On Monday, March 14, secondary school students from around Johannesburg gathered at African Leadership Academy to take part in Barnard's 2011 Young Women’s Leadership Workshop. The event featured a plenary address by Nomsa Moeketsi of Absa Group, Ltd., who stressed the importance of financial literacy for young women. Participants also heard from Barnard President Debora Spar and Professor Kathryn Kolbert, director of Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies. Johanna Fishbein, Barnard's coordinator of international recruitment, talked about the value of liberal arts education.
Later in the day, six Barnard students led small group workshops helping participants explore what it means to be a leader. They led discussions and activities that examined existing leadership roles for young women in their own communities, and ways of becoming the women leaders they aspire to be in African and beyond.
Participants included more than 80 young women from the African Leadership Academy, Lebone II College, Parktown Girls’ School, St. Mary’s School, Sele Secondary School, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, IEDT Learners, St. Stithians College, the Student Sponsorship Programme, and the Diepsloot Combined School.