Power Talks

Come Join the Conversation

From Anna Quindlen on feminism to Charlayne Hunter-Gault on journalism to Sheila Nevins on documentary filmmaking, Power Talks feature today’s leaders in conversation on provocative topics of the moment. Each talk is followed by an audience Q&A.  



Minerva Tantoco

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Innovator, Inventor  & Entrepreneur

On October 20, 2016 - LEARN MORE                                                                                                                       

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Saru Jayaraman

Athena Distinguished Fellow, an outspoken leader in the food labor movement as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) 

On November 21, 2016 - LEARN MORE

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Jacki Zehner

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Member and Chief Engagement Officer of Women Moving Millions

On December 7, 2016 - LEARN MORE

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Shiza Shahid

Athena Distinguished Fellow, Founder and CEO of the Malala Fund

January 31, 2017 - LEARN MORE

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Loretta J. Mester

President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

March 2, 2017 - LEARN MORE

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Irin Carmon

Athena Distinguished Fellow and co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

April 19, 2017 - LEARN MORE

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2015 - 2016


Nely Galán​

Athena Distinguished Fellow & Founder of the Adelante Movement (Move Forward). LEARN MORE


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Joan Fallon​
Athena Distinguished Fellow, Founder & CEO of Curemark  LEARN MORE


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2014 - 2015



Sallie Krawcheck

Athena Distinguished Fellow and chair of the Ellevate Network. LEARN MORE.





Linda Basch

Athena Distinguished Fellow and former President of the National Council for Research on Women.  LEARN MORE.




Jeanne Sullivan

Athena Distinguished Fellow and Co-Founder of StarVest Partners
A conversation on Leadership and Entrepreneurship. LEARN MORE.
Angela E. Oh
Athena Distinguished Fellow and Attorney Mediator
A conversation on Advocacy and Conflict Resolution. LEARN MORE.



2013 - 2014


Wendy Spencer

CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
A Conversation on Leadership and Community Service with Kim Johnson. LEARN MORE.



John Gerzema

An Athena Center Fellow and author of the best-selling book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And The Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future. LEARN MORE.



Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, and author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor. LEARN MORE.




Marie Wilson

Marie Wilson, a 2013 Athena Center Fellow and former President of The White House Project. LEARN MORE.




Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs, an Athena Center Fellow, award winning journalist and creator of the "Man Up Campaign". LEARN MORE.




2012 - 2013

Ina Drew
Former Chief Investment Officer, JP Morgan Chase
A Conversation on the Economy and Financial Services with Barnard President Debora Spar   LEARN MORE


Sheila Nevins '60
President of HBO Documentary Films
A Conversation on Leadership with Barnard President Debora Spar   LEARN MORE


2011 - 2012

Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America, with 2.1 million workers in healthcare and public and property services.   LEARN MORE
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Helene D. Gayle '76
President and CEO of CARE USA, an international humanitarian organization whose poverty fighting programs reached 82 million people last year in 87 countries.  LEARN MORE

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Award-winning journalist and author; Special Correspondent, NPR
From Closed Doors to Open Roads: A Journalist's Journey    LEARN MORE

2010 - 2011


Frances X. Frei

The UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Planning and Recruiting,  Harvard Business School.  
Reverence: Leading Organizations with Excellence and Integrity    LEARN MORE
Margot Adler
N.Y. Bureau Chief, NPR; Author of Drawing Down the Moon, a study of contemporary nature religions, and a 1960's memoir, Heretic's Heart.               
Vampires Are Us - Women, Power and Leadership  LEARN MORE

Anna Quindlen '74
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author
The F Word: A Celebration  LEARN MORE