Power Talks

Come Join the Conversation

From Anna Quindlen on feminism to Charlayne Hunter-Gault on journalism to Sheila Nevins on documentary filmmaking, PowerTalks feature today’s leaders in conversation on provocative topics of the moment. Each talk is followed by an audience Q&A.  



Nathalie Molina Niño

CEO and Founder of BRAVA Investments, author of Leapfrog, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs, and Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurs@Athena program

Click here to watch Nathalie's PowerTalk, recorded on October 10, 2018




Liza Donnelly

Athena Distinguished Fellow; visual journalist, cartoonist, and writer with The New Yorker and The New York Times; resident cartoonist at CBS News; and contributor to CNN

Click here to watch Liza's PowerTalk, recorded on November 7th, 2018


Farai Chideya

Athena Distinguished Fellow, author, researcher, and the Journalism Program Officer at the Ford Foundation

Click here to watch Farai's PowerTalk, recorded February 19th, 2019



Kavita Ramdas

Athena Distinguished Fellow and Gender Justice Advocate

Click here to watch Kavita's PowerTalk, recorded on September 26, 2017




Jehmu Greene

Athena Distinguished Fellow, award-winning progressive media and advocacy strategist, and recent candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Click here to watch Jehmu's PowerTalk, recorded on October 25, 2017



Manmeet Kaur
Athena Distinguished Fellow and Founder, City Health Works
Click here to watch Manmeet's PowerTalk, recorded on March 6, 2018



Carol Evans
Athena Distinguished Fellow and Founder and President Emeritus, Working Mother Media
Click here to watch Carol's PowerTalk, recorded on April 18, 2018




Minerva Tantoco

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Innovator, Inventor, Entrepreneur

Click Here to watch Minerva's PowerTalk, recorded on October 20, 2016




Saru Jayaraman

Athena Distinguished Fellow, an outspoken leader in the food labor movement as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) 

Click Here to watch Saru's PowerTalk, recorded on November 21, 2016



Jacki Zehner

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Athena Leadership Council Member, and Member and Chief Engagement Officer of Women Moving Millions

Click Here to watch Jacki's PowerTalk, recorded on December 7, 2016



Shiza Shahid

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Founder and CEO of the Malala Fund

Click Here to watch Shiza's PowerTalk, recorded on January 31, 2017



Loretta J. Mester

President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Click Here to watch Loretta's PowerTalk, recorded on March 2, 2017



Irin Carmon

Athena Distinguished Fellow and co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Click Here to watch Irin's PowerTalk, recorded on April 19, 2017



2015 - 2016

Nely Galán

Athena Distinguished Fellow & Founder of the Adelante Movement (Move Forward). LEARN MORE

Click Here to Watch Nely's PowerTalk, recorded on March 23, 2016




Joan Fallon

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Founder & CEO of Curemark  LEARN MORE

Click Here to Watch Joan's PowerTalk, recorded September 29, 2015




2014 - 2015

Sallie Krawcheck

Athena Distinguished Fellow and chair of the Ellevate Network. LEARN MORE.




Linda Basch

Athena Distinguished Fellow and former President of the National Council for Research on Women.  LEARN MORE.




Jeanne Sullivan

Athena Distinguished Fellow and Co-Founder of StarVest Partners
A conversation on Leadership and Entrepreneurship. LEARN MORE.



Angela E. Oh
Athena Distinguished Fellow and Attorney Mediator
A conversation on Advocacy and Conflict Resolution. LEARN MORE.



2013 - 2014

Wendy Spencer

CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
A Conversation on Leadership and Community Service with Kim Johnson. LEARN MORE.



John Gerzema

An Athena Center Fellow and author of the best-selling book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And The Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future. LEARN MORE.




Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, and author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor. LEARN MORE.




Marie Wilson

Marie Wilson, a 2013 Athena Center Fellow and former President of The White House Project. LEARN MORE.




Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs, an Athena Center Fellow, award winning journalist and creator of the "Man Up Campaign". LEARN MORE.




2012 - 2013

Ina Drew
Former Chief Investment Officer, JP Morgan Chase
A Conversation on the Economy and Financial Services with Barnard President Debora Spar   LEARN MORE





Sheila Nevins
President of HBO Documentary Films
A Conversation on Leadership with Barnard President Debora Spar   LEARN MORE




2011 - 2012

Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America, with 2.1 million workers in healthcare and public and property services.   LEARN MORE
Click Here to watch Mary's recorded Power Talk




Helene D. Gayle '76

President and CEO of CARE USA, an international humanitarian organization whose poverty fighting programs reached 82 million people last year in 87 countries.  LEARN MORE

Click Here to watch Helene's recorded Power Talk



Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Award-winning journalist and author; Special Correspondent, NPR
From Closed Doors to Open Roads: A Journalist's Journey    LEARN MORE




2010 - 2011

Frances X. Frei

The UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Planning and Recruiting,  Harvard Business School.  

Reverence: Leading Organizations with Excellence and Integrity    LEARN MORE



Margot Adler

N.Y. Bureau Chief, NPR; Author of Drawing Down the Moon, a study of contemporary nature religions, and a 1960's memoir, Heretic's Heart

Vampires Are Us - Women, Power and Leadership  LEARN MORE



Anna Quindlen '74
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author
The F Word: A Celebration  LEARN MORE