Sarah Smith Orr

Sarah Smith Orr

MBA, Claremont Graduate University

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Adjunct Professor

Sarah Smith Orr is the executive director of the Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI) at Claremont McKenna College. She is also a founding member of the board of advisors for KLI. As the executive director, she provides the day-to-day leadership of the institute, oversees leadership development co-curricular programs and is part of the teaching staff (visiting professor) at CMC with her specialty in the areas of leadership, building sustainable social enterprises, and organizational psychology (consulting practicum).

Smith Orr, for 21 years, has been the owner/principal in a management and planning consulting firm, Smith Orr & Associates, specializing in the social/nonprofit sector. She is an adjunct professor at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) teaching leadership and governance in the social/nonprofit sector as well as one of the core faulty teaching “The Drucker Difference,” a lecturer for Applied Women’s Studies at CGU, and will be teaching at CMC in the area of leadership studies.

Smith Orr is a certified trainer and a member of the advisory board for the Connective Leadership Institute. Due to her deep interest in the role of leaders and a commitment to support the advancement of women, she has been involved in the founding/start-up of Leadership California, a statewide educational program for women leaders in California (founding executive director). She is also a certified coach through the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.

Earlier in her career, she served as an executive director and/or senior executive with United Way organizations in various locations in the United States with annual budgets ranging from $1.5 million to $90 million. She also served as a consultant/trainer in the start-up of the United Ways in Baroda, India, and Jamaica. She currently serves as the chair of the Vail Leadership Institute’s Board of Scholars.

Sarah holds an executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and is at the dissertation stage for completing her PhD in education at CGU. Her undergraduate work was completed at the State University of New York at Delhi. She also holds a certificate in executive management from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.



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