NABE Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

NABE Scholars Program                      

Launched in June 2020, the NABE Scholars program expands on current NABE Foundation scholarship programs by providing scholarships to NABE conferences to diverse early-career economists and students pursuing a career in applied economics. 

2022 NABE Scholar application process is now open; deadline to apply: June 1    More info and apply here 

Want to lend your support to the program?  Donate Here  or learn more about the Scholars Circle of Benefactors

Meet the 2021 NABE Scholars

NABE Press Release on 2021 Scholars (5/20/2021)
NABE Press Release on Scholars Program (6/25/2020)

Diversity/Inclusion Webinars and Conference Sessions: 

Federal Reserve System's Racism and the Economy series
CBE Careers in Economics webinar series

Past NABE webinars:


Financing Growth of Women & Minority-Owned Businesses
April 20, 2021
Nancy Cappola, Real Estate and Economic Development Consultant 
Adji Fatou Diagne, PhD, Economist, U.S. Census Bureau
Ayris T. Scales, CEO & Managing Director, Walker’s Legacy & Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Moderator: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, CBE, Senior Resident Fellow, Third Way; former NABE President 



Race, Mobility, and Fairness in the US Economy 
June 30, 2020
Speakers: Raphael Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
Neel Kashkari, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 
Marie Mora, Professor and Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Moderator: Nela Richardson, Principal and Investment Strategist, Edward Jones 



Healthcare Inequality in the U.S. 
June 22, 2020
Speaker: Gary Puckrein, President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum 
Moderator: Jen Kilgore Coriell, President, EconConcierge, Inc


Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace 
June 1, 2020
Speaker: Katherine Baldiga Coffman, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School 
Moderator: Sarah O'Brien, Head of Global Insights, LinkedIn

Past NABE conference sessions:

2021 NABE Tech Economics Conference (November 8, 2021)
Diversity in Tech and Econ    
Amanda Bayer, Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics, Department Chair, Swarthmore College
Moderator: Benjamin Leyden, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Business Economics, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

2021 NABE Annual Meeting (September 27, 2021)
Achieving Better D&I Outcomes: The Role of Data in Driving Change 
Theresa Parlato, Managing Director, HR Relationship Manager, Wellington Management
Tonya Robinson, Vice Chair and General Counsel – Legal, Regulatory and Compliance, KPMG
Moderator: LaVaughn Henry, CBE, Banking and Regulatory Policy Analyst, FDIC; Chair, The NABE Foundation


History of the Initiative

The NABE Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and Committee were formed in May 2019, with the charges to:

1. Explore the current state of diversity and inclusion within NABE and member workplaces.

2. Suggest best practices to the NABE Board for NABE operations (conference planning, nominating committee, etc.).

3. Suggest tactics to the NABE Board for broadening and diversifying the business economist candidate pipeline.

4. Suggest tactics to the NABE Board to measure NABE’s progress going forward.

Questions? Ideas?  Contact [email protected].


Committee Members

Rosemary Marcuss

David Altig
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Manuel Balmaseda, CBE

Julia Coronado
MacroPolicy Perspectives, LLC

Juhi Dhawan
Wellington Management

LaVaughn Henry, CBE

Constance Hunter, CBE

Michael Luca
Harvard Business School

Michelle Robinson
Bureau of Economic Analysis

Wilko Schulz-Mahlendorf

Luis Torres, CBE
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas