The Athena Distinguished Fellowship Program is open to renowned leaders from the most senior levels of the private and public sectors, including leaders in business, law, medicine, government or NGOs. Beginning in fall 2013, the Center will select a class of Fellows who have attained recognized positions of leadership within their careers and communities and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women leaders within the U.S. and across the globe. Often Fellows are at an inflection point in their lives or careers—looking toward the broader role they might take on in passing down their experience and expertise to emerging women leaders. Fellowships range from nine months to two years.
Candidates commit to sharing their expertise and experience with emerging women leaders at Barnard and beyond and advocating for women’s leadership within their circles of influence and the local, national and international causes in which they participate.
Jimmie Briggs has earned a reputation as one of the most respected human rights advocates in the field of journalism over the past two decades. Briggs received the Barnard Medal of Distinction in May, 2013. A graduate of Morehouse College, he has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. His book, Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War, won accolades in 2005. Briggs has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research, and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the department of African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His upcoming book, Blood Work, questions manhood, masculinity, and tranformation in the 21st century. Most recently, Briggs founded the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative for mobilizing young people to stop violence against women and girls through the arts, sports, and technology. For his work with the Man Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ magazine's "Better Men Better World" search, as well as being chosen one of "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women's eNews.
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee has joined Barnard College as its inaugural Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice. Gbowee, will also serve as a Fellow in Residence at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and a Barnard Center for Research on Women Transnational Fellow. She will be teaching and guest-lecturing in Barnard’s Africana studies program. A trained social worker and women’s rights advocate, Gbowee is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, founder of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and co-founder and former executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003, is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In addition, Gbowee is the Newsweek Daily Beast's Africa columnist. She serves on the boards of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Gbowee Peace Foundation and the PeaceJam Foundation, and she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a master of arts degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a doctor of laws (LLD) honoriscausa from Rhodes University in South Africa and University of Alberta in Canada. Gbowee was honored as a flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is based in Monrovia, Liberia, and has six children.
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Linda Basch has held diverse leadership positions spanning higher education, the United Nations, the non-profit sector and facilitating research on corporate issues. An anthropologist, Linda worked as a Research Director at the United Nations, where she focused on social and economic development. Transitioning to higher education, she held senior leadership roles at New York University and Manhattan and Wagner Colleges, serving as Director of Academic Programs, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Academic Vice President respectively.
A decade later Linda was recruited to serve as President of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), a network of more than 100 leading research, policy and advocacy centers, where she worked to shape a research and advocacy agenda aimed at gaining rights and opportunities for women and girls, advancing women’s leadership and creating policy change. She also built a Corporate Circle of over 35 Fortune 500 corporations eager to access the research produced by this network, but also to support NCRW’s mission and goals. Under Linda’s leadership, NCRW issued reports focused on strategies to create greater gender equality and leadership opportunities for women, particularly in underrepresented areas like the sciences and business, and gave special attention to emerging women leaders across sectors.
Linda has written numerous books and articles for scholarly journals and her articles, letters and interviews have been featured in major media outlets including the Associated Press, NBC Today, the CBS Evening News, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Having taken NCRW through a significant growth period, Linda stepped aside a year and a half ago to become an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. Linda’s next chapter includes executive coaching to high potential leaders eager to develop their skills, to leaders in career transition, and to leaders of nonprofit organizations, and she is completing a coaching certification program at the Hudson Institute. She is looking forward to drawing on her experience and interests as an Athena Leadership Fellow at Barnard College over the next two years.
Linda is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Science and holds a PhD in Anthropology from New York University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
With a reputation for integrity, creativity, independence of thought, a sense of humor and an unrelenting focus on results, Sallie Krawcheck has built a career that has reached the top levels of success across a range of functions: as a senior corporate executive, as a research analyst and now as an entrepreneur. Recently named number 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People 2014,” she has also been referred to as one of the most successful and influential executives in financial services. From turning around and growing troubled wealth management businesses to eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest and advocating a true client-centered business model, Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” during her tenure at Sanford Bernstein. She spent years as the guardian of such brands as Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and US Trust.
Krawcheck has often noted that “Investing in women is simply smart business” and is expressing this view through her ownership in the Ellevate companies. The Ellevate network is 34,000-strong (and growing) global professional woman’s network, the most expansive and diverse of its kind. Ellevate Asset Management has partnered with Pax World to recently launch the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the highest-rated 400 companies in the world for advancing women; it is the first and only fund of its kind.
Krawcheck's embrace of social media as a means of including more people in her frank business conversations on women and business, regulatory reform and investor protection has garnered her more than 500,000 followers as a LinkedIn’s INfluencer and more than 22,000 followers on Twitter.
A Tar Heel fan through and through, Krawcheck also spends her time advising start-up companies, focusing on education-oriented philanthropy and serving on a variety of boards.
Angela E. Oh serves as an Attorney Mediator with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, where she is engaged in resolving disputes regarding civil rights in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations. Prior to working in this capacity, Ms. Oh was the Executive Director of the Western Justice Center Foundation, a non-profit organization that advances peaceful resolution of conflict by providing training and skill-building programs in mediation and dialogue facilitation.
In 1992, Oh gained national prominence as a mediating force for Asian Americans during the Los Angeles riots. In 1996, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as one of seven Advisory Board Members to the President’s Initiative on Race, which was charged with engaging the nation in an unprecedented dialogue on race relations in the United States of America.
Angela Oh has served in leadership positions on numerous commissions and boards, including as Chairperson of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Federal Judicial Nominations Committee for the Central District of California, a Member of the L.A. City Commission on Human Relations, as a Lawyer Delegate to the 9th Circuit U.S. Judicial Conference, and a Commissioner to the ABA Commission on Women in the Legal Profession.
Oh, a founding member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association was also a recipient of its annual Trailblazer Award, now known as the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award. Also a founding member of the Multi-cultural Bar Alliance in Los Angeles, Oh was among a small group of Asian American, Latino, and African American lawyers who envisioned collaboration among bar leaders across all communities. She has received numerous recognitions over the years, including the UCLA Alumni Award for Community Service, the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Award for Community Leadership, and the Alumni of the Year award from the UC Davis School of Law.
Oh’s public lectures and writings reflect the opportunities and challenges that diversity presents. Her lectures have taken her to China, Korea, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. She has held teaching appointments at UCLA in the Asian American Studies Department, University of Southern California Unruh Institute for Public Policy, and the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences and Political Science. Oh is also an ordained priest, Zen Buddhist, Rinzai Sect.
Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is a Co-Founder of StarVest Partners which was created in 1998 with $400 million under management. Jeanne has over 23 years of venture capital experience and has spent 30 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. Ms. Sullivan has honed her trade creating “go to market” plans for early and expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.
Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallets out of investors’ pocket.” Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and is a newly invited member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and is an Athena Distinguished Fellow for Barnard College. She also serves as advisor for many women-focused organizations that work to “fund and fuel” women entrepreneurs and is on the Global Board of Trustees of Astia, an organization that empowers high growth women entrepreneurs. Forbes cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs”. The New York Angels organization honored Jeanne as the OPEL award winner for 2013 – Outstanding Professionals for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Each year the Athena Center brings to campus an academic expert in women’s leadership or woman leader for a short-term visit. While on campus, they meet with students and center staff and share their expertise with others in the Barnard community.