Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being

Financial Well-Being

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Barnard's financial wellness programming empowers women to have the knowledge to address their comprehensive financial well-being.

Financial concerns are significant stressors for many, and Barnard recognizes that financial wellness—including the aptitude to understand one's personal finances and the conscious ability to control one’s financial future—is a vital aspect of an individual’s long-term physical and mental well-being. Financial knowledge, confidence, empowerment, and independence are crucial aspects of girls' and women's success. Through a broad array of programming, the College aims to equip our community with the knowledge and skills needed to manage one’s personal finances and the confidence to make sound long-term plans to support their financial wellness beyond the gates.

Barnard offers financial well-being programming for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being will be a physical destination that unites and expands all of Barnard's financial programs. From spaces devoted to helping students understand their financial aid packages to promoting women and investing, the Center will be a leader in financial well-being.

Financial Wellness

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Our financial wellness programming includes opportunities for you to not just become fluent, but to develop healthy financial practices that can impact all aspects of your life in positive ways. Workshops and courses for all levels of knowledge that will give you tools, tips and guidance you can use to start building a stronger financial foundation for the future today. These programs are often offered in close partnership with offices at Barnard that work with first-generation and low-income students.

Past programs include:

  • Renting in NYC
  • Investing For Newbies
  • Budgeting Basics
  • Ask For More
  • Where Does My Money Go? Understanding Your Pay Stub
  • Simple Habits That Will Help You Navigate Any Financial Crisis
  • Salary Negotiation and Self Advocacy
  • A College Student’s Guide to Managing Your Money
  • Financial Fluency for First Years (in coordination with Beyond Barnard)

Finance + Career

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Barnard provides advising and resources in the areas of career exploration and development, opportunities for experiential education, preparation for graduate and professional school, and support for applications to competitive national and international fellowships.

Past programs include:

  • My Money, My Plan series (in coordination with Women on the Move/JP Morgan) focusing on
    - Credit
    - Setting SMART Financial Goals
    - Achieving Your Financial Goals through Saving

    - Managing Student Debt
  • Finance Focus: a semester-long Beyond Barnard series introducing students to Financial Services
    • Meet Finance Employers: BNP Paribas
    • Meet Finance Employers: Bank of America
    • Supporting Economic Opportunity Initiatives: Bank of America's $1 Billion Plan
    • Career Insights: Alumnae in Financial Services
    • Meet Finance Employers: MUFG
    • 10 Memberships to the organization 100 Women in Finance will also be supported by Beyond Barnard

Community Programming

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The Office of Development and Alumnae Relations collaborates with the Alumnae Association of Barnard College as well as Beyond Barnard and other campus partners to create financial and career programming for alumnae. Visit the Alumnae Network for the complete event listing.

Upcoming programs:

Past programs include:

  • Judith Rodin Shares Her Insights: The president emerita of the University of Pennsylvania and the Rockefeller Foundation discusses civic-minded university leadership and the importance of financial wellness for women.
  • Women on the Move Podcast: How Barnard’s President Sets Female Students on the Path to Success
  • Financial Health and Wellness Program – A conversation with Lynn Najman ’72 and Michelle Huhnke ’89
  • Adulting in 2020: Essentials for Thriving Amidst Uncertainty
  • Community Table: Alumnae Restaurateurs on Navigating COVID-19
  • Beyond Barnard Alumnae Webinar Series: Job Search During a Crisis
  • Beyond Barnard Webinar Series: Know Your Worth: Negotiating Salary and Benefits
  • Resetting the Wealth Agenda: Advancing a More Equitable Economy

The Office of Human Resources has recently launched a series of virtual interactive wellness webinars to support our staff as we face these unprecedented times together. Topics have ranged from How to Thrive and Lead During Challenging Times to Caring for Yourself: Avoiding Emotional Fatigue. For more information on how to participate, Barnard staff and faculty should contact