Inspiring females in the Raw Material sector #4
15 March 2021 – On this fourth talk of the serie inspiring females in the raw material sector, Susan Bernal, Professor of Structural Materials and EPSRC Early Career Fellow at the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds, shared her journey on the field of alternative cement, and waste valorisation. Our main takeaway from her talk are: i) How important is a mentoring process; ii) Pave the way for future generations: we need to learn to be more open about certain topics such as maternity and talk about them, so we can support others that are coming behind us; iii) It is not a matter of how much you do, it is a matter of how well you do it. You can see the recordings HERE !
Inspiring females in the Raw Material sector #3
15 February 2021 – On this third talk of the serie inspiring females in the raw material sector, Merissa de Boer (CEO and co-founder of SusPhos) shared her entrepreneurship journey on how she built up a pioneer compay focusing on upcycling of phosphate rich waste streams to generate hight-quality alternatives to replace current fossil-sourced pproducts. Our main take-away was to believe in yourself (I have never done it, so I think I can) and do what you are passionate about! You can see the recordings HERE !
Inspiring females in the Raw Material sector #2
12 January 2021 – On this second talk of the series inspiring females in the raw material sector, Sol Villar Abeytua (Senior Vice-President Organisation and HR at Atlantic Copper) shared her journey, and inspired us with her two-edges perspective (Chemical engineer by background and over 15 years working in HR). Our main take-away was talent, observation, and aligning with the company values. You can see the recordings HERE !
Bridge – The McKinsey Mentorship Program for Women@EIT
A joint initiative by Women@EIT and McKinsey Digital to recognize and support women with a background in technology. Along a six-month journey, starting in January 2021, McKinsey consultants will mentor a group of women afiliated to the EIT and share advice regarding their academic or professional advancement. The women that join the program will have the chance to learn more about McKinsey Digital and their work at the crossroads of business and technology. Moreover, they will hear from McKinsey consultants about how they foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and how they help their people thrive.
Inspiring females in the Raw Material sector #1
10 December 2020 – Inspiring Women in the Raw Materials sector talk series, jointly organised by EIT Women and EIT RawMaterils Alumni, kicked off on December 2020. It was a pleasure to start it with Prof. Mirja Illikainen at the University of Oulu (Finland), a brilliant team leader and scientist in a male domain. She led us to her career by sharing how she, with her inclusive team, has worked on different industrial side-streams and explored their potential as ecological cement. As a perfect role model herself, she is a strong supporter of women in technology-oriented careers that spark their interest.
Panel discussion on Gender Databias in Applied AI
The Alumni CONNECT event is the annual meetup of the wider community. Over 150 Alumni from the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities came together on 28 and 29 November to connect, build partnerships, co-create projects and work together to build and develop the EIT Alumni Community. This year the theme of the event was Responsible Consumption and Production.
Women@EIT, led by Aina Orell and Camilla Wikström, organized a panel discussion on the event on the topic of “Gender databias in Applied AI”. The spectacular panel consisted of Galina Esther Shubina (Co-founder of Gradient descent and Co-founder of Women in Data Science Sweden), Vinutha Magal Shreenath (Research lead at Women in AI Sweden), Ansgar Keone (Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader EY) and Karolina Drobotowicz (Researcher at Aalto University). The panel of experts discussed how we can use the opportunity of AI and data to become more gender equal by contributing to the implementation of the SDG 5 and, at the same time, reach sustainability goals on consumption and production. The session also covered what organisations can do and what the consequences are if we don’t take the aspect of databias into consideration entering the new area of AI.
Female Leadership Series #2: Leading with effective communication
15 November 2020 – Communication is a core leadership function and a key characteristic of a good leader. For this reason, the second event of the EIT Women Leadership Series brought to you a very special and hands-on workshop on how to use the power of communication to become an effective and authentic leader. We invited an experienced communicator, Ana Santos-Carvalho, to lead the workshop. She was very excited to share with us her experience and she definitely created a safe space for us to practice all the tips she shared with us during the workshop.
Leadership Intensive Event 2020
7-8 November 2020 – The Leadership Intensive Event was a success! The event was done with the aim to scale up the Women@EIT community and encourage the new Local Leaders to initiate activities at their Local Hub and to work together to close the gender leadership gap, the gender pay gap, and the gender investment gap. The event brought together women students and alumni of the EIT labeled programs, who had the ambition to act as Local Leaders, during two days full of workshops and knowledge sharing.
Female Leadership Series #1: Becoming a leader
13 October 2020 – We invited EIT female alumni from a wide range of sectors for a warm evening full of interesting conversations and exchanges on what it means to be a leader, how do they approach their development journey, and what their personal struggles and success stories are. During the first webinar of our Leadership Series we covered:
- How female leaders guide the transformation of the sectors they work in
- How they approach conflict, decision making and negotiation
- We listened to their own personal experiences
Co-organized EIT Alumni Start Up Days
Publicly promoting Women@EIT
Leading in foreign cultures workshop
Basic programming workshop
Women’s entrepreneurial journey
XX Factor: Pitching competition
Company visit at Amazon Berlin
Leadership Intensive event in London
Female Founders talk
Women@EIT is a community that brings together female students and female alumni of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). Women@EIT aims to inspire the next generation of female leaders, promote women leadership across all EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities and empower women to become the next generation of role models in innovation, business, entrepreneurship, and technology.
About the EIT
The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth. Read more