Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics, and Associate Professor of Economics Emily Conover participated in a mentoring workshop for junior female economists that took place following the recent annual meeting of the American Economic Association (AEA) in San Diego. The workshop was sponsored by the AEA and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, of which Owen is a board member.
Owen directed the workshop, which was attended by more than 60 junior and senior senior female economists from institutions across the country. The purpose of the event was to provide advice, support, and professional networks to help the female economists succeed.
Topics covered included teaching strategies, work/life balance, networking, research strategies, navigating the tenure process, and tips from a journal editor. Owen said that nationwide, only about one-third of economists are female. The goal of the workshop was to help increase the representation of women in the economics profession.
Conover served as a senior mentor to a group of five development economists. In doing so, she provided advice to each of them and helped them make a plan to support each other in the future.