Women & Leadership

Past Events

Past events hosted by members of the WLA include:

Spring 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014: Nanci Ricks will be speaking about her work with the Dalit (“Untouchables”) population in India in Parents Dining Room at noon. She is the founder of the Dalit Freedom Network as well as the author of To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving The ‘Untouchables’- The Dalit.

Nanci Ricks
April 25th, 12pm
CMC Athenaeum, Parents Dining Room
To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving The ‘Untouchables’- The Dalit

Nanci first traveled to India in November of 2000. As she shares in her 2009 book, To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving The ‘Untouchables’- The Dalit, “I did not know what lay ahead when I boarded that plane bound for cyclone- devastated rural villages in Eastern India…Nor did I know how desperately my skills as a physical therapist specializing in pediatric burn care would be needed on that medical team. I had assumed that once this 2 week trip was over… I would never again have anything to do with India. I could not have been more wrong.”

Nanci co-founded and directed the Dalit Freedom Network from 2001 to 2008. The Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) is an NGO that partners with the Dalit people in India to emancipate them. DFN has testified several times in front of Congress. On behalf of DFN, Nanci testified before the Human Rights Committee in 2007 on the condition of women in India. By the time Nanci left her leadership position at DFN, they were taking over 50 teams a year to India. In 2008-09, Nanci facilitated work on a documentary about trafficking in India called “Friendly Captivity.”

For the past 4 years, Nanci has been working as an Associate Pastor, leading annual medical mission trips to Calcutta and starting a new school in a village outside of Calcutta. In 2013, the medical mission trip aided 3,000 Dalits in one week. She has personally sponsored several children and has mentored and mobilized many young leaders to look beyond their circumstances and make positive changes in the world.

Nanci originally received a degree in pediatric physical therapy and worked with burn and head injury survivors at Children’s Hospital in Denver. She is an outdoor enthusiast and the mother of 4 young adults.


Thursday, March 6, 2014: Film producer Sarah Johnson Redlich will be speaking at the Athenaeum. Ms. Redlich was the Executive Producer on such films as Miss Representation , which explores the portrayal of women in the media and how it diminishes the influence of women in the public sphere, The Invisible War , and the upcoming The Mask You Live In , which asks: as a society, how are we failing our boys? To register for dinner, please click here. Talk at 6:45pm is free and open to all. Miss Representation will be screening throughout the afternoon of March 6th in Freeberg Lounge in the Athenaeum.


Friday, March 7, 2014 A screening of Honor Diaries in Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall, Pitzer College. The film features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connection to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in dialogue about gender inequality. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with Raquel Saraswati, one of the stars of the film.

See Honor Diaries poster.


Thursday, February 13, 2014: Kathy DeBoer, at noon in the Athenaeum. Ms. DeBoer is currently Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the author of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently. DeBoer examines many of the non-physical differences between the sexes (their values and fears, conversation, behavior, psychological adjustment, etc.), then helps define these and other variables as they relate to gender differences in both competitive play and competitive work environments. Finally, DeBoer offers detailed suggestions on how men and women can communicate, understand, and ultimately overcome their differences.


Friday, February 7, 2014: 5th Annual Woman and Leadership Workshop

Three events in one: Lunch with Michelle Bauman '89 - Personal & Executive Coach "Creating a Context for Success: Leading Yourself So You Can Lead Others", Networking Reception and Networking roundtable discussion with female leaders in consulting, education, government, media, science and more!

Workshop begins at 11:30 am with lunch followed by the networking reception and roundtable discussions at the Marian Miner Cooke Athenaeum.

Please register for the event by February 5, 2014: http://bit.ly/1c9EIbm.

See flyer for additional information and registration.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014: Eve Ensler, at noon in the Athenaeum. Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist; author, The Vagina Monologues (1996) and In the Body of the World: A Memoir (2013); creator of V-Day; co-founder of City of Joy, Congo; "V-Day: One Billion Rising for Justice"


Fall 2013 Events

September 23, 2013: Gloria Allred, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

September 30, 2013: Jackson Katz, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Co-founder, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP – 1993); film creator, Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000); author, Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood (2012) and The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help (2006); “More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women.”

Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of American Volleyball Coaches Association and author of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently. Spring 2014.

Dawn Dekle, President, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Fall 2014.

