The 2021 Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics & Related Fields

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The Sadie Collective is excited to announce that we are expanding our conference weekend to a conference season. We will be hosting a series of events over Black History Month to celebrate the centennial year of Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander earning her PhD in economics. 

An Ode to Legacy: Honoring America’s First Black Economist

In 2021, the Third Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and Related Fields will take place virtually from February 19 and February 20. This year will celebrate and uplift Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander’s one-hundredth anniversary of becoming the first African American to earn a doctoral degree in Economics. Although not much has changed in the economics profession since she’s received her degree, her legacy of unyielding and unapologetic brilliance; a commitment to ambition and evolution; perseverance in the face of the ugliest of adversity; self-advocacy, and grace persist.

Invited to speak during our centennial celebration are leading Black women across economics, business, technology, healthcare, and policy such as the first Black and woman dean of The Wharton School, Dean Erika James, New York Times Best Selling Author and macroeconomist, Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Dr. Uche Blackstock of Advancing Health Equity, and Dr. Rediet Abebe, co-founder of Black in AI. 

Honoring Dr. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

The Sadie Collective is pleased and deeply honored to have Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander's daughter, Dr. Rae Pace Alexander-Minter as our special guest and speaker for the 100th anniversary celebration of her mother's legacy. 

In conversation with Dr. Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director of the MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Alexander-Minter will be speaking about her mother's life and impact on economics and related fields, such as policy.

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covid-19 and black women 


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Dean Erika H. James

Dr. Dambisa Moyo

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Cecilia Conrad

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The Sadie Collective is excited to host allies, sponsors, and career recruiters throughout the conference season. Click below to learn about our second annual research reception for non-Black women attendees.

Research & Networking Reception hosted by Brookings Institution

Our first event during our conference season will focus on the wonderful work of five Research Scholars who will be selected to share their knowledge in varying topics across economics, policy, data science, and technology. The event will feature a panel of diversity, equity, and inclusion experts moderated by Brookings' Hamilton Project Policy Director, Dr. Kristen Broady, who will share advice on how to make economics and related fields more inclusive.  

2021 Awards for Excellence In Economics and Related Fields 

The 2021 Conference will include our second annual awards night to celebrate and commemorate all that Black women in economics and related fields have accomplished, learned and experienced at the conference. We will also honor Black women who are rising stars and servant leaders in economics, public policy and related fields. Nominations are open for undergraduate students, young professionals, graduate students, and seasoned professionals. Awardees will receive $1000 if selected. Nominations are closed.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Institutional Partners