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Kravis Leadership Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College sponsors education programs to help students develop their fullest potential through curricular and experimental learning. Named after prominent philanthropist and businessman Henry R. Kravis, a CMC alumna, the Leadership Institute is also well known for awarding major funds to worthy causes like Helen Keller International and Mothers2Mothers annually.

This year the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, a generous $250,000 gift, was awarded to Endeavor, an organization that supports entrepreneurs globally. And while such vital funds awarded annually always signify an important philanthropic moment, this year’s Prize in Leadership was especially significant, as it marked the 10th anniversary of the prize. What’s more, the recent awards ceremony also marked the 20th anniversary of the Kravis Leadership Institute.

According to The Forum’s Vivan Marwaha and Anoush Baghdassarian, “On Thursday, April 23, Claremont McKenna College hosted the tenth annual Kravis Prize Award Ceremony. […] Not only did Thursday’s ceremony mark the tenth year of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, but it also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Kravis Leadership Institute, one of CMC’s eleven research institutes.”

Alia Kate, the Associate Director of External Relations at CMC’s Development Office provided remarks to The Forum that praised the impact that the Leadership Prize has made. Kate said, “the Kravis Prize is one of those gems that lends itself to the ethos of Claremont McKenna College. […] As we start a new decade with the Kravis Prize and as CMC comes into its own as a Changemaker Campus we look forward to the next chapter where we continue to deepen our connection with past Kravis Prize recipients and explore continued collaborations with these bold, visionary leaders.”

Indeed, the Kravis Leadership Prize doesn’t simply impact the annual recipient, but those who work and learn at Claremont McKenna College as well. For two decades now, the presence of the Kravis Leadership Institute has helped shape the experiences of countless students at the institution by providing them with opportunities to learn and grow in multifaceted, innovative ways. Similarly, its generous contributions like the annual Kravis Prize in Leadership have been instrumental in supporting the growth and influence of nonprofits around the world.