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ATHENA Speaker Luncheon

March 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Women in the Economy: An Underleveraged Powerhouse



Ana Kent
Senior Researcher
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


During the presentation, you will learn the following:

  • Women are a key part of the workforce. Their importance cannot be overstated.
  • Child care supports parents, particularly mothers, remaining in the labor force, yet it is frequently unavailable and unaffordable.
  • Including women more fully in the economy benefits families, businesses, communities, and the broader economy.


More about Ana:

Ana Hernández Kent is a senior researcher for the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She conducts research, performs data analysis and advises on issues of economic equity. Her primary research interests include:

  • Examining economic disparities and opportunities through a demographic lens
  • Exploring wealth inequality and the role of systemic biases and historical factors in facilitating or blocking wealth accumulation
  • Highlighting the essential role that women play in the economy and child care’s economic importance for women, families and businesses

Kent received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with concentrations in social psychology and quantitative methods in behavioral sciences from Saint Louis University, where she also earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalUSA Today, Bloomberg, The AtlanticThe Financial TimesDaily MailThe New Yorker and CNN, among other outlets.


This is a brown bag lunch event.  However, ATHENA will be providing beverages and a light dessert.  The event will be held in the Partner’s Room at the EDC.


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March 20
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


EDC- 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, St Peters, MO 63304