Past Leadership Labs

Design Thinking and Innovation with Sheida Jafari

A friendly, interactive crash course in human-centered design. The fundamental goal of the class is to cultivate the creative, synthetic, and divergent thinking that is the hallmark of innovative leadership.

Sheida Jafari embodies the digital nomad, traveling over 1 million miles in the last years for Adar Partners, a Design Strategy Firm structuring campaigns in the entertainment, media, technology and travel/hospitality sectors.  Jafari credits her practice of Design Thinking and honing of Innovation Processes for a diverse and vital career.  She has provided strategic guidance to Fortune 500 CEOs. designed lifestyle guides for digital agencies, curated immersive spaces, and designed experiences geared towards cultivating self-management and discovery. An external, practical systems builder, Jafari strategizes for companies and initiatives that value joy, human dignity and curiosity.

Discover Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Nathalie Molina Niño

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!

Nathalie Molina Niño is an impact investor focused on making a catalytic impact on women in the world. A technologist and coder by training, she’s a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart, passionate about telling the often untold stories of women change-makers.

Negotiating Your Worth with Caroline Ceniza-Levine

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
•    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!

Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career and business expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart®. Prior to launching SixFigureStart® in 2008, Caroline spent 15 years in strategy consulting, executive search and HR. Caroline is a Barnard College alumna and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia SIPA.

Determining What’s Next: Carving A Clear Path To Achieving Your Goals with Alexis Sclamberg

College students are often confronted with the nagging question, “what are you doing after graduation?” This lab will help you formulate a plan of action that will leave you clear and excited about your next moves. Discover concrete steps to access your intuition, conceptualize and actualize goals, uncover buried possibilities, make thoughtful decisions, and identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Using visualization, intention setting, laser coaching, and engaging personal and group work, you will leave feeling confident about making your goals a reality.

Alexis Sclamberg is a personal growth writer, speaker and the co-founder of Borrowed Wisdom, a company that offers online programs to inspire and empower individuals to manifest a life they love. A former lawyer, Alexis has been called the “manifestation master of her generation” and is known for taking the woo-woo out of the law of attraction and breaking down complex scientific facts into simple tools for manifestation.

Keeping Your $20s in Your 20s with Galia Gichon

Are you looking to learn how to make smart financial decisions but don't know how to start?  Come to this two-hour 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!

Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with over 18 years' experience in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She is the Founder of “Down to Earth Finance” which offers individual sessions and seminars to address personal financial needs and concerns and the author of My Money Matters, a boxed set of financial cards with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks

Talking About Yourself: Telling Your Own Leadership Story In A Strategic Way with Barbara Greene

This interactive workshop will help students get more comfortable telling their own stories of leadership. In an age where controlling your own leadership narrative is a critical pathway to success, being able to identify the distinctive elements of that narrative is a valuable first step. During this session, each student will begin to examine the unique bundle of qualities and skills that she possesses. We will call that bundle The Value Proposition That Opens The Pathway (VPOP). Students will learn a three-step process for articulating their own VPOP so that they can articulate it with confidence on the way to success. They also will learn how to develop a new vocabulary for describing themselves, and in the process, begin to craft a leadership narrative that compels the audiences they care about to embrace and act upon it.

Barbara Greene is a management and strategic communication consultant with a range of clients from senior executives, to TED Talk speakers, start up entrepreneurs and other young or budding professionals. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia Law School, Barbara spent 14 years as an attorney, then an art dealer before landing in consulting.

Make Your Money Work For You: Investing For College Students with Galia Gichon

Want to successfully tackle your financial future? Then, this is the lab for you! It’s not too early to start thinking about how to grow your money - even if you don’t have any saved. Does investing seem intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. Investments are the fuel we need to retire, buy a home and understand how our economy works and delaying financial literacy can cost you. It takes courage to learn about investing and mutual funds - 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.

Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with over 18 years' experience in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She is the Founder of “Down to Earth Finance” which offers individual sessions and seminars to address personal financial needs and concerns and the author of My Money Matters, a boxed set of financial cards with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks

Fundraising for Social Good

If you plan to work in a nonprofit, start your own social venture, or be part of the political or financial world then becoming an effective fundraiser is key. In this workshop, you will learn proven fundraising techniques from two seasoned nonprofit fundraising professionals, gain a better understanding of how fundraising skills can improve your organization’s chance of success, and discover how these skills can enhance your success as a leader. You will learn about the ecosystem of support that exists for small-scale social ventures and what it is like to work in the nonprofit and social impact arena.

Tracey Allard is the Executive Director of The Resolution Project, an organization that provides seed-funding, mentorship, and advisory services to undergraduate social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Resolution, Tracey served as Executive Director of StreetWise Partners, an organization offering unique career mentoring and professional development services to individuals with multiple barriers to employment.

