Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Entrepreneurship Workshops, Power Talk with Angela Oh, Women and Power Event, Athena Film Festival and Barnard’s Founders Day

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Workshops for Women Entrepreneurs Launch in November

placeholderAfter 2 successful years of Entrepreneurs-in-Training (Athena’s startup bootcamp for high school girls) and overwhelming interest in similar programming for adult women, we are happy to announce the first in a series of workshops designed to support and accelerate women-led startups in the greater NYC area.

Click here to reserve your slot: Media Savvy with Naomi Wolf: A Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs, that will be held November 15, 2014 at 2pm on Barnard’s campus.

Athena Film Festival a Hit at Barnard’s Founders Day

placeholderOn Sunday, October 26th, the Barnard campus was open for a daylong celebration that included lectures and classes; dance, music, and theatre performances; a digital dance performance; history exhibitions; film screenings; and activities for all ages.

The Athena Film Festival hosted a screening of the film: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, that first played at the 2014 Film Festival. The screening was followed by a panel on women’s leadership and activism with Barnard Professor Premilla Nadasen, Lulu Mickelson ’14, and Kathryn Kolbert, Director of the Athena Center.

Engaging Men and Women to End Campus Sexual Violence

placeholderOn October 10, Athena Distinguished Fellow, Jimmie Briggs, helped lead the event In Dialogue and Community:  Engaging Men and Women to End Campus Sexual Violence, along with Amy Zavadil, Associate Dean for Equity, and the SGA Subcommittee.  This interactive workshop brought together members of the Barnard community to engage in meaningful dialogue about the role of men as allies in shifting the culture that enables campus sexual violence. The workshop included an introductory presentation followed by facilitated small group discussions, a sharing of ideas and challenges, and ending with identified opportunities and lessons learned.  The day was a “call to action” with the goal of producing actionable, take-away tools and ideas that will benefit all the participants and community at-large.

The Athena Film Festival in Toronto

placeholderOn Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Athena Film Festival, convened a breakfast at the Toronto International Film Festival with distinguished media, film, and industry guests. Melissa spoke about the need to increase women in more visible roles in Hollywood and plans for the 2015 Festival.

Upcoming Events

Women and Power: Women and Work from Alcott to Hewlett


Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7–8:30 PM
Diana Event Oval

In partnership with the  Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and nonprofit publisher The Library of America, the Athena Center is co-hosting Women and Power: Women and Work from Alcott to Hewlett. Economist, author and CTI Founding President, Sylvia Ann Hewlett will discuss early findings from her organization’s report on Women and Power which will explore women and their association with power in global markets. Acclaimed novelist and biographer, Susan Cheever, who unveils newsworthy but long forgotten gems by beloved author, Louisa May Alcott in her new collection Louisa May Alcott: Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Stories & Other Writings will discuss how issues facing Victorian women in the work place shed light on issues women face today.

The pairing of these two women will ignite a powerful dialogue  – affording a unique opportunity to connect and compare the struggles of women at work in the nineteenth century and today.

The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Power Talk with Angela Oh

placeholderTuesday, November 18, 2014
7–8:30 PM
223 Ella Weed Room, Millbank Hall

On November 18, come hear Angela Oh, a 2014 Athena Distinguished Fellow. Oh is an attorney mediator with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In 1992, Oh gained entered the national spotlight as a mediating force for Korean Americans during the Los Angeles riots. In 1996, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as one of seven Advisory Board Members to the President’s Initiative on Race. Come hear Oh talk about managing a national crisis in race relations and emerging with new possibilities on the other side of it.

The event is free, but registration is required.  Click here to register.

Athena Partners with Women’s Entrepreneurship Day


November 19, 2014
7:30AM – 6PM
The United Nations

Governor Cuomo will declare November 19th the day of the Woman Entrepreneur in New York at the United Nations, President Obama will say a few words about Mama Sarah Obama and Entrepreneurs@Athena will be in the house as one of the strategic partners making it all happen.

Join us in the room (tickets here) at the UN and use our 25% off discount code (WED25)!

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