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Institute Faculty

Jay A. Conger, Ph.D.
Institute Chair and Henry R. Kravis Research Professor of Leadership Studies

Jay Conger is the Henry Kravis Chaired Professor of Leadership and Institute Chair of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College in California. He is one of the world’s experts on leadership. You will see him quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other business periodicals analyzing people and trends in the executive suite and in the boardroom. In recognition of his extensive work with companies, Business Week named him the best business school professor to teach leadership and one of the top five management education teachers worldwide. He has published over one hundred articles and 14 books on the topics of leadership development, corporate boards, influence and communications strategies for leaders, executive leadership, and organizational change.

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.
Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, LSS Faculty Advisor

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Riggio’s research interests center on charismatic and transformational leadership, nonverbal and verbal communication skills, and the development of leadership potential across the lifespan. He has published nearly two-dozen authored or edited books and more than 150 articles and book chapters. He has also served as a consultant to dozens of organizations, large and small, across the business, education, and non-profit sectors. He is the co-editor, along with Georgia Sorenson, of the Routledge/Taylor & Francis book series: Leadership: Research and Practice.

Affiliated Institute Faculty

Pamela B. Gann, J.D
Trustee, Professor of Legal Studies and George R. Roberts Fellow, Senior Fellow Kravis Leadership Institute, President Emerita

Pamela Brooks Gann has served as the President of Claremont McKenna College (1999-2013) and the Dean of the Duke University School of Law (1988-1999). She has taught at Duke University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia; in summer programs at Washington University, Saint Louis, and the University of Colorado; and in international programs at the Salzburg Seminar and in China, Paris, and Vietnam. Her publications largely pertain to taxation and public finance and international trade and investments. Her current interests include: leadership studies, law and economics of higher education, law and public policy of the non-profit sector, and international economic relations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Foreign Relations and International Education of Students (IES Abroad).

Nick Warner, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature

Nicholas Warner was educated at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in English. After teaching at Oberlin College, he came to Claremont McKenna, where he is currently Professor of Literature. His publications include Spirits of America: Intoxication in 19th Century American Literature (a Choice Outstanding Academic Book) and articles on leadership in literature and film, which is also the topic of several of his courses at CMC. He has received the Glen R. Huntoon Award for Superior Teaching five times, and the G. David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award twice.

Kristin Fabbe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Government

Dr. Kristin Fabbe is an Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, where she teaches courses on International Relations, the Comparative Politics of the Middle East, and Leadership. She will also be a 2014-2015 International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. During this Fellowship, Dr. Fabbe is scheduled to work with the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance and Coordination on the evaluation of US regional assistance programs for economic growth, entrepreneurship, and private sector job creation.

Institute Staff

Sherylle Tan, Ph.D.
Interim Director and Director of Internships and KLI Research

Sherylle J. Tan, Ph.D. is the Interim Director and Director of Internships and KLI Research at the Kravis Leadership Institute. In addition, Dr. Tan is currently the 2016 Chair of the Executive Leadership Team for the International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Affinity Group. At KLI, Dr. Tan oversees the KLI Internship program, longitudinal research on undergraduate leadership education, and program evaluations of all KLI leadership and changemaking programs. Much of Dr. Tan’s research focuses on applying developmental theory and methods to understanding the issues of leadership development, women and leadership, work and family, and child development. Most recently, Dr. Tan co-edited with Ron Riggio, Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills: The Soft Skills of Leadership (2014).

Sara Thompson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Director of Leadership Programs

Sara’s favorite moments include helping students build self-confidence and see their leadership potential. She enjoys being present for the ‘a ha’ moment and helping students over-come obstacles whether that is to speak up in a meeting or start a non-profit developing prosthetic limbs for individuals in third world countries. Working in leadership education, provides her with the incredible gift and incredible responsibility to reach students, meet them where they are, and help them grow. College is an essential time for a students’ leadership development.

Neela Rajendra
Director of KLI’s Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Neela’s driving passion in her work has been to develop strong leaders to create social impact. From her experiences teaching high school in the Marshall Islands to starting Wake Forest’s small business development program in Nicaragua, Neela has worked with both the young and experienced to focus their skills and talents to create positive social change. Her role as Director, Entrepreneurial Initiatives at the Kravis Leadership Institute and co-leader of the Changemaker Campus Initiative is the perfect platform for her to continue her work preparing the next generation of leaders driving social change.

Nancy Flores
Administrative Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Pamela B. Gann, CMC President Emerita

Nancy is currently the Administrative Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Pamela B. Gann, CMC President Emerita, at the Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College. Since 2007, Nancy has managed to oversee administrative responsibilities, major projects and events. Her expertise has expanded to include office management and planning, employee relations and supervision, financial management, board relations, development and the Kravis Prize. Her additional duties include public relations, advertising, promoting, overseeing KLI’s social media and website. The most recent addition to her responsibilities includes supporting Professor Gann as her executive assistant.

Joanne Rumpler
Administrative Assistant

Joanne is currently the part-time Administrative Assistant at the Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College. Since March 2012, Joanne has managed the reception area, welcoming faculty, staff, guests and students to the Institute. She provides general information regarding the Institute, and directs specific inquires to other staff members. She assists staff with clerical tasks, and maintains a supply of KLI informational handouts. She also represents KLI at the monthly Safety Coordinators Meetings. Joanne enjoys interacting with the students, answering any questions they may have, and learning about their experiences both here at CMC and during their work and study abroad programs.

Angelica Ferreira
Event Logistics Coordinator

Angelica Ferreira ’14 is the Event Logistics Coordinator at the Kravis Leadership Institute. She brings a dynamic perspective to the team with her four year background working as an Institute Assistant when she was as a student. From solidifying event logistics, creating promotional materials, to managing registration, Angelica ensures that events are supported and executed from beginning to end. She currently leads a team of students who assist in preparing for events involving students, KLI Advisory Board, and the community through, publicity, social media, and web content. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Leadership Studies from Claremont McKenna College and Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Diego State University.