Stalled in the Pipelines: Opening Pathways to Women’s Leadership (NCRW Regional Conference 2011)

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - Friday, October 14, 2011

Opening Pathways to Women’s Leadership

Claremont Graduate University

150 E. 10th Street, Claremont, CA

NCRW’s network, including academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, business, and policy leaders, gathered to focus on the status of women’s leadership in multiple sectors. The conference identified best practices, as well as generated recommendations and next steps for advancing women's leadership across sectors. The Conference Agenda follows.

October 13, 2011

9:00 am - 5:00 pm - NCRW BOARD meeting (Burkle 16 - Harper Hall - 150 East 10th Street - for Board members only)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Women, War, and Peace (public event - advance screening from new PBS series with Executive Producer Abigail Disney and Q&A led by Professor Julia Liss Chair of History Department at Scripps College - venue: Benson Auditorium, Avery Hall, Pitzer College)

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm NCRW Board Chair Lucie Lapovsky led a discussion with NCRW Member Centers of using a Collective Impact Model for social problem-solving. (Burkle 16 - Harper Hall - 150 East 10th Street - NCRW member centers only)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Reception and Dinner at the Residence of Deborah A. Freund, President, Claremont Graduate University  (709 Harvard Avenue - for conference registrants and invitees only)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Keynote Panel: Stalled in the Pipelines (public event - Albrecht Auditorium - Dartmouth and Tenth Street)

Framing Remarks

  • Deborah Freund, President, Claremont Graduate University
  • Linda Perkins, Director, Applied Women's Studies Program, Claremont Graduate University
  • Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research

Speakers Include:

  • Shelley Correll, Director, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
  • Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
  • Amy Marcus-Newhall, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean, Scripps College
  • Beverly Ryder, President, National Women's Hall of Fame (moderator)

The film screening and keynote panel event were free and open to the public.

October 14, 2011

(This section of the conference was by invitation only)

8:00 am Participant Check-In and Conference

8:30 am Welcome and Debrief of Lessons Learned from Keynote Panel

9:00 am - 10:30 am Four Breakout Sessions on Stalled Pipelines (Focusing on leadership in Corporate, Non-Profit, Higher Education, and Government sectors)


  • Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Claremont Graduate University [Corporate Session]
  • Jean Schroedel, Dean of School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University [Government Session]
  • Sarah Smith Orr, Executive Director of the Henry Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College [Non-Profit Session]
  • Daryl Smith, Professor of Higher Education, Claremont Graduate University [Higher Education Session]

10:30 am - 11:00 am NCRW Board Chair Lucie Lapovsky led a discussion of The White House Project's Benchmarking Report.

11:00 am - 11:15 am Break

11:15 am - 12:45 pm Strategic Communications: Leveraging New Media and NCRW's Web Platform moderated by Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Associate Director of The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch and Presentation by Madeline Di Nonno, Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute for Women in Media 

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Collaboration Among NCRW Member Centers conducted in World Café format led by Lisa McClain, Boise State University and Laura Grindstaff, UC Davis

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Summary and Wrap-Up

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Optional information session for potential new NCRW member centers