The Second Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics & Related Fields
Vision 20/20: Restore, Revive, Reclaim
In 2020, The Second Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and Related Fields will take place in Washington D.C. from February 20 through February 22. This year, we are excited and grateful for the opportunity to be working with the Urban Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as well as the Brookings Institution, and the American Economic Association to expand our annual conference and continue our mission.
Invited to speak are practicing economists and policy practitioners across academia, government, industry, and non-governmental agencies, such as the former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, Janet Yellen, Dean Bridget Terry Long of Harvard Graduate School of Education, the founder of the Black Economic Alliance, Akunna Cook, and Ebele Ifedigbo, founder of The Hood Incubator. Registration is now closed for the 2020 conference.
Dr. Bridget Terry Long is an African-American woman whose career precedes her. Originally from Columbus, Ohio by way of Baltimore, Maryland, her background is a testament to the power of education, access, and opportunity. After attending Naperville North High School, she earned a B.A. in Economics and certificate in Afro-American Studies from Princeton University. Shortly after, she pursued a Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University, focusing on the economics of education. Her research, which continues to be cited across policy and academia, seeks to understand the transition from high school to higher education and beyond. Long has won a myriad of research awards from notable organizations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and was appointed by President Obama to the National Board for Education Sciences as an adviser. Today, Dr. Long is the 12th Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the first African-American woman to take on the role in the school's history.
A Conversation with Dr. Janet Yellen
Dr. Janet Yellen holds a lifetime of distinguished accomplishments and accolades. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Brown University and later her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. The former from which she was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1998 and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bard College in 2000. The latter from which she also received the Wilbur Cross Medal for distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service in 1977 and an Honorary Doctor of Social Science degree in 2015. She holds additional honorary degrees from NYU, the London School of Economics, the University of Baltimore, and the University of Warwick.
Prior to her notable service as the 15th Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, being the first woman to hold the position, from 2014 to 2018, Dr. Yellen, served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 2010 to 2014, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010, and Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors from 1997 to 1999. At the University of California Berkeley, previously served as the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and Professor Economics from 1996 to 2006. Before her professorship at Berkeley, she served as a lecturer at the London School of Economics from 1978 to 1988, an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 1977 to 1978, and as an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University from 1971 to 1976.
Currently, Dr. Yellen is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, President-Elect of the American Economic Association, and Professor Emerita at the University of California Berkeley.
Opening Speaker Sarah Rosen Wartell
Sarah Rosen Wartell is a public policy executive, housing markets expert, and lawyer who currently serves as the third president of the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan social and economic policy research institute in Washington D.C. After graduating from Princeton with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Affairs, she earned a law degree from Yale.
Over the course of her life, she has served in numerous roles including Chief Operating Officer and then executive vice president of the Center for American Progress, deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council, adviser at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1998, and consultant to the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission.
Awards Night hosted by JOUELZY
With over 10 million views, Jouelzy is one of the top watched African American female vloggers on Youtube. She is best known for advocating for the #SmartBrownGirl. She produces weekly videos for her 167,000+ Youtube subscribers with witty commentary on current events and cultural topics that impact women of color throughout the African diaspora. With a dash of wit, snark and humor, Jouelzy educates her audience on historical and political context of trending pop culture topics in her popular #PopSnark series.
Panelists & Speakers
Dr. Jevay Grooms
Assistant Professor of Economics, Howard University
Dr. Sandile Hlatshwayo
Economist, International Monetary Fund
Economic Policy Director, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Dr. Lisa Cook
Professor, Co-Director of AEA Summer Program, Michigan State University
Dr. Andria Smythe
Assistant Professor of Economics, Howard University
Dr. Valerie Wilson
Director of Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy, Economic Policy Institute
This year, our institutional sponsors are the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. Gold sponsors are the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the American Economic Association. Finally, the Economic Policy Institute and the Washington Center of Equitable Growth are silver and bronze sponsors, respectively. We are eternally grateful to the economics community for crowdfunding for 20 Wakefield High School students to attend the conference.
Photography & Videography
Kelechi Mpamaugo is a Fine Arts major at Cornell University who specializes in video production, photography, and graphic design. Her passion for design and diversity is manifested through her work and dedication to clients. She has been recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar and has worked to build brands for several small businesses via her own freelance work.
Independent from projects, Kelechi spends a fair amount of time researching contemporary art and modern advertising practices. She works to promote a standard of diversity in advertising and media via permanent and temporary positions within advertising companies.