Girls in ICT: opening up the future

Published on Friday, 27 April 2018

Technical and science faculties are the key to the professions of the future. Courses such as engineering, computer science, mathematics and statistics are moulding the managers of today and the future. But there are still not enough girls signing up for them. Encouraging girls to choose information technology faculties and focus on professional careers will open up the future and both reward them with better opportunities and broader society with better prospects. It’s a pivotal choice.  

To do its bit to bridge the gender gap, Enel is organising its own Girls in ICT Day in support of April 26’s International Girls in ICT Day, which is itself supported by all the member states of the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and aims to encourage young females to choose careers in the technical and scientific sectors.

The event is being organised for the third year running by Enel Digital Solutions in partnership with JA Italia and ELIS, and takes place both on May 3 at the Viale Regina Margherita Auditorium in Rome, and on May 11 at the Group subsidiary Endesa’s headquarters in Madrid.  

The Rome event, which is aimed at female students between the ages of 16 and 25, will be opened by Carlo Bozzoli, Head of Enel’s Global Digital Solutions, followed by addresses from Francesca Di Carlo, Head of Human Resources and Organisation, and Lea Tarchioni, Head of Human Resources and Organisation Italy.  

Giving a snapshot of Italy’s situation in a broader European context will be Monica Parrella, coordinator of the Office for Equality and Equal Opportunity Action at the Italian Prime Minister’s Office – Department of Equal Opportunities, and Tindara Addabbo, a lecturer at the Marco Biagi Department of Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

There will be also be time for first-hand success stories from the likes of Chiara Russo, CEO and co-founder of Codemotion, Valeria Cagnina, the youngest European digital champion, and Luisa Arienti, Managing Director of SAP Italia.

The programme will be completed with addresses by Enel executives Giulia Brandetti (Digital Strategy and Governance), Arianna Di Luzio (Trading Digital Hub), Angela Italiano (Thermal Generation Digital Hub) and Mariá Possobom Rodrigues da Rocha (Cyber Security).

Lastly, Chiara Burberi, president and CEO of the online education programme Redooc, and Enel’s Head of Innovability Ernesto Ciorra will set the students a fun digi-quiz to test their logic and mathematics skills.

The Madrid Girls in ICT day, on the other hand, will be opened by Manuel Marin Guzmàn, Endesa’s ICT General Manager, and Andrea Lo Faso, Endesa’s Head of Personnel and Organisation.