 25, 2013: IWS Open House, 4;15-6:00pm in the Mary Wig Johnson Court, Scripps College.

October 3, 2013: Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2003); founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center, Iran; author, The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny (2011) and Refugee Rights in Iran (2008); “Human Rights and the Role of Faith in World Peace.” At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Click here to reserve your spot.

October 7, 2013: Sheila Malovany-Chevallier and Constance Corde, translators of the 2009 edition of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. An afternoon conversation: “Translating Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex” at 4:15pm at the Hampton Living Room in Malott Commons; and an evening talk: “Revisiting Simone de Beauvoir in the 21st Century,” at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Please click here for reservations and more information.

October 29, 2013: Miriam Zoll, reproductive justice activist and author of Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies (2013), at 4:15pm at the Hampton Living Room in Malott Commons, Scripps College.

November 21, 2013: A screening of the film Hannah Arendt, followed by Q&A with screenwriter Pamela Katz, at 6:00pm in the Humanities Auditorium at Scripps College.