Affiliated Schools

The Maldonado Executive Leadership Institute (MELI) is committed to discovery, discussion, and dissemination of insights into the future of executive leadership, in America and around the world.

Technology, organizations, and society are changing more rapidly than ever before. Leadership has become increasingly complex, and leaders must continually keep abreast of changes in economic, political, technological, and social conditions. The Institute supports both academic and practical efforts to ensure that leaders today and in the future are equipped for the challenges of a dynamic world. Graduate students and current leaders will have access to leading academics and practitioners who are shaping leadership in the 21st century.


The Maldonado Executive Leadership Institute supports current and future executive leaders with the following activities:

  • Support of graduate level research in leadership that embodies CGU’s commitment to transdisciplinary studies. Leadership research spans all the schools of CGU.
  • Hosting of speakers, events, and conferences that showcase the latest thinking and innovation in leading organizations.
  • Disseminating leadership innovation through blogs, posts, and videos, as well as traditional publications.
  • Developing degree and non-degree, credit and non-credit programs to develop leaders for tomorrow.
Research Excellence

The Maldonado Executive Leadership Institute supports applied research that provides practical answers to current and future leadership challenges and opportunities. Leadership is examined broadly and includes leadership in both large and small business organizations and executive leadership in government organizations that provide public safety, government services, healthcare, education, and human services.

The MELI supports research across Claremont Graduate University (CGU), including the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences, which teaches and researches leadership and organizational behavior; the Drucker School of Management, which conducts a law enforcement executive leadership training program and provides education on topics of mindfulness and business leadership; the School of Community & Global Health, which focuses on the needs of public health leadership; the School of Educational Studies, which focuses on the needs of school administrators; and the School of Arts & Humanities, which teaches museum leadership and arts management.


The MELI was established with an endowment at Claremont Graduate University by alumnus Dr. Ernest Maldonado and his wife, Mary Maldonado.