March 5

8–9 a.m. PST

Westmont's President's Breakfast

Nancy Koehn
Bestselling Author

Discussion Questions

March 26

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST

Advancing Women in Leadership

Inclusive Excellence Leadership in Action

Discussion Questions


Westmont College is delighted to host the sixth annual
Advancing Women in Leadership conference




Join colleagues from around the world for a FREE series of leadership events celebrating National Women's History Month, on March 5 and 26, thanks to Westmont Women's Leadership Council's generous sponsorship. We encourage colleges and universities to host discussion groups or chat sessions on their campuses in March to further the dialogue on leadership. Let's continue to spark interest and appetite to maintain the momentum on advancing women in leadership at all levels of engagement and professional development. Encourage students to participate as well!

We lead best when we take ACTION!

Watch March 26 Inclusive Leadership Panel

Schedule, More Information, Questions for Group Discussion

Nancy Koehn, March 5, 8-9 a.m.

A celebrated historian at the Harvard Business School, Nancy Koehn holds the James E. Robison chair of business administration. Her research focuses on crisis leadership and how leaders and their teams rise to the challenges of high-stakes situations.

Her most recent book, “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times” was a 2017 Wall Street Journal bestseller. This gripping historical narrative spotlights five masters of crisis, including President Abraham Lincoln and environmental crusader Rachel Carson. Koehn identifies what today’s leaders from a range of organizations and pursuits can learn from these extraordinary stories.

A dynamic presenter, Koehn has spoken at the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos and the Aspen Ideas Festival, among other venues. Audiences around the world have responded to her vision for courageous, resilient leadership at a moment when organizations must manage change and help employees perform at their best.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before completing her master’s degree and doctorate in history at Harvard.

If you missed the March 5 session with Nancy Koehn, a recorded and expanded bonus version is available upon request. Please email

"Forged in Crisis" Discussion Questions

Watch Nancy Koehn's CBS Interview

Inclusive Excellence Leadership In Action, March 26, 11-12 pst

Dr. Kim Denu moderates a panel of chief diversity officers. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Sheila Caldwell, Wheaton College
  • Dr. Lena Crouso, Southern Nazarene University
  • Dr. Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis, Whitworth University
  • Tamra Malone, Biola University
  • Dr. Sandra Mayo, Seattle Pacific University

Watch March 26 Inclusive Leadership Panel

Discussion Questions

AWIL Panelists

Meet the Panelists




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Learn about the Women's Leadership Development Institute

Meet the Advancing Women in Leadership Task Force


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