Women in Economics Virtual Retreat 2021

The Women in Economics Network, part of the Economic Society of Australia, is hosting the 2021 Women in Economics Retreat as a series of virtual webinars from 15-19 November 2021.

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 2021 Virtual Retreat will be held over 5 sessions, from 3:00-5pm AEDT daily in the week of 15-19 November 2021. 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 session. Opportunities will also be provided for networking over the course of the Virtual Retreat. 

The external presenters and Retreat facilitators are listed on our website and the mentors are shown below. 

Details on how to apply are below.


Monday, 15 November 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm AEDT:  Welcome and introductions, and a panel Q and A session with the Retreat mentors.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm AEDT:  Small group mentoring session: Career and leadership.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm AEDT:  External speaker:  Nicky Baker on Adaptive Leadership – How a ‘Balcony’, a ’Lens’ and a ‘Cooking Pot’ help us mobilise change in ourselves and the systems around us

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm AEDT:  Small group mentoring session:  Participants’ career objective or challenges.

Friday, 19 November 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm AEDT:  External Speaker: Gagan Mudhar, Inkling on Shifting from a macro to micro focus – how a focus on cultivating individual positive wellbeing prepares you for change

External Speakers

Nicky Baker, Senior Program Manager – Leadership, Health Education & Training Institute

Gagan Mudhar, Registered Psychologist, Senior Manager, Inkling


Catie Bradbear, Inquiry Manager, Productivity Commission

Natalie Baker, Senior Research Economist, Productivity Commission

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 Women in Economics Virtual Retreat are now closed.

With thanks to our sponsors



Louisa Coglan

Professor Louisa Coglan is an applied economist in the School of Economics and Finance, QUT and Program Lead for Behaviours and Decisions in Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) a national and international leader in applied behavioural insights and behavioural economics research.  Louisa is also President of the Queensland branch of the Women in Economics Network.


Katrina Di Marco

Katrina Di Marco commenced as a First Assistant Secretary in February 2020 in Tax Analysis Division in The Treasury which leverages modelling skills and understanding of data to forecast tax revenue and assess the fiscal and distributional effects of policy proposals.


Kate Glazebrook

Kate Glazebrook is Advisor (Impact) at Blackbird, where she focuses on growing and championing the portfolio’s positive impact on the world.  She’s also Chair, Co-founder, and former CEO of Applied, an award-winning tech platform that has redesigned the hiring process to remove bias and help teams find the best candidate for the role, regardless of their background.  


Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis is a Senior Manager in the Financial Stability Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Since joining the Bank in 2018, Michelle has also held management positions in Domestic Markets and the International Department. Prior to this, Michelle was an Economic Adviser at Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and has had various roles in Economic and Financial Markets departments. She has a Masters in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington.


Patricia Pascuzzo

Patricia brings capabilities in economics, public policy, strategy and investments developed over a career spanning government treasury, banking, securities markets, asset management and not for profit sectors. She is now applying her expertise as a consultant to social impact investors.


Anu Rammohan

Anu Rammohan is Professor of Economics and the Director of International at the University of Western Australia. She is the UWA academic lead for the Australia India Institute and Senior Fellow for the Australia Indonesia Centre at UWA.


Nicky Baker (External Speaker)

Nicky is a Senior Program Manager in Leadership at the Health Education and Training Institute, NSW Health. Nicky has responsibility for the design and delivery of leadership programs such as the NSW Health Leadership Program and the Medical Leadership Program. 


Gagan Mudhar (External Speaker)

Gagan is a a registered Psychologist and Senior Manager at Inking - an organisation that creates empowered leaders and thriving cultures. Gagan’s work with Inkling sees her partner with leaders and organisations in the UK, Australia, and Asia, like CBA, Woolworths, and Atlassian, to drive socially conscious, purposeful, and empowered leadership.


Catie Bradbear, Productivity Commission (Facilitator)

Catie Bradbear is an inquiry manager at the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government’s independent economic research and advice agency.


Natalie Baker, Productivity Commission (Facilitator)

Natalie is a Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission, where she carries out research and inquiries that provide advice to the Australian Government on nationally significant economic, social and environmental issues. Natalie is also undertaking a research secondment with the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at ANU. Earlier, Natalie was a Senior Consultant in the Policy, Programs and Evaluation team at KPMG.