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Message from Advisory Board Chair David E. Hetz ’80, P’10

Posted August 14, 2012 in News

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Students of KLI,

Reflecting on the accomplishments of KLI this past year, I am inspired by all the programs, research, awards and strong partnerships that KLI has undertaken to launch our students on their journey to becoming outstanding and responsible leaders. Looking back, it is clear why KLI is known as one of the preeminent academic centers for public, private and social leadership worldwide.

For example, KLI has supported Kyle Weiss ‘15 and his FUNDaFIELD organization’s quest to bring soccer to the poorest countries in Africa and beyond. Youth Service America recently recognized Kyle as “one of the 25 most influential people in the world.”

KLI’s ongoing leadership role in creating and managing the Claremont McKenna College internship program and helping fund many students this summer through internships around the globe is further indication the Institute relentlessly challenges itself in all its important work.

Our annual Kravis-de Roulet Conference, which focused this past semester on leadership “soft skills” and where important academic research was presented, was attended by 174 active participants, and for the first time ever, the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership was held on the CMC campus where two recipients – Soraya Salti, CEO of the Arab educational mentoring program INJAZ Al-Arab, and mothers2mothers, an organization that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa – were awarded $250,000 each.

It was a particular pleasure attending the dedication ceremonies for the new Kravis Center last Fall, and to participate in the “Leadership Conversations” coordinated by KLI during the event. Our new home is in the beautiful new state-of-the-art, award winning Kravis Center.  Please stop by and visit us.

I encourage you to read about all of KLI activities in this issue of Illumine. It’s been an extraordinary year, and this coming year the calendar is already full of events. KLI’s first student focused program – the Sophomore Leadership Experience – included a record 57 students. Based on its success the past five years, KLI launched even more challenging new leadership development programs for freshman and seniors that were well received.

I’d like to especially thank our founder Henry Kravis ’67 vision, leadership and unwavering support, and Marie-Jose´ Kravis for her leadership and commitment to the Kravis Prize. And of course we could not accomplish all we do without the tireless efforts of our Advisory Board, Kravis Fellows, Institute Chair Jay Conger, Executive Director Sarah Smith Orr and the entire KLI staff and faculty. Without their energy, drive, and commitment, we couldn’t make the tremendous contributions that we do.

I also want to thank our outgoing Advisory Board members – Geoffrey Baum, Dean Jensen, Duane Kurisu, Scott Miller and Joseph Petrowski – for their contributions over the years. You will all be missed. To continue their work, I’d like to welcome our newest Advisory Board members Bret Jorgensen, Tom Lentz, Reid Miles, Charles Mounts, and new Kravis Fellows Rebecca Offensend and Sunil Rajaraman.

I hear time and again from CMC parents or prospective parents how impressed they are with the Kravis Leadership Institute. They like that students are receiving myriad opportunities to develop their leadership competencies and skills: through the leadership sequence, research, as well as their involvement in hands-on experiences.  As a Leadership Sequence student recently noted, he enjoys not only learning abstract leadership theory but also its practical application in various settings and experiences.  Who best to tell us we are accomplishing our mission!

You should all be very proud of KLI’s accomplishments as we embark on our 19th year.