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Columbia College Women (CCW)

We create meaningful opportunities that connect and empower women who positively impact the College, University and the world.

We are a dynamic community of alumnae, women students and faculty. We welcome your participation, enthusiasm and leadership as we advance and support the women of Columbia College!


The mission of Columbia College Women is to connect alumnae to the College, to one another and to women at large at Columbia University; provide enriching experiences and benefits that support alumnae throughout their lives, in both personal and professional endeavors; and create an engaged and dynamic community that strengthens the voices and leadership of women at Columbia University.


  • Sarah Aibel CC’92
  • Stephanie Alcone Bernik CC89, Secretary
  • Christina Alexander CC’01
  • Sareen Balian CC’23, Student Representative
  • Tiffany Bryant CC’08, President Emerita
  • Debra Chow CC’01
  • Virginia Cornish CC’91, Faculty Liaison
  • Lainy Destin CC’00, Mentoring Co-Chair
  • Lauren Dwyer CC’11
  • Nicole Estilo Kaiser CC’20, Programming Co-Chair
  • Maya Ho CC’18
  • Gail Katz CC’97, Outreach Co-Chair
  • Kristi Kennedy CC’91
  • Emily Lavine CC’18
  • Jacki Karsh CC’13, Outreach Co-Chair
  • Grace Kim CC’15, Development Co-Chair
  • Hannah Lederman CC’23, Student Representative
  • Kenyatta Monroe-Sinkler CC’91, Outreach Co-Chair
  • Akosua Oforiwaa-Ayim CC’11, Vice President
  • Nancy Pak CC’90
  • Maria Ramirez-Jurgens CC’92
  • Margaret Flynn Robison CC’90, President
  • Catherine Sposato CC’21
  • Nina Tannenbaum CC’97
  • Mahrah Taufique CC’12, Mentoring Co-Chair
  • Margaret Traub CC’88
  • Elizabeth Yuan CC’96, Programming Co-Chair

The Columbia College Women Board of Directors has four priorities: programming, outreach, development and mentoring. We invite you to join in one of the following committees, or to simply be an ambassador, attendee and/or supporter in our efforts.

Programming Committee

The Programming Committee develops and presents programming that will connect alumnae to one another and to students and faculty. This includes intellectual programming, social receptions, career networking and more.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee seeks to grow the Columbia College Women network across the globe to increase participation from all women, including students. Outreach will increase visibility and elevate the voice of women across Columbia, while building sustainable networks and bonds that help CCW and its members thrive.

Development Committee

The Development Committee fosters a culture of giving among Columbia College alumnae and students. It identifies opportunities for giving that resonate with women, identifies strategies for motivating alumnae generosity and finds opportunities for alumnae volunteers who believe in building a culture of philanthropy.

Mentoring Committee

Columbia College Women organizes a vibrant and successful mentoring program that matches alumnae mentors with female students. The mentoring program matches students and alumnae with similar interests, provides a template as to how the relationship can progress and provide forums for involvement. The committee encourages participation and supports career oriented programming to complement mentoring interactions.


Together in partnership with the Columbia Investment Management Company (“IMC”), Columbia College Women (“CCW”) created a Summer Investment Fellowship at one of the leading endowment management organizations in the world. In 2021 we welcomed our first Columbia College Fellows, and will be opening up applications for the summer of 2023 in Q4 2023.

Apply here.


The IMC is seeking a highly motivated student who is interested in endowment management. The candidate will be a current first year or sophomore and have:

  • Top academic performance and demonstrated leadership; prior investment experience is not necessary  Intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills This opportunity has been facilitated for Columbia College students by Columbia College Women (“CCW”). While all students are welcome to apply, those who gender identify as female or non-binary are especially encouraged to apply. CCW will support the Fellow with mentoring and other events designed to connect the Fellow into the Columbia alumnae community and provide an enriching financial educational experience
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Columbia College Women Mentoring

CCW offers a vibrant mentoring program that matches alumnae mentors with current students and young alumnae, creating connections through events and the online mentoring community called the Odyssey Mentoring Program.

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