The Athena Center for Leadership Studies Presents Fall 2018 Leadership Labs 
The Labs are low-pressure, interactive workshops with leading experts from a variety of fields. They cover a range of topics and are designed to broaden your horizons, sharpen your skills, and hone your passions. 
The Labs are FREE and open to all Barnard students.  Based on our AthenaCORE10, they are unique to Barnard and teach invaluable tools for success.  



Click on the link below to secure your spot! We will send a confirmation email and reminders. 
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A College Student's Guide to Managing Your Money 
Start the new semester on the right foot with this interactive workshop on how to manage your money while at Barnard. From student loans to credit cards to budgeting wisely, this is a great opportunity to ensure you make smart decisions when it comes to saving and spending your hard-earned cash.
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Time: 6:30pm–8pm Location: Diana LL103 Instructor: Christine Valenza Shin '84
The M Word: What is a Mentor and How Do I Find One?
We are often told these days that we need to find a mentor in order to succeed in life but what does that word really mean and where do I begin? Come join our workshop and walk away with a clear understanding of what kind of mentor to look for, how to find one and how they can help you reach your goals.
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Time: 6:30pm–8pm Location: Diana LL103 Instructor: Courtney Brand
Tell Your Story With The Moth
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. 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.
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Time: 6:30pm–8pm Location: Diana 203 Instructors: Hanna Campbell, MS and Catherine McCarthy
Innovation and Impact Leadership Lab Series

This three part series will allow students to take a deeper look into the world of entrepreneurship from understanding what skills you need (and likely already have) to learning where to begin and how to get others on board.  These workshops are perfect for budding entrepreneurs but are also useful leadership skills in all areas.

The registration link will allow you to register for all three workshops; we encourage you to take all three workshops in this series but it is not required. 


Discover Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
Instructor: Nathalie Molina Niño
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30pm – 8pm 
Location: Athena Center Conference Room, Milstein Center 404

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 will 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 already have all the skills you need!

Crafting A Pitch
Instructor: Avani Patel
Wednesday, October 17, 5pm – 6:30pm 
Location: Athena Center Conference Room, Milstein Center 404

In this fast-paced interactive workshop, participants will learn how to craft a dynamic entrepreneurial pitch. We will identify the critical elements of content that should make their way into every pitch and demonstrate how to deliver those elements in the most compelling way.

Innovative Tools for Social Impact
Instructor: Garance Choko
Wednesday, November 14, 5pm – 6:30pm 
Location: Athena Center Conference Room, Milstein Center 404

Utilizing cutting-edge design and systems thinking tools such as participatory design, power mapping and rapid prototyping, students will learn how to expose complex social realities and appropriately define social impact. Students will map interrelated factors that perpetuate social and economic inequality and develop a series of pathways that can positively and sustainably impact targeted communities. 


Feminist Field Trip to the United Nations
On October 12 from 8:15am to 12:30pm you are invited to travel to the United Nations for a unique off-campus leadership lab and networking opportunity. The excursion includes a tour of the UN and a presentation from UN Women about their work to end gender inequality globally. Participants are expected to listen actively and ask questions, practice networking skills during the trip, and fill out a brief survey after the excursion. Please wear business-casual attire (no jeans or sneakers). See Eventbrite for important details.
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 Time: 8:15am–12:30pm Location: Meeting location will be sent in confirmation email
Keeping Your $20s in Your 20s
Are you looking to learn how to make smart financial decisions but don't know how to start?   Come to this workshop to learn the basics of money management—sound tips and tactics for saving your money and the knowledge, tools, and good habits needed to make educated and responsible financial decisions for your 20s, 30s and beyond!
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 Time: 5pm–6:30pm Location: Diana LL103  Instructor: Galia Gichon


Keep Your Goals and Your Sanity: Setting Intentions Through Mindfulness Meditation 
Life feel like an eternal growing check-list of need-to-do accomplishments and accolades? Feel perpetually discontent and confused as to what you’re even working towards? Barnard 15’ graduate and meditation instructor, Adriana DiFazio, breaks down how to work towards your dreams and goals while also keeping your sanity through mindfulness meditation. 
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 Time: 5pm–6:30pm Location: Diana LL103 Instructor: Adriana DiFazio '15
Negotiating Your Worth

In this interactive workshop, recruiter, career coach, and Barnard alum Caroline Ceniza-Levine will cover: the different components of a job offer,  a 3-step process for negotiating, strategies for preparing for a salary negotiation, and common mistakes to avoid.

Through small group and partner exercises, participants will practice negotiating skills and get tips on how to continue developing these skills in the future. Bring your questions -- there will be ample time for Q&A!

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2018 Time: 6:30pm-8pm Location: Diana 203 Instructor: Caroline Ceniza Levine





 Barnard College students can register for a lab by clicking the workshop title/link.

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View Past Workshops HERE