About Us

Years of research show that leaders are made, not born. KLI is committed to upholding Claremont McKenna's leadership mission by offering students experiences that will challenge them to think, feel, and act as a leader and a changemaker. 

The mission of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College is to be a premier academic center for the promotion and understanding of responsible, innovative leadership and to provide unique opportunities for CMC students to develop as outstanding real world leaders in the public, private and social sectors.



 Upcoming Events

11/13 Dinner with Kathleen Kelly Janus

11/14 Leadership Sequence Open House

12/1 Social Innovation Challenge

12/5 How We Thrive Conference

1/19-21 Freshman Half Retreat

2/1 Partnered Internship App Closes



The KLI Leadership Competency Model

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What is it?

Our Competency model has been proven to develop and maximize leadership potential in individuals. We are the leading institute for leadership research, theory, and practice. Our goal is to help students become the leaders that this world needs through these three competencies. 



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Freshman Half Retreat

Reflect on the first half of your freshman year and build the core skills needed to succeed in the next four years and in life! 

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Dinner with Rey Faustino

Rey Faustino, founder and CEO of One Degree, is an entrepreneur, innovator and fervent advocate for educational equity. Rey launched One Degree to ensure that all families have access to services they need to overcome poverty.     

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Dinner with Kathleen Janus

Kathleen Kelly Janus is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford University. She is an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations




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Success Redefined: An Interview with Kyle Weiss

Meet Kyle Weiss '15 who started FUNDaFIELD, “a non-profit organization, run by students, dedicated to enriching the lives of less fortunate kids in the developing world through sports

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How Marko Liu is Changing the Leadership World:

What caused Marko Liu to move from Beijing, China to Claremont, California to study leadership at KLI? Learn about Liu’s unique experiences in the leadership field and how he plans to apply his research at KLI to change the world. 

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S&P Global CEO Shares Secrets to Success

Meet Doug Peterson, CEO of S&P Global and CMC alumni. Peterson shares his journey to the top and provides some leadership tips. 

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Why we need more women in politics?

Linnea Uyeno '20 delves deep into leadership research to conclude that the nation needs more women in leadership roles. 

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Debunking Leadership Myths

The CMC community officially welcomed Professor Day during the Installation Ceremony as the Steven L. Eggert ’82 P’15 Professor of Leadership. At his Installation, Day debunked many of the myths and misconceptions about leadership.

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Meet Daniel Kan who Just Sold His Startup For $1B

Daniel Kan sat down with us to share his journey and secrets to starting a company.

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