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On Friday, March 13, Barnard College will host the seventh annual Global Symposium, Women Changing the World 2015. In celebration of Barnard’s 125th anniversary, this year’s Symposium will take place on Barnard’s New York City campus for the first time. The event will bring together women from around the globe who are leaders in their fields of business, media, the arts, finance, government, and academia, for candid discussions about the challenges and opportunities facing women in different parts of the world. Many of the participants of this year’s Symposium were involved with past symposia in their home countries, making this year’s event a particularly dynamic and special occasion.

Speakers include:

  • Queen Noor of Jordan, Chairperson of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation
  • Wu Qing, Activist, Professor, and Co-Founder of the Beijing Changping Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women
  • Leymah Gbowee, Activist, President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Panmela Castro, Graffiti Artist and Founder of NAMI Network
  • Helene Gayle '76, President and CEO, CARE USA

See the full list of speakers and a lineup of the day’s panels.

As part of the annual Global Symposium festivities, Faculty Fellows and Student Fellows incorporate research opportunities for faculty, and leadership-development opportunities for students. Read more about the projects that the Faculty Fellows and Student Fellows are planning for this year's Symposium.

Read a recent Forbes article in which President Spar discusses this year's Global Symposium and the continuing effort to close the gender gap around the world.

Watch an MSNBC interview with New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena, a speaker at this year's Symposium.

Barnard’s Global Symposia series was founded in 2009 in an effort to provide a forum for conversations among women leaders about leadership, gender equity, and other critical issues facing women, especially in regions of the world where such opportunities do not readily exist. The symposia are also intended to create a network of women leaders from around the world, and to inspire young women about their own leadership potential. Watch videos from Women Changing China 2014, Women Changing Brazil 2013, Women Changing India 2012, Women Changing Africa 2011, Women in the Arab World 2010, and Women Changing China 2009.

Learn more about the Global Symposia series.

2014 Global Symposium, Women Changing China


2013 Global Symposium, Women Changing Brazil


2012 Global Symposium, Women Changing India


2011 Global Symposium, Women Changing Africa


2010 Global Symposium, Women in the Arab World


2009 Global Symposium, Women Changing China