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Friday, April 6, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

All day 

5:30-6:30 PM

6:30-8:00 PM

8:30-9:00 AM

9:00-9:15 AM

9:15-10:00 AM

10:10-11:10 AM


11:15-12:15 AM

12:25-1:25 PM

1:00-2:45 PM

2:45-3:00 PM

3:00-3:45 PM

3:45-4:20 PM

4:20-4:40 PM

4:40-5:35 PM

5:45-7:00 PM

9:30-10:30 AM

10:30-11:00 AM

Registration and check-in at the Towneplace Suites

Check in and social hour, Illini Union Room 210

Dinner, Illini Union Room 210 





Breakfast on our own (Towneplace suites provides free breakfast)

Registration and check-in Lincoln Hall Lobby

Opening remarks, Lincoln Hall Room 1002

Keynote speaker -Lisa Barrow, Chicago Fed, Lincoln Hall Room 1002

Student and Faculty break-out session, Lincoln Hall - separate rooms assigned during registration

Alumni panel discussion (Careers panel), Lincoln Hall Room 1002

Lunch, Illini Union Room 104

Research Presentations, Illini Union Room 104

[Coffee] Break

UWE Case Study and current issue solving session, Lincoln Hall - assigned rooms

UWE Case Study presentations, Lincoln Hall Room 1002

[Coffee] Break 

Expanding the Initiative with UWE, Illini Union Room 104

Dinner and social hour, Illini Union Room 104


Wrap-up discussion section, Illini Union - Illini Room B


Closing ceremony- Illini Union, Illini Union - Illini Room B

Keynote speaker

Senior Economist and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and affiliated researcher at the University Chicago Consortium on School Research

Panelist & Facilitator

Account Exec and Intrapreneur, Dom & Tom


Associate Business Consultant, Sapient Global markets


Senior Manager, Cornerstone Research


Project Manager, Innovation, Northwestern Medicine 


Client Data Analyst, bswift


Associate Consultant, Beghou Consulting 


Sales Executive, National Accounts, Dun & Bradstreet


Manager, Client Consulting at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin


Analyst, AIG

Undergraduate Women in Economics 
The Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge  (UWE) was launched in January 2015 by Claudia Goldin and Tatyana Avilova at Harvard University.  It is an initiative to encourage more undergraduate women to major in economics. The Challenge is designed as an RCT that will provide funding and guidance to 20 randomly selected schools to implement interventions that will fulfill this goal.


Nationwide there are about three males for every female student majoring in economics and this ratio has not changed for more than 20 years. (See the “Background Facts” section for more detailed information.) We believe that the relative lack of women in economics needs to be addressed.


The primary purpose of the Challenge is to raise awareness of the underrepresentation of undergraduate women in economics. Beyond that, it is an experiment to test the effectiveness of a deliberate intervention strategy by an economics department to recruit and retain female majors. Although there is not just one explanation for why gender differences persist, our Board of Experts from across the country met in November 2014 and identified several common causes of the problem across institutions. We now invite economics departments around the country to join in this initiative. 

The Challenge is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through the National Bureau of Economic Research and is endorsed by the American Economic Association. The project is administered by Tatyana Avilova (current PhD Student at Columbia University).

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation is a not -for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor. 

University of Illinois Women in Economics

Illini Women in Economics (iWiE) is group started in Spring 2015 to encourage more female participation in economics, providing relevant support, resources, and opportunities. We welcome students at all levels (undergraduate, Master's, PhD, Faculty, and Alumna) and from any discipline, who share a passion for economics and promoting our mission on campus.

Annual Conference of

2018 conference host

April 6-8, 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Speakers & Panelists
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