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Women in Economics Virtual Retreat 2020

The Women in Economics Network, part of the Economic Society of Australia, is hosting the 2020 Women in Economics Retreat as a series of virtual webinars from 16-20 November 2020.

The ‘Virtual Retreat’ provides an opportunity for around 30-40 junior and mid career women economists to develop their networks, receive mentoring and strengthen their leadership and career decision making. Participants will be drawn from academia, government and the private sector.

The 2020 virtual Retreat will be held over 5 sessions, from 3:30-5pm AEDT daily in the week of 16-20 November 2020. Zoom will be used for the sessions.

This year’s retreat will focus on dealing with career challenges against the backdrop of the covid pandemic. Participants can expect to discuss and receive advice on:

  • Building and maintaining career momentum
  • Developing networks
  • Making career decisions under uncertainty
  • Resilience and confidence.

The virtual Retreat will involve group discussions, small group mentoring sessions with senior women economists and external speakers. The program is outlined below.

Participants are asked to come to the virtual Retreat with a career objective or challenge that they can work through during the mentoring sessions. Opportunities will also be provided for networking over the course of the virtual Retreat.

The senior mentors, external presenters and Retreat facilitators are listed on WEN's site.


Monday, 16 November 2020, 3:30-5:00 pmAEDT: Welcome and introductions, and a panel Q&A session with the Retreat mentors.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 3:30-5:00 pm AEDT: Small group mentoring session: Career and leadership.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 3:30-5:00 pm AEDT: Session presented by Sophie Hampel.

Thursday, 19 November 2020, 3:30-5:00 pm AEDT: Small group mentoring session: Participants’ career objective or challenges.

Friday, 20 November 2020, 3:30-5:00 pm AEDT: Session presented by JJ Ferrari, and Retreat Close.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 virtual Women in Economics Retreat are now open.

Applicants should be junior and mid career women (2-15 years’ experience) looking to advance their career in the economics profession.

Please only apply if you are able to commit to attending the full 5-day program of the Retreat. Applicants should be members of the Women in Economics Network. Please see the membership section of the WEN site for information on how to join.

Application closes 19 October 2020.


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