Don’t Miss ‘Empowering Women in STEM’!

April 24th, 6:00 p.m. at Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese, 120, 50139 Firenze

Abstract: The dialogue “Empowering Women in STEM” is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and locally engaged initiative, designed to promote diversity and female presence in the STEM fields in Italy and Europe. The movement to increase female presence in the STEM fields has grown over the past several decades. However, the issue still remains and is underestimated. The stereotypes in today’s society make it hard for minorities to prove their qualification for jobs, having to agree to lower pay and even face sexual harassment at the workplace. Breaking stereotypes and holding truthful conversations is crucial in the process of raising awareness in society. The goal of “Empowering women in STEM” Dialogue in Florence is to step away from stereotypical images of the scientist, initiate a diverse and inclusive discussion, and share ways of getting involved in the movement. Respect and inclusion are the keys to fighting the problem of female underrepresentation in STEM.



18:05 – 18:10 – Alice and Yana open the event

18:10 – 18:30 – Caroline Dahl – An overview on the issue

18:30 – 19:15 – Curated panel discussion

19:15 – 19:45 – Q&A panel discussion

19:45 – 20:00 – Concluding remarks



Caroline Dahl – ​Clinical Innovation Fellow, PhD, CTO, Ortrud


Caroline Dahl is CTO and co-founder at Ortrud Medical, a Swedish company that makes an intelligent tourniquet for intravenous access. In her work she applies engineering principles to biology. Her background is in synthetic biology as part of the University of Edinburgh iGEM team at MIT, systems biology and biophysics at the University of Oxford, and executable biology as software engineer at Microsoft Research. Today she is a Clinical Innovation Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and assists technological innovation based on her background in wet, soft and hardware. To promote and create environments that support work and knowledge exchange, she is on the board of Stockholm Makerspace, co-organises the Sthlm Hardware meetup, and founded the Geek Girl Startup group for Swedish women tech entrepreneurs. She mentors Uppsala and Stockholm medtech teams, and teaches electrical power generation to ten-year-olds. In addition, she is an active member of Tekla, MakerTjej and MakerSheroes networks – great initiatives that show female tech presence and leadership by teaching.

Patrizia Guaitani– Executive Infrastructure Architect and Manager of Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, IBM Systems and Technology Group IBM Italy Women In Technology


​Guaitani ​leads a team of technical experts in traditional storage and next generation data center environments with her work on IBM’s software defined environment strategy. She is the leader of skill development for IBM’s Systems Team in support of new strategic initiatives, such as the use of Cognitive Computing, Hybrid Cloud, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. During the last eighteen years at IBM, Patrizia has held other technical roles in leading the design and implementation of IBM’s innovative technical solutions for banking and insurance. Prior to working for IBM, Guaitani spent fourteen years with ST Microelectronics. This year, Patrizia was nominated by IBM General Motors as a Women In Technology Leader.

Svetlana Videnova Product Definition Analyst, Amadeus

Bulgaria / France / UK
​Born in Bulgaria and raised in France since the age of 13, Svetlana Videnova speaks both languages, and English, fluently. She completed a degree in Computer Science in Toulouse at European Institute of Technology, followed by a year at California State University of San Marcos to study Intercultural Communication in order to expand her academic knowledge beyond programming languages. Whilst studying, Svetlana undertook numerous work internships to gain practical experience as both a developer and a Project Manager. At the end of her studies, Svetlana accepted a role as Technical Account Manager at the French Fintech start-up Mangopay, a role which brought her to London to help with the expansion of the company. With her international background and passion for discovering diverse cultures and mindsets, she moved into the technically complex travel industry as Product Definition Analyst at Amadeus, a major European IT Provider for the global travel and tourism industry.

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