Barnard’s Global Symposia series was launched in 2009 with four main goals in mind: to provide a dynamic forum for discussion of women's issues in regions where such opportunities do not readily exist; to create a network of women leaders from around the world; to inspire young women about their own leadership potential; and to provide an opportunity for Barnard, as an American college, to learn from women in other parts of the world and bring their stirring stories back to our students.
WOMEN CHANGING CHINA
In March 2009, Barnard College was delighted to host an influential group of extraordinary women leaders for a symposium in Beijing entitled Women Changing China. This high-profile event celebrated the lives of women in China today and examined the distinctive ways in which they are working, influencing others, and shaping the world around them. Based on the success of Beijing, the College decided to launch an innovative series of global symposia, focusing each year on women's leadership in a different region of the world.
WOMEN IN THE ARAB WORLD
The second Barnard Global Symposium, Women in the Arab World, held in Dubai in March 2010, gathered the preeminent women of the Middle East for a dialogue on women's leadership, women's agency and women's voices.
WOMEN CHANGING AFRICA
In March 2011, Barnard was honored to present its third symposium,Women Changing Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event brought together leaders—in government, commerce, academia, media, and the arts—for a day of collaboration, networking and discussion.
WOMEN CHANGING INDIA
In March 2012, the day-long Mumbai symposium drew over 400 guests from around India and the world, including Barnard students, alumnae, and faculty. Some of India's most preeminient women leaders spoke on issues surrounding social activism, entrepreneurship, and media.
WOMEN CHANGING BRAZIL
Barnard hosted its fifth annual Global Symposium in São Paulo. Approximately 400 people attended the day-long event at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo, which brought together exceptional leaders from all over the country as well as Barnard students, alumnae and faculty for wide-ranging discussions addressing education, activism, leadership, science, the arts, public policy, government, work-life balance, and violence against women.
WOMEN CHANGING CHINA, 2014
In 2014, Barnard traveled back to China, this time to Shanghai. Women Changing China brought together some of China’s most prominent women leaders in business, finance, academia, media, and the arts. This event featured panel discussions and conversations on women’s leadership, women’s agency, and women’s voices, as well as lunch and networking opportunities.
WOMEN CHANGING THE WORLD
In celebration of Barnard College's 125th Anniversary, the Seventh Annual Global Symposium was held on-campus, in New York City. The event brought together a remarkable group of international leaders in the fields of business, media, the arts, finance, government, and academia. Panelists joined the Barnard Community for frank and open discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing women in different regions of the world, and about the ways in which the voices and leadership of women are making a difference.