Research Team

As a research institute, KLI supports and disseminates research through a variety of means. Advancing research in leadership is of great importance to the Institute, and students work directly with KLI faculty and staff on a wide range of leadership research projects. Ongoing research projects include topics in Women and Leadership, Corporate Leadership, Race and Leadership, Mixed Martial Arts, and Early Career Success.

Corporate Leadership

The Corporate Leadership Team researches the effect and importance of empathy in corporate environments. The team compares the impacts of empathy with how it is perceived by top business leaders.

Jenny Bernardez
Sam Johnson '22
Angela Chen
Uddhav Gupta '21
Cindy Duong
Tatum Hall '23
Angela Chen
Rohaan Vaswani '22

Early Career Success

The Early Career Success project is a joint project with the Lowe Institute investigating the early career success of CMC alumni and how it relates to their pre-CMC characteristics as well as their extracurricular and academic experiences at CMC.

Jenny Bernardez
Emily Malech '22
Cindy Duong
Jayaditya Maliye '23

Fight League

Fight League develops leadership curriculum for The United States Fight League, focusing on character building for athletes. The team proposed a curriculum that emphasizes three main components: resilience, respect, and responsibility. These R’s are the foundation for their curriculum and for each section there are drills and discussion questions that promote these skills in young athletes.

Jenny Bernardez
Roxanne Camarena Castillo '21
Angela Chen
Taylor Frank '21
Cindy Duong
Izabella Sakoda '23
Angela Chen
Elizabeth Song '22

Race and Leadership

The Race and Leadership team looks at race relations and racial discrimination in organizational leadership. The team will first research theories by leading scholars to conduct individual and collective studies using different literature.

Jenny Bernardez
Raina Kim '22
Angela Chen
Danielle Klappstein '23
Cindy Duong
Samay Rahim '22
Angela Chen
Belinda Wang '23

Women and Leadership

The Women and Leadership team seeks to better understand the gender disparity issue in leadership, while uplifting women in leadership along the way.

Jenny Bernardez
Emma David '21 - Research Team Lead
Angela Chen
Leyna Hong '23
Cindy Duong
Vi Nguyen '21
Jenny Bernardez
Bilge Tayyar '24
Angela Chen
Joy Zhu '24