Women who study economics traveled from all over the country to the St. Louis Fed for the 2019 Women in Economics symposium. The event included a review of the research and data on women in economics, panels featuring women from various career fields who majored in economics, time to network and discuss career options, and unique perspectives from leaders in the field.
Loretta Mester, president and chief executive officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, gave the keynote presentation, after an introduction by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard. Mester then participated in the Women in Economics panel discussion with Amanda Bayer, professor of economics at Swarthmore College, and Kate Warne, principal and investment strategist at Edward Jones. Gail Heyne Hafer, professor of economics at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, was the moderator.
In addition to the remarks highlighted above, videos from the event feature other key moments, including a welcome by Katrina Stierholz, vice president and director of library and research information services at the St. Louis Fed, a panel on careers at the Federal Reserve, Amanda Bayer’s review of the research on diversity in economics, and closing remarks by Barbara Flowers, economic education coordinator at the St. Louis Fed.
Katrina Stierholz, vice president and director of library and research information services, in the symposium’s opening remarks, highlighted the value of building a network of colleagues and encouraged women to pursue economics.