Starting in 2009, Barnard College hosted an annual Global Symposium to expand the borders of our conversations beyond the United States and share ideas with colleagues around the world. From 2009 to 2016, these Symposia highlighted women’s leadership and entrepreneurship in different regions—Beijing (2009), Dubai (2010), Johannesburg (2011), Mumbai (2012), São Paulo (2013) and Shanghai (2014). In 2015, in celebration of its 125th Anniversary, Barnard welcomed a group of remarkable women from around the world to New York City for the seventh annual Global Symposium, Women Changing the World. Barnard held its 2016 symposium in Paris, France. Read more about past symposia.
Over the past eight years, the Symposia have helped build a network of women leaders across the globe. Now Barnard turns to addressing the global challenges that these leaders and entrepreneurs must face in a rapidly changing world. In 2016-17, Barnard engaged in a series of Global Salons—conversations with international partners that discuss solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges of our time. The first Global Salon, hosted by Azita Raji ’83, Ambassador of the United States of America to Sweden, took place in Stockholm and addressed issues of gender equity and inclusion. The second Global Salon took place in February 2017 in New Delhi, India, and brought together partners in the educational and non-profit sectors to discuss environmental sustainability and climate change. The third Global Salon, hosted by UBS Bank in April 2017 in Hong Kong, China, addressed training the next generation of women leaders.