Women in SEF mentoring/early stage work sessions

Welcome to the Society for Experimental Finance Women mentoring/early stage work sessions!

This is an invitation for all members of the SEF to join a new initiative aiming to create a network of support and mentorship for women in our field. We propose to meet virtually for one hour on the first Tuesday of every month. Initially, meetings will be almost 100% scientific, with one woman scheduled to present an early-stage research project for 45 minutes, and 15 minutes of open discussion (of the presentation or other). Simultaneously, we will start a virtual clipboard for all to propose topics for discussion in the meeting. As they accumulate, a scheduled monthly meeting can be dedicated to the discussion of clipboard topics (via an interview to a special guest, a round table, town house, or another format).

The plan is to meet every first Tuesday of the month starting on November 8th, 2022, from 15:00 GMT to 16:00 GMT (from 18:00 – 19:00 Jerusalem time, 17:00-18:00 Paris time, 11:00-12:00 New York time, 8:00-9:00 Los Angeles time). We understand that the timing may not be ideal for all, but we tried to keep the series as inclusive as possible to the different time zones. While the meeting is women and experimental finance related, we welcome those that do not define themselves as women and yet would like to participate and we will extend the invitation to persons working on experimental finance that are not yet members of the society.

What should you do if you are interested in this initiative?

Please join our mailing list by filling out this form. Notice that only your name(s), surname(s), and email are necessary. Other questions are optional.

Notice that, to start, we are creating a list of invited speakers and it may take a while before we start adding names outside our “launching” list. Nonetheless, let us know (in the form), if you wish to present in this group in the near future.

A few words about the question “why should women form a special group?”

There are three main reasons. First, like any minority group, women working in academic finance can feel intimidated, forced to adopt a language and style that are not their own, and isolated in their departments when facing doubts on issues of little interest to the majority group. We follow research results and experience from other societies that suggest that additional activities, mentoring, and support can make a difference in mitigating that. Second, although this is changing, the problem of balancing career and family life (e.g., being a single parent), is still more prominently a female problem. We would like to provide an additional stage for female researchers that does not require traveling and an additional possibility to discuss such challenges. Third, and not least, it is the right time to do this in the SEF.