November 12, 2013: Film Screening “The Light in Her Eyes”
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Produced in association with American Documentary POV.
The screening is hosted in collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

December 2, 2013: "Eye of the Wikistorm: The Future of Feminist Technoculture Histories"
Please join FemTechNet in a moderated discussion between Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, Occidental College, and Professor Jacqueline Wernimont, Scripps College, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Hampton Room of Scripps College.


Spring 2013 Events

April 22, 2013: Nann Keohane, part of the President’s Distinguished Speaker Series, in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

April 3, 2013: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

March 8, 2013: 4th Annual Women & Leadership Workshop. The keynote speaker was Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author and President of Berkhemer Clayton, Inc. – Retained Executive Search. The networking lunch and reception included a roundtable with female leaders in consulting, education, government, media, science, and more. Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and members of the Women and Leadership Alliance. This event took place in McKenna Auditorium.

March 1, 2013: 4th Annual WLA Women and Leadership Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and members of the Women and Leadership Alliance. This event will take place in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. More information to come!

November 9-11, 2012: 2012 Women, Law & Public Policy Seminar, hosted by the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). PLEN's Women, Law & Public Policy Seminar explores the ways that the law shapes and interacts with public policy in Washington, D.C. Students who attend make connections with women leaders who work in the policy field, get advice on preparing for law school, and develop the professional skills needed to get a job and launch policy careers post-graduation. Outstanding college women interested in exploring careers in public policy and the law can apply for scholarships to attend. Application deadline for scholarships: September 28th. Registration deadline: October 5th.

November 8, 2012: Ann Meyers Drysdale, the only woman to sign a free agent contract with the NBA. Currently the Vice President of the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Time has called her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time. This event, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, is sponsored by CMS Athletics, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the Center for Human Rights Leadership.

October 31, 2012: Anita Hill, currently Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University. Sponsored by the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

October 26, 2011: A lunch (12pm) panel discussion held in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum: A Career in Government: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction? Panelists included Hilary Appel (Podlich Family Professor of Government and Associate Dean of the Faculty, CMC), Lisa Minshew Pitney, CMC '88 (Government Relations, Disney Co.), Aleta Wenger (Executive Director for International Programs, CMC). Moderated by William Ascher (Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, CMC). Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.

October 20, 2011: Leadership Conversations, sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

October 13, 2011: The Applied Women's Studies Program of CGU and the National Council for Research on Women is hosting a forum on the Stalled Pipeline of Women Across Sectors. Albrecht Auditorium, CGU at 7:30pm.

October 3, 2011: Lisa Maatz, AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.

September 9, 2011: Women's Forum Welcome BBQ at 12pm outside of Collins Dining Hall. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

March 21, 2011: Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 100 articles in academic journals, books and magazines. Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

March 8, 2011: Angela Oh, Executive Director of the Western Justice Center Foundation, and capstone speaker for the centennial celebration of International Women's Day, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

March 2, 2011: "Women in Finance: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?" At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. Panel members: Heidi Cruz (CMC '94), M.B.A., Tiffany Kosch, M.B.A., and Jill Mullen (CMC P'12). Click here for more information on our panel members.

February 25, 2011: Women and Leadership Workshop. They keynote speaker was Dr. Lois Frankel, President of Corporate Coaching International, whose talk was titled "See Jane Lead." Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. This event took place in the Founders Room (Bauer Center North) from 9 - 11:30am followed by lunch in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

February 16, 2011: Gloria Feldt, former CEO and President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1996-2005); author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power (2010) and co-author, Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles (2007); "Riding the Leadership Wave: Embracing Controversy." At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.

February 5, 2011: Conversation with CMC President Pamela Gann and Jean Lipman-Bluman. Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

October 21, 2010: Dana Dakin and Gertrude Ankrah of Women's Trust, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

September 29, 2010: Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder of Promerica, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

September 23, 2010: Mike and Claudia von der Ohe McKay '99, at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

September 22, 2010: "Women in Science and Medicine: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?" A lunch panel discussion, 11:45am - 1:15pm at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Panel members: Stephanie Cropper, M.D., Jean Doble, M.B.S., Nina Karnovsky, Ph.D., and Angelika Niemz, Ph.D. Sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Joint Science Department and the 5 College Women in Science Club. Click here for more information on our panel members.