Learn and then practice important skills in a low-stress, peer-to-peer environment through these free workshops (open to all Barnard students). This spring, we're offering a few different series -- keep reading!
Make Your Ask
In this series, you'll learn how to make an ask for help or money that ends in an enthusiastic Yes!
Thursday, January 30, 5pm-6:30pm. Whether you're aware of it or not, you've been negotiating your whole life. We negotiate with our family, friends, teachers, bosses, and colleagues - to name a few. This workshop will introduce you to a wide array of negotiating techniques and provide you with the tools you need to negotiate effectively in various situations.
Workshop Instructor: Margaret “Meggie" Palmer is a speaker, journalist, and proud Aussie who now calls NYC home. Meggie is the founder of PepTalkHer, an organization on a mission to close the gender pay gap. They help our community of professional, aspirational women globally negotiate & know their worth. Download the app here. Meggie spent 15 years as a journalist & foreign correspondent in Europe, the USA & Australia. She’s worked for BBC World, CNBC, SBS Dateline, Channel 7, Channel 10, SKY, Vogue, Marie Claire & News Corporation. She travels globally running workshops, speaking and helping companies with retaining female leaders & diversity.
Wednesday, February 5, 6pm-7:30pm. How do you get others on board with your great idea? How do you recruit your first believers, potential partners, and possible investors? Amy Chen '10 will show you how to get your ideas to stand out (in front of any audience!) using effective storytelling, strong visuals and compelling evidence that makes it impossible for your listeners to ignore.
Workshop Instructor: Amy Chen '10 supports and advocates for startups in NYC's technology community. Currently, she works in the venture capital business development group at Amazon Web Services to help venture-backed startups grow and scale. Previously, she led the accelerator program at NYC Media Lab and invested over $1 million in grants to emerging media technology startups there. Prior to that, she led incubator partnerships and programming at Urban Future Lab focusing on cleantech and smart city technologies. Amy graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Economics and from NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA.
Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm-8pm: What do you do when you're working on something and you need some help? Whether it's money, time, an introduction, or something else, come to this workshop to learn how to ask for help and ensure the only possible answer is YES!
Workshop Instructor: Victoria Cuellar '05 is a senior member of the PropelNext program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (now Blue Meridian Partners). She manages the selection of the initiative’s grantees and delivery of the program, and she also develops and implements projects and strategic plans on behalf of the foundation. Before joining EMCF, Victoria was a program manager for the Live Theater Program at Early Stages, an arts education organization for New York City schoolchildren, and a development associate at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond, CA. She has also contributed as a mentor and Advisory Board member in the Barnard Alumnae-to-Student Mentoring Program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Barnard College and a master’s in nonprofit management from the New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
Feel Well, Do Good
In this series, you'll develop tools you can use to make sure you're taking care of yourself while you're working on your ideas for change.
Monday, February 24, 5pm-6:30pm. Climate change, voting rights, violence against women... there's no shortage of big, complex issues to tackle, not to mention coursework, internships, and clubs that take up your time. It can get overwhelming! Barnard alumna and meditation instructor, Adriana DiFazio '15 will show you how to use mindfulness meditation to ensure you're taking care of yourself while simultaneously delivering on commitments you've made.
Workshop Instructor: Adriana DiFazio '15 is a New York-based meditation instructor, writer, and speaker. She started meditating as a student at Barnard College in 2012 within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Her personal interest in mindfulness practices led her to become one of the founding team members and General Manager of Exubrancy, a national office wellness company. She provides meditation instruction at MNDFL, corporate offices, and events throughout the country. Adriana graduated from MNDFL’s 300-Hour Meditation Teacher Training Program in 2016 and the Mukpo Institute, a three-month meditation retreat, in 2018.
Monday, March 2, 5pm-6:30pm. Laugh in the face of uncertainty with us in this fun workshop. You'll learn how improv can help you become more resilient and empathetic -- and less stressed as you navigate the unknown.
Funny Girls - Funny Girls is a program of the Harnisch Foundation, which has worked for over 20 years in support of advancing equality and inclusivity, with a focus on women and girls. Funny Girls most recently ran a highly regarded Ted Women workshop, along with workshops at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party and Girl Scouts USA National Convention in 2017.
Field Manager & Applied Improv Coach: Jill Frutkin is a seasoned educator with renown for creating and running a theatre arts program for students on the autism spectrum. Her expertise is in teaching improv-based classes that focus on furthering communication and presentation skills. She comes from a theatre (BFA, NYU) and education (MST, Pace) background and is excited to be part of the Funny Girls team.
Program Manager & Applied Improv Coach: Sara Ach is an experienced improviser, coming up through Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and performing in shows around LA with her improv team for several years. Recently relocated to NYC, she is combining her passion for education, equality, and female empowerment with her love of improv and is excited to support our instructors and build out the Funny Girls program.
Active Civic Engagement
Find out how you can shape your community, your state, and your country through political participation.
Monday, February 10, 5pm-6:30pm. Civic engagement doesn't end at the ballot box. How do we hold the people we put into office accountable? Learn how you can do that on the local level with activist, Cea Weaver.
Workshop Instructor: Cea Weaver is the campaign coordinator of the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance. Cea works with 70 organizations across New York State that represent tenants and homeless New Yorkers in their fight to strengthen tenant protections, increase investment in social housing, and end homelessness.
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Have you always wanted to join the coding revolution but been unsure of where to start? This hands-on lab invites you to learn foundational and tangible programming skills. Led by Barnard alumna Cassidy Mayeda ‘18, this exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of coding welcomes beginners and students of all academic backgrounds. Just bring yourself and a laptop. Leave with the confidence and knowledge of how to access and understand coding today.
Part of our Financial Fluency series, Spring 2019.
Does investing seem intimidating? Want to successfully tackle your financial future? Then, this is the lab for you! Even if you don’t have any money saved, it’s not too early to start thinking about how to grow your money. It takes courage to learn about investing - 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 a significant impact on your wallet regardless of what career you choose.
Tell your story! 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 and listen to your classmates share about their own lives, too. 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.
More than voting, women's voices were heard and their power felt in 2018. Learn about these 10 easy ways to be engaged in government and politics in an off-election year. Whether it is writing an OpEd, marching in the streets, running for office or just simply becoming more aware of the issues that matter to you, VoteRunLead will walk you through how to be engaged and empowered citizens all year round. These leadership skills will help you in your civic activism, your student leadership and your confidence to speak your mind.