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Exploring Career Pathways in Economics and Related Fields

Exploring Career Pathways in Economics and Related Fields, Sept. 9-10, 2021

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Sadie Collective co-hosted the virtual program, Exploring Career Pathways in Economics and Related Fields, held on


Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm CT


and


Friday, September 10, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm CT.


This event provided Black college and high school students with an opportunity to learn more about career pathways in economics and related fields. The program included the following:

  • Interactive conversations with economists and research assistants
  • A skills-based workshop on programming and data analysis for research
  • A virtual career fair with top financial services firms

Attendees learned about these topics:

  • What’s involved in being an economist
  • What career pathways are available to economics research assistants
  • How data helps solve questions

This two-day program featured keynote speaker Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and concluded with a conversation between Chicago Fed’s executive vice president and director of research, Anna Paulson, and the Sadie Collective’s CEO and co-founder, Fanta Traore.


Explore the agenda below to watch recorded sessions from the event.

Thursday, 09/09/21
6:00 AM
Welcome From the Sadie Collective and the Chicago Fed

Speakers
Olusayo Adeleye, Public Relations Manager, The Sadie Collective
Charles Evans, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
6:10 AM
Panel 1: Career Pathways for Economists

Hear from our panel of economists about what they do, how they got to where they are, and why economics matters.


Moderator
Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Speakers
Noimot Bakare Ayoub, Ph.D. Candidate, Howard University
Kristen Broady, Fellow, The Brookings Institute
Sandile Hlatshwayo, Economist, International Monetary Fund
7:15 AM
Keynote Speaker: Cecilia Rouse

A personal perspective on succeeding in economics and conversation with Fanta Traore, CEO of The Sadie Collective.


Keynote Speaker
Cecilia Rouse , Chair, Council of Economic Advisers
Speaker
Fanta Traore, CEO, The Sadie Collective
8:05 AM
Panel 2: The Research Assistant Experience

Hear from our panel of research assistants about what they do, how they got to where they are, and how their role relates to their career goals.


Moderator
Kayla Jones, Senior Research Assistant, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Speakers
Jala Abner, Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Lauren Russell, Economics Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University
Malcolm Thomas, Graduate Student, University of Michigan
8:50 AM
How to Apply for a Research Assistantship Position

Moderator
Kristin Parran, DEI Community Engagement Project Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Speakers
John Bouton, Team Lead in Talent Acquisition, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Jonathan Lanning, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ramzee Nwokolo, Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Friday, 09/10/21
6:00 AM
Welcome to Day Two From the Sadie Collective and the Chicago Fed

Speakers
Diamondnia Mack, Research Assistant/Director of Conference Logistics, The Sadie Collective
Kristin Parran, DEI Community Engagement Project Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
6:10 AM
Skills-Based Workshop: General Tools of Research plus Specific Examples

An overview of general tools used in research with specific examples of how these tools are used.


Speaker
Ryan Perry, Rising Senior, University of Michigan
7:45 AM
Closing Remarks: A Conversation Between Fanta Traore and Anna Paulson

Speakers
Anna Paulson, Executive Vice President, Research Director and Executive Committee Member, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Fanta Traore, CEO, The Sadie Collective
Event Information
Date
09/09/21  - 09/10/21
Location

Virtual

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