Join us for a fun and thought-provoking weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight inspiring stories of remarkable women. Q & A sessions with filmmakers, conversations with Hollywood stars, workshops for women in the film community, and more.

The fourth annual Athena Film Festival is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards, which honor noted actors, directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments. Philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional awardees include Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri, and Kasi Lemmons. Read More

Join us for a screening of the Athena Global Shorts -- a 56 minute collection of 4 short films directly by talented female filmmakers. The films celebrate the power, audacity and creativity of women leaders and showcase the innumerable ways women lead in their countries and communities.


On Friday, February 3rd, 2012, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies co-hosted the White House Urban Economic Forum, along with The White House Business Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls & the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Barnard students plan the inaugural Baraza: Young African Women’s Leadership Initiative

Welcome to the inaugural Baraza: Young African Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted at Barnard College,
Columbia University and sponsored by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

Baraza, a Swahili word for “meeting”, aims to bring together passionate female African students and connect
them with exceptional leaders from across Africa. It is an opportunity for these young women to brainstorm
ideas for entrepreneurial projects aimed at improving education, the environment, and women’s health, as well as increasing the participation of young women in business and politics throughout the continent. This Baraza will
also honor exceptional students who have contributed to bringing positive change to Africa.

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