Welcome to Athena
We believe in the power of women to change the world. With more women in positions of power and influence, our society will become more innovative and productive — and the aspirations of women and girls around the world will rise.
The Athena Center provides opportunities for Barnard women to explore what it means to lead, to collaborate, to inspire, and to excel. Athena strives to give all Barnard students an opportunity to investigate their own leadership identity and to develop capacities in communication, influence, team-based collaboration, and innovative problem-solving strategies.
Our groundbreaking programs:
educate and develop new generations of women leaders;
create and promote innovative approaches to leadership development;
challenge—and change—cultural stereotypes of leaders; and
foster public dialogue that expands our understanding of leadership
These ambitious programs would not be possible without the generous support of many extraordinary donors and sound guidance from our Faculty and Student Advisors, Leadership Council, and exemplary Staff.