Build your leadership skills and learn from the experts. Athena Leadership Labs help Barnard students discover, explore, and practice meaningful leadership skills in an intimate, peer-to-peer environment. Topics include collaboration, communication, and more.
Workshops are FREE and open to all Barnard students.
Collaboration Leadership Labs Fall 2019
Do group projects make you squirm? Depending on others to get a project completed is a daunting task but when done well can lead to significantly better results than going it alone. Embracing different perspectives and work styles can actually lead to breakthroughs. These workshops will make you want to seize opportunities to collaborate, and show you how you can make the collaborative process more engaging, dynamic and worthwhile rather than a drain on your already way too limited time.
Make Meetings Matter: Monday, September 23, 5pm-6:30pm: How do you hold a meeting that has everyone engaged and not scrolling on their phones? By developing a thoughtful meeting design and facilitation practice, you can make any convening productive and dynamic while building community with your team.
In this workshop, you will:
• Explore and come to understand the various strategies and approaches to designing meetings for small group sizes.
• Develop an understanding of the methods of facilitation, particularly modes of facilitation that tend to power dynamics.
• Gain experience in designing a meeting for a small group.
Improv 101: Thursday, October 17, 6:30pm-8pm: Come for improv, leave with a new way of thinking about how to maximize the talents of a team. In this workshop, you’ll learn a set of skills that will help you make collaborating with others in your classes and your work more creative and fun.
Communication Leadership Labs Fall 2019
Communicate with Impact. You’ve got a brilliant idea and now you need to know how to get it out there. ...or maybe you need to have a difficult conversation but you don’t even know where to begin. Take your communication skills to the next level with workshops designed to help you learn how to speak confidently, effectively and use the right platform to reach your audiences.
Courageous Conversations: Thursday, October 10, 5pm-6:30pm: Develop the confidence and the skills you need to transform challenging encounters and moments of potential conflict into stronger relationships with peers, family and those in positions of authority.
The Art of the Podcast: Monday, October 21, 5pm-6:30pm: The podcast has become an increasingly popular tool for delivering ideas and content in an easily accessible format. As this new medium has been exploding, find out if this is the right platform for you to share your important message or launch your big idea.
Entrepreneurs are people who think out of the box and make their own rules. But where do they begin? Does becoming an entrepreneur require specific expertise, innate skills, gall, or luck? In this workshop we'll introduce the principles, skills and ideas that it takes to be successful in the startup world. You will learn how to harness entrepreneurial spirit—the ability to be flexible, persistent and adaptable—in every aspect of your life. Spoiler alert: you've already got all the skills you need!
Have you always wanted to join the coding revolution but been unsure of where to start? This hands-on lab invites you to learn foundational and tangible programming skills. Led by Barnard alumna Cassidy Mayeda ‘18, this exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of coding welcomes beginners and students of all academic backgrounds. Just bring yourself and a laptop. Leave with the confidence and knowledge of how to access and understand coding today.
Does investing seem intimidating? Want to successfully tackle your financial future? Then, this is the lab for you! Even if you don’t have any money saved, it’s not too early to start thinking about how to grow your money. It takes courage to learn about investing - especially if it is not your major nor planned line of work. This lab will leave you prepared to make smart decisions that can have significant impact on your wallet regardless of what career you choose.
Tell your story! Personal storytelling can connect you to your audience and your classmates, and give you a chance to reflect on life. But how do we create the conditions for great storytelling? Leaders of The Moth's Education Program will lead a lively, on-our-feet workshop to brainstorm and craft your own Moth stories and listen to your classmates share about their own lives, too. We’ll end by reflecting on ways that Moth stories can serve you in leadership contexts— from job interviews to proposals to building your personal mission.
More than voting, women's voices were heard and their power felt in 2018. Learn about these 10 easy ways to be engaged in government and politics in an off election year. Whether it is writing an OpEd, marching in the streets, running for office or just simply becoming more aware of the issues that matter to you, VoteRunLead will walk you through how to be engaged and empowered citizens all year round. These leadership skills will help you in your civic activism, your student leadership and your confidence to speak your mind.