Special Events: APPAM Communities: Women in Quantitative Methods

Friday, November 8, 2019: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Ballroom A Pre-Function (Sheraton Denver Downtown)
Speakers:  Jill Bowdon, American Institutes for Research and Laura Peck, Abt Associates, Inc.

The Women in Quantitative Methods group is comprised of women of all career stages that develop, study, and implement advanced quantitative methods. The membership includes researchers at universities, research firms and government, as well as graduate students and post-docs. The group first met in 2014 and was formed to support the advancement of women in careers in quantitative methods through mentorship, networking events, and workshops. The group has met regularly at the annual conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) and has recently facilitated local meet-ups nationally. The group has also discussed other professional conferences where the group might connect and support women, and APPAM seems like an ideal venue.

The purpose of this event will be to host an informal conversation that is both cross-institutional and cross-generational about topics related to the success in the workplace of women who work with quantitative methods. The facilitator will convene a panel of women to participate and pose questions related to the theme. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions of the panelists and also share their own experiences. We will also form small groups (organized by region of the country) to reflect on the panel and connect participants (this will also serve the purpose of exploring the feasibility of local meet-ups).

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