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Below is a summary of recent news stories and happenings about the Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College, and the study of leadership development you may find of interest.

  • Did you know that Zach Ingrasci ‘12 and Chris Temple ‘12, CMC graduates and friends of KLI who lived on a $1 a day for 56 days in Guatemala to shine a spotlight on poverty, are releasing their documentary of the experience this Fall? Called “Living on One,” the budding social entrepreneurs are visiting 25 university campuses to show the documentary and speak to students about how they can make a difference. They will complete the U.S. tour with a showing at CMC around December. Follow their journey on “Living on One” or check out the trailer for their documentary HERE!
  • Speaking of KLI-affiliated students who are taking on the world, another success story is Kyle Weiss ‘15 and FUNDaFIELD, a non-profit organization run by students and dedicated to enriching the lives of less fortunate kids in the developing world through sports. The organization has raised nearly $174,000. Learn how you can help.
  • One of our summer interns, Carmen Lundell ‘13 kept a blog “blondeinbangladesh” about her experience with the BRAC organization in Bangladesh. She and another intern won a BRAC video contest while there. Check out their winning video on The BRAC Model.
  • Did you know companies that invest in leadership development generate dramatically greater market value over time than companies with weak leader development programs? Read about it on KLI’s Dr. Ron Riggio’s blog in Psychology Today.
  • Meet our new KLI coordinators for this year – Congratulations to the following students who will take over student KLI coordinator positions – Pieter Cornel ’14, Claudia Raigoza ‘14, and Tawney Hughes ’14. You’ll be hearing from them in future newsletters.
  • Congratulations to this year’s SOURCE student managers –Stefanie Haft ’15 and Richard Ahne ’15.
  • KLI Institute Chair Jay Conger, D.B.A. and Assistant Professor Ketan Mhatre recently completed a Global Leadership Study that examined the challenges of sourcing leadership talent in today’s global economy. As company operations span the globe, they are requiring a more adaptive and mobile pool of leadership talent, yet Conger and Mhatre’s research suggests a surprising number of organizations are struggling with critical shortages of global leadership talent. What they learned in his research is that the process of building a deep bench of global talent requires an unrelenting commitment of at least seven or more years on the part of an organization. That commitment has to start at the senior ranks and must be supported by rigorous and integrated talent management practices. To access the full report, visit the Mercer website.
  • Speaking of our esteemed Institute Chair, Conger delivered a Tedx Talk a few years ago in Manhattan Beach, Calif., offering up some key attributes every successful leader needs in his or her toolbox. His comments are good reminders for all leaders at whatever level of their career. See the video at Tedx Talk.
  • Did you know the 2013 edition of the Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges ranked Claremont McKenna College No. 1 in a new category: “Their Students Love These Colleges?”
  • And Forbes in August came out with a list of America’s Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges and CMC and Harvey Mudd were on the list! The magazine used LinkedIn member data to rank schools based on the number of alumni that have founded companies with 10 or more employees.
  • A new book edited by KLI’s Dr. Ronald Riggio and based on the research findings from the 2010 Kravis-de Roulet Conference is hot off the presses. The conference examined the challenges and models to effectively manage in today’s virtual, global environment. The book is titled “Exploring Distance in Leader Follower Relationships” and can be purchased on
  • Lastly, stay tuned for exciting upcoming news about a CMC Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and KLI’s involvement!