Athena Film Festival 2012

February 9 - February 12, 2012
Barnard Campus

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.

Athena Film Festival

Thursday, February 10 - Sunday, February 13, 2011
Barnard College
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Athena Film Festival Award Winners Announced

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

Film Screening: Athena Global Shorts

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Barnard College Diana Center, Room LL104

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.


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Athena Center co-hosts Urban Economic Forum

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. 

Baraza - Young African Women's Leadership Initiative

November 4th and 5th, 2011
Barnard College Campus

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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