Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics, directed a national mentoring workshop for female economists last month in New Orleans. The workshop, sponsored by the American Economic Association, was designed for female economists working toward tenure at institutions that do not offer a Ph.D. in economics.
According to Owen, with the relatively small number of senior female economists nationwide, the workshop took a unique approach by encouraging a group mentoring approach. Specifically, groups of junior women are matched with one or two senior women with similar research and teaching interests. The program was designed to help group members develop mentoring relationships, as well as to provide helpful suggestions and advice from successful senior women.
Fifty participants from 48 colleges and universities across the country attended the workshop. Many of Hamilton’s peer institutions were represented including Amherst, Bowdoin, Swarthmore, Claremont McKenna, Smith, Middlebury and Pomona Colleges, and Colgate and Trinity Universities.