The 2021 Annual Meeting of the National Tax Association will take place from Thursday, November 18 through Saturday, November 20 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI. The NTA/CSWEP Pre-Conference Mentoring Dinner matches junior and senior women/non-binary members of the NTA community with the goal of encouraging peer networking among scholars studying the theory and practice of public finance, including public taxation, spending, and borrowing. The dinner will take place the night before the NTA meeting (Wednesday, November 17) and will be held in-person.
Women and non-binary scholars, who are substantially under-represented in the economics and legal profession and face a variety of systemic barriers, may lack women/non-binary peers, role models, or mentors in their own departments and networks. Professional conferences, like the NTA, are a helpful place to make relationships outside of one’s own academic and professional settings, but initiating those connections can be difficult. The aim of this pre-conference dinner is to provide an opportunity for junior scholars to network with senior mentors in the NTA community at the outset of the NTA Annual Meetings with the goal of fostering those relationships throughout the course of the conference.
All women/non-binary advanced Ph.D./J.D. students (4th year or later for Ph.D. candidates, 2nd or 3rd year for law students) as well as early career scholars within five years of completing their graduate degree are eligible to apply. Applicants from under-represented minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must plan to attend the NTA conference in-person.
The mentoring dinner is inspired by the successful CeMENT workshop for women assistant professors in economics, which is hosted by the Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) and the American Economic Association (AEA) as well as several recent mentoring workshops for early-stage Ph.D. candidates.
Participants will be organized into small groups based on career stage, research interests, and career goals with each group matched with two mentors. Mentors will be women/non-binary faculty and non-academic researchers who completed their graduate education 6+ years prior. Participants are encouraged to engage in conversations on a variety of issues, including generating research ideas, collaboration and co-authorship, publishing, promotion processes, networking, and work-life balance. Mentors and mentees are also encouraged to connect throughout the conference by attending each other’s presentations, arranging informal coffees, or socializing at conference happy hours. Additionally, job candidates on the market may indicate if they would like to have a practice job market interview conducted by a senior researcher.
The dinner will be held in-person in Detroit, Michigan the night prior to the 114th NTA Annual Meetings (November 17, 2021). Applicants must plan to attend the conference in-person.
Apply by August 31, 2021!
The dinner will be able to accommodate approximately 50 mentees. If demand for the dinner exceeds this number, slots will determined based on research interest fit with other mentees and mentors. Applicants will be notified about their admission status by early October. Admitted applicants are not responsible for any costs associated with the dinner.
Stacy Dickert-Conlin, Jacob Goldin, Tatiana Homonoff, & Laura Kawano
Funding for this event was generously provided by the NTA, CSWEP, the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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