Born or bred, women leaders still remain less the rule than the exception, commanding our curiosity and attention. What brought them to the pinnacle of their professions? Intense focus, the guidance of an enlightened mentor, networks of other professionals, sheer ambition combined with a sharp intellect, a talent for taking chances, or all of the above? In conjunction with the launch of The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, we asked five outstanding alumnae leaders in a variety of professions about their careers, leadership styles, and shortlists of leadership requirements. Read on and see if you agree.
Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, Edited By Elizaneth Benedict ’76
Teaching in middle and high schools, pursuing advanced degrees, joining the ranks of administrators or journalists...Barnard alumnae share their insights about professional choices
Alumnae explore & learn
Virginia Hall and Juliet Poyntz led very different lives during and after Barnard. They had one thing in common—they were both spies.
There are legacies—and then there’s the legacy of Daniella Kahane. “In my Barnard application, I had to attach an extra page for the part about relatives who attended the College,” says Kahane. No wonder. Her great-grandmother, Millicent Lubetkin Aaronson ’15, started the tradition, followed by Kahane’s great-aunt, Grace Aaronson Goldin ’37, her grandmother, Alice Aaronson Zlotnick ’54, her mother, Tamar Zlotnick Kahane ’82, her aunt, Dena Zlotnick Felsen ’87, and her sisters, Talya Kahane Jacobs ’07 and incoming first-year student, Kelila Kahane ’15.
Outstanding Barnard alumnae are selected through a rigorous application and interview process, with winners representing the power and promise of a Barnard education. the Fellowship for Graduate Study is generously funded by the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund.
Slideshow of reunion 2010