Someone has to do it first. But what does it take? This new series, Being the First, showcases trailblazers, pioneers, and those who were “the first” in their field. Taking a look at the journey it took to get there, these candid discussions aim to destroy stereotypes and explore strategies to accomplish personal, professional, and societal goals.

Barnard launched the series with Georgia Pestana ’84, an attorney and the first woman and first person of Hispanic heritage to hold the position of First Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City. In a conversation with Dean Avis E. Hinkson ’84, Pestana opens up about being a first-generation student at Barnard College; the hard work, dedication, and confidence it took to become one of New York City's leading lawyers; and what being the first means to her. Enjoy as Pestana shares some of her thoughts on these topics:

Life Lessons

Check back soon for an edited version of Being the First: The Pulitzer Prizes with Dana Canedy and Julie Zeilinger ’15.

Being the First is a series of conversations filmed in front of a live audience. For upcoming event dates, visit the events page.