New York, August 17, 2017 – The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College announced today their 2017 Class of Distinguished Fellows, which includes best-selling author and founder of Working Mother Media Carol Evans, progressive media strategist Jehmu Greene, community health organizer Manmeet Kaur and gender justice leader Kavita Ramdas.

Nominated by their peers, the Distinguished Fellows are those who have attained recognized positions of leadership within their careers and communities and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women leaders within the U.S. and across the globe. Fellows serve a two-year term and are invited to visit Barnard classes as guest lecturers, to share their experience with the Barnard community through the Power Talk lecture series, to serve as instructors and moderators for our skill-building Leadership Labs, and to work with Barnard students on relevant research and writing projects.

"We are honored to welcome these esteemed women to the Athena family. This diverse class of Fellows are pioneers in their fields and champions of women. We look forward to having them share their insights and experience with the Barnard community," said Kathryn Kolbert, the Constance Hess Williams ’66 Director of the Athena Center.

Distinguished Fellows

Carol Evans is Founder and President Emeritus of Working Mother Media (WMM) and CEO of her own consulting firm, Carol Evans Enterprises. In 2006, Penguin published Evans’ award-winning book This Is How We Do It: The Working Mother’s Manifesto, helping working moms to find joy in their busy lives and urging companies to support them with best practices and policies.

Jehmu Greene is an award-winning progressive media and advocacy strategist and recent candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. As a Fox News Political Analyst, Jehmu defends progressive values and policies on the network. She also co-founded Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, an initiative that works to elevate the conversation on immigration reform. In 2017, Jehmu was a candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Manmeet Kaur ’05 is the founder of City Health Works, which advocates for the integration of local health coaches into the U.S healthcare system. Prior, she was an advisor to the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign and worked on community health and workforce initiatives in South Africa (Mamelani Projects), India (LabourNet) and NYC (Brennan Center for Justice).

Kavita Ramdas is a leading advocate for gender justice, who recently completed her tenure at the Ford Foundation as the Senior Advisor on Global Strategy where she worked to integrate an equity lens across all programs and develop a global philanthropy framework. From 1996 to 2010 Kavita served as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.            

Contact: Beth Kwon