26th Annual Kravis De-Roulet Leadership Conference

The Kravis-de Roulet Leadership conferences, which began in 1990, are annual leadership conferences funded jointly by an endowment from Henry R. Kravis and the de Roulet family. This perpetual funding, along with additional support from the Kravis Leadership Institute and Claremont McKenna College, enables us to attract the finest leadership scholars and practitioners as conference presenters and participants. Kravis De-Roulet is our largest conference of the year: bringing together hundreds of leadership researchers and professionals from all of the world. Join us for our conference on March 1 - March 2, 2018 at Claremont McKenna College!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dinner and Opening Keynote at The Athenaeum

Cheryl Dorsey, President/CEO of Echoing Green

Friday, March 2, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Full Day Conference at McKenna Auditorium

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Conference Pricing - REGISTER HERE TODAY!

7C Student - $25 Refundable Deposit  

*Students are required to pay a $25 refundable deposit via PAY PAL payment option. If student attends, they will receive a full refund of their deposit after the conference. Refunds will be granted to cancellations made before 2/28/18.

Conference Decription:

Every day, when we hear the news, we are barraged with stories of gloom and doom. It can be overwhelming wondering how we can make a difference in the world when there are so many challenges plaguing society. For many people, the future seems bleak. How do we find hope in these troubled times? How can we come up with innovative solutions that help us all create a better future together?

Fortunately, there are visionary women and men who are working to come up with innovative solutions to address some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. This year's Kravis - de Roulet Leadership Conference will be convening award-winning social entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and funders: people pioneering new strategies that are changing systems, improving lives and transforming communities. Join us for a highly interactive and energizing event as we explore new research identifying best practices for organizational success. You will have the opportunity to connect with transformational leaders, and to learn innovative skills to maximize your social impact. This event is hosted by the Kravis Leadership Institute, in partnership with Echoing Green, one of the leading investors and catalysts in social impact.

Speaker List

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Keynote Speakers

  Cheryl L. Dorsey  is the President/CEO of Echoing Green

Cheryl L. Dorsey is the President/CEO of Echoing Green

March 1, Dinner and Opening Keynote: Social Impact First: Responsible Leadership for the 21st Century

The urgent work of upending inequities and injustices will not happen by letting “business as usual” run its course. For a growing set of leaders, social impact is a non-negotiable metric of success. To achieve lasting positive impact for all, responsible, ethical leadership must quickly become the new normal. Cheryl Dorsey, president of global social entrepreneurship organization Echoing Green, draws from more than three decades of learnings for a timely talk about the ingredients required to accelerate transformative, lasting positive impact in the world.

Cheryl L. Dorsey is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the President of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Read More →


  Tina Rosenberg  is a MacArthur Genius, Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and Co-Founder of Solutions Journalism Network

Tina Rosenberg is a MacArthur Genius, Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and Co-Founder of Solutions Journalism Network

March 2, Morning Keynote

Tina Rosenberg is a MacArthur Genius, Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and Co-Founder of Solutions Journalism Network. She co-authors the Fixes colum in the New York Times "Opinionator" section. Her books include Chidren of Cain; Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World. 


Articles from the 25th Annual KDR Conference 2017:

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Why We Need Civil Discourse?

Carolyn Lukensmyer talks about inclusion and diversity in the context of politics. How is the decline in civil discourse destroying our democracy, and what can we do to save it during these divided times? 

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Rethinking Leadership

Deborah Meehan,  founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community , explores how individualism and concepts of meritocracy permeate the ways we think about leadership and inequality. How does race effect leadership and leadership potential? 

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Conference Overview

Learn about the events and programming that took place at last year's conference. 


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At the end of the conference, all the leadership researchers get together to write a book on the findings and developments made through the conference.

Click here to discover all the books that have come out of this conference →