Athena Leadership Labs for Barnard Students
After a successful Athena Startup Clinic last semester, we’re doing it again; this time focused on social entrepreneurs.
Did you know that a current Barnard senior launched and then sold her company all before her senior year? Or about the Barnard grad (’11) whose startup just sold to Facebook for $15 million?
So, being an entrepreneur isn’t a pipe dream or something other people do. There are great ideas and even greater potential founders all around you, and possibly staring at you in the mirror. Come meet our social, tech and fashion entrepreneurs (some current students; others, recent graduates), learn how they got started and what makes them thrive. We will focus primarily on how their experiences can translate into your next step. It's a panel for learning how to take action, not just hear other people’s stories.
Come armed with questions and you’ll get access to quick and practical hands-on, action-oriented advice from some of the smartest and most experienced young social entrepreneurs around!
Eva Sasson is a Barnard junior (c’o 2014) greatly interested in the startup tech world. Eva started TappMob, a mobile and web applications company, the summer after her Freshman year at Barnard. TappMob is a completely student initiative; creating highly specialized applications for students by students. Eva works alongside 30 other students, including other Barnard and Columbia students. TappMob has been featured in many notable press outlets, and won the People’s Choice Award at the MobileBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco. In addition to TappMob, Eva is an Economics major, has taken relevant coursework at the London School of Economics and is greatly involved in her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau on the Columbia Campus.
Toby Milstein is a senior at Barnard majoring in History. In the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, she started a social action jewelry line--Wear It: Don't Bear It. 100% of profits go to organizations that help families cope with gun violence tragedy. The Bereaved Parents of the USA, a nation-wide organization dedicated to helping parents and families who have lost children, is one such organization she has supported.
Cynthia Hellen is a Peruvian-American, entrepreneur, writer, producer, director, and speaker. In her role as Founder and CEO, at SMPLCT Lab, Hellen is involved in all aspects of the company’s social and environmental impact. SMPLCT Lab is a for-profit R & D lab with a mission to create cross cultural collaboration between artists, designers, technologists, scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and citizens worldwide; design simple solutions for those living on less than $2 a day; and better educate society on sustainable living. Before SMPLCT Lab, she co-founded, directed, and produced GIRLS WHO ROCK during Internet Week NY, sponsoring girls’ education worldwide.
Libby Britain was the only non-technical hire at Branch, a technology startup whose products enabled great conversations to happen online. Branch was recently acquired by Facebook. Previously, Libby worked at Hearst Ventures, the New York Times, and two NYC technology startups, drop.io and outside.in. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2011 with a B.A. in Economic History.
Lulu Mickelson is a Barnard junior examining the intersection of art, technology, and social change as an Urban Studies major. With a history of community organizing, Lulu is the Founder and Senior Leader ofBarnard/Columbia’s Design for America Studio, a student-run activist think-tank that utilizes the human-centered design process as a platform to promote innovative, tangible local impact. Design For America serves as a platform for motivated student social entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate with faculty members, community nonprofits, and NYC professionals to create sustainable products and solve pressing issues concerning health, education, and the environment. Lulu is also a Barnard Centennial Scholar and the original catalyst for the creation of the Athena Mastermind program.
Sonali Pillay (a Barnard 2010 alumna) is the founder and CEO of Browsy, a fashion-tech startup that gives online fashion shoppers instant price comparison on products wherever they're shopping online. She founded Browsy after discovering consumer pain points in the online shopper experience while working as a management consultant.
Prior to founding Browsy, Sonali was a management consultant at Kurt Salmon and Edelman Consulting where she worked with both technology and consumer goods companies on corporate strategy (e.g., go-to-market strategies, market sizing analyses).
Emily-Anne Rigal is a leading voice in the crusade against bullying. Currently a student at Barnard, Rigal serves as the Director of WeStopHate.org, a non-profit program she founded in 2010 at age 16. WeStopHate which raises self-esteem in 100,000+ teens across the world as a way to combat bullying and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Seventeen Magazine, CNN and MTV. In 2012, Newsweek ranked Rigal on their list of the 150 Most Fearless Women in the World. For more information, please visitEmilyAnneRigal.com.
Shelby Lane graduated last May, but not before launching an innovative non-profit jewelry business that has raised $100,000 for the Jewish World Watch (JWW) Solar Cooker Project. The Project helps refugee women who fled genocide in Darfur and live in dangerous camps in neighboring Chad. Women are particularly vulnerable to rape and violence when they leave the camps to collect firewood, and the solar cookers eliminate the need to leave camps, reduce dangerous ashes breathed in from wood-burning stoves, and help economically empower the women who manufacture the stoves.
The Athena Center for Leadership Studies was established in fall 2009 and is dedicated to the advancement of inspired and courageous women leaders around the world.
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