Tap the Power of Storytelling with Dr. Nancy Goldman

Storytelling is a powerful tool for students, job seekers, and professionals when networking, marketing your skills to potential employers, and leading others.  A great story connects leaders with their audience, empowers and motivates both the listener and story-teller.  In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create inspiring narratives and deliver them in authentic ways.

Nancy Goldman, Ed.D., combines her experience working with entertainment industry leaders and doctoral studies in adult learning, to train and coach individuals to identify and harness their experiences into compelling narratives for job searches, in corporate boardrooms, and in classrooms. Dr. Goldman uses storytelling and creativity to foster clarity, connection and change.

Changing The Face Of Leadership: Lessons From Women Who Are Rewriting The Rules with Cora Neumann

A critical look into how adaptive learning makes them some of the best leaders of our time. This will include a review of success and failure stories from female CEOs, politicians (secretaries of state, heads of state, first ladies), and creatives that illuminate how leadership is changing for the better.

For nearly 20 years, Cora Neumann has collaborated with local and national leaders in over 40 countries on strategies and programs to improve the lives of women and families. Cora is founder of the Global First Ladies Alliance, and served as a senior advisor under Secretary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State. She has worked for RAND Corporation, the Bush Institute,, the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Health Organization, and United Nations.

Getting in the Game: Finding Your Place in Civic Leadership with Erin Vilardi

Running for office is a great way to make an impact but can often feel overwhelming. So let's talk about the many ways you can shape your leadership and build your civic resume. Now more than ever, it is essential that women have a strong voice in the political arena. This lab will provide concrete ways to play a part in today's political discourse as well as how to pave the way for a future political office. As young citizens, it is vital to become knowledgeable of how the system works, find meaningful ways to become active players, and advocate for ourselves and our communities.

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead, a national organization leveraging technology and training to accelerate the number of women in civic and political leadership. She first launched VRL as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, establishing the largest national political training program readying women for public office and civic life, training over 15,000 women. She has served as a Leadership Development Consultant for a range of clients, including the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she co-developed the Athena CORE10©.

The Power of Diversity in Leadership with Krishan Abeyatunge  

Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? Learn and develop leadership tools that utilize social location to tap into the power of teamwork and community. Students will find that by expressing and then drawing upon the very qualities that make each of us unique, we find novel and nuanced solutions.

Krishan Abeyatunge is a Psychotherapist, Musician and Diversity Trainer from San Francisco, California. In addition to his private practice, Krishan facilitates trainings for both adolescents and adults around issues of diversity such as: Social Location, Systemic Racism, Privilege, Difference and Sense of Belonging.

Work Smarter Not Harder with Laura Anne Edwards

Tips from the trenches on how to make the absolute most out of every job you ever have – even the pretty awful ones! What unexpected things can you learn? What relationships really matter? (Hint: it’s not just your boss!) What is the most important thing in THIS job? Is it money? Is it skills? Is it titles and SEO building? What are the unique power and perils of being a young woman in the workforce?

Laura Anne Edwards is an award winning produce with deep expertise in production, technology and social enterprises. After many years in film and television both as a studio and indie producer, Laura’s had the opportunity to brand and launch cable networks, put on massive live events, serve on non-profit boards, go all in on some fin-tech and be involved with a series of media firsts such as debuting hidef trailers on Amazon, and broadcasting the first live video game competition in the US.

Don’t Fear Feedback! Instead, Take the Reins to Navigate Your Way to Success

"Feedback" is often conflated with criticism or reinforcement and as something that "happens" to us or is "handed" to us. In this workshop, you'll come to see feedback as a resource to actively welcome, invite, and tailor to fit your needs.   You'll receive a perspective on the value of feedback and then understand how essential receiving and incorporating useful feedback is to maintain your motivation and achieve your goals. Learn why it's important to have a thoughtful game plan to receive (and give) feedback and a toolkit that prepares you to design that game plan for your life, which will empower you to discern useful vs. unhelpful feedback, make powerful requests to get the guidance you need, engage in strategic self-reflection, and navigate your own path to success.

Let Those Who Have Voice, Speak: Using Narrative to Advocate with Impact

The origin of Advocacy means “to give voice.” Yet, many non-profits and social impact ventures fail to accurately and sincerely use the voice of the people whom they aim to help. This workshop introduces using the narrative experiences of others to advocate on their behalf. Examples of successful and impactful narrative efforts and how to collaborate with journalists and journalistic organizations will be discussed. Instructor Jimmie Briggs will share how he uses narrative to impact the cause about which he is passionate—engaging men in gender violence prevention and equality efforts through the work of his organization Man Up Campaign—and how his successes can be applied by all budding activists, advocates, and future non-profit leaders.