by Giulia Marzetti
On 9th-11th November I was honored to take part in the first cohort of the Women @ EIT leadership intensive course. I was one of the 10 women alumni selected from the several European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Knowledge Innovation Centers programmes to attend this initiative. The weekend brought together some amazing women with varied background, who have already contributed to build the EIT Alumni community. Almost all the KICs where represented, with attendees from Climate-KIC, InnoEnergy, Digital and Health.
The Leadership Intensive weekend aimed at strengthening community around the several EIT KICs, fostering initiatives to promote women in STEM fields and increasing visibility of EIT among potential female applicant of the EIT’s programmes. The weekend had the novelty aspect of being a cross-community event, giving us the chance to get out from the particularity of our KICs and exchange ideas aiming to at greater integration between the KICs.
During the 3-days event, we got introduced to leadership techniques to encompass the Women@EIT core values of Diversity, Professionalism, and Integration and we had the chance to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences among us. Speakers invited to present during the weekend were female role models as Gen Ashley, Founder of Women who Code, Reemma Puredath from She++ and Catalina Butunaru. During the weekend, we had the chance to submit event proposals for 2019 and discuss the future of Women@EIT. The Event ideas presented ranged from talks with female leaders, coding bootcamps, hackthons aiming at solving real issues, and summers schools.
A major takeaway from the event was that I am finally part of a community of driven women who are passionate and committed to make the EIT thrive and to share their love for science and STEM. I felt empowered, part of a community and I can tackle going out there and organize events and speared events.
Each one of us went back to their home cities willing to create a strong community of female role models and to promote science to the younger generation of girls.
I am looking forward to organize events in my cities, bringing female influencers on board and to organize the next Leadership Course and welcome attendees of all the KICs.
Do you have any ideas of a good event to promote women and EIT? Feel free to get in touch.