Annual Mentoring Retreat

 

WEN Retreat 2021 (Virtual)

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WEN Retreat 2020 (Virtual)

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

The ‘Virtual Retreat’ provided 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 were drawn from academia, government and the private sector.

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

The retreat focused on dealing with career challenges against the backdrop of the covid pandemic. Participants discussed and received advice on:

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

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

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

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WEN Retreat 2019

The Women in Economics Network, part of the Economic Society of Australia, hosted the 2019 Women in Economics Retreat at Cleveland Winery, Victoria on 17-18 October.

The Retreat provided an opportunity for around 20 junior and mid career women economists to develop their networks, receive mentoring and strengthen their leadership skills. Participants in the retreat were drawn from academia, government and the private sector, providing great opportunities for networking and broader economic discussions.

Sessions focused on leadership and career progression, career hacks and work/life balance. Participants also received communications training from Catherine McGrath Media. The Retreat provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss issues as a group as well as participate in small group mentoring sessions with senior women from the same sector. Participants were asked to come to the Retreat with a career objective or challenge that they can work through with their mentor.

The senior mentors that participated are listed below. The Retreat was facilitated by Danielle Wood, Chair of the Women in Economics Network(to end 2019) and Program Director at the Grattan Institute.

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WEN Retreat 2018

The Women in Economics Network, part of the Economic Society of Australia, hosted the 2018 Women in Economics Retreat at Peppers Resort in Bowral, NSW on 9-10 July 2018.


The retreat provided an opportunity for around 20 junior and mid career economists to develop their networks, receive mentoring and strengthen their leadership skills. Participants in the retreat were drawn from academia, government and the private sector, providing great opportunities for networking and broader economic discussions.

Sessions focused on leadership, communication skills, career management and work/life balance. The retreat provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss issues as a group as well as participate in small group mentoring sessions with senior women from the same sector. Participants were asked to come to the retreat with a career objective or challenge that they could work through with their mentor.

The senior mentors participating were Alison Booth, ANU; Jenny Gordon, formerly Productivity Commission; Lynne Cockerell, Reserve Bank of Australia; Lynne Pezzullo, Deloitte Access Economics and Meghan Quinn, Treasury and Wendy Fergie of Alexandra Grant Financial. The Retreat was facilitated by Danielle Wood, Grattan Institute.

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WEN Retreat 2017

Peppers Resort, Bowral, NSW 17-18 July

The Women in Economics Network, part of the Economic Society of Australia, hosted the 2017 Women in Economics Retreat at Peppers Resort in Bowral, NSW. The retreat provided an opportunity for around 20 junior and mid career economists to develop their networks, receive mentoring and strengthen their leadership skills. Participants in the retreat were drawn from academia, government and the private sector, providing great opportunities for networking and broader economic discussions.

Sessions focused on developing the confidence to lead, career management and work/life balance. The retreat provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss issues as a group as well as participate in small group mentoring sessions with senior women from the same sector. Participants were asked to come to the retreat with a career objective or challenge that they could work through with their mentor.

The senior mentors participating were Lisa Cameron, Monash; Alexandra Heath, RBA; Jenny Wilkinson, Treasury; Denise Doiron, UNSW; Nicki Hutley, Urbis and Felicity Emmett, ANZ. The Retreat facilitator is Danielle Wood, Grattan Institute. A workshop on leadership and self-confidence was facilitated by Jennifer Witheriff of GJR Consulting.  More information on the Leadership Team is below.

 

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