November 2022 PWA Conference – Diversity & Inclusion: a strategic priority for sustainable growth.

Are you curious to know what it means to look at diversity and inclusion from a legal perspective, why diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to you, and what it takes to foster an inclusive global education community?

Join us and our experts in an interesting debate on how Diversity and Inclusion can lead to increasing awareness through cultural education.

Due to the increasing globalization and interconnectedness of the world, especially within small, medium and large companies, the need for ‘acceptance’ has emerged to create more and more awareness among today’s youth and professionals of the concepts of ethnicity, gender, sexual and religious orientation, age, mental and physical abilities, and socio-economic conditions. These are essential and fundamental values for the market of the next 20 years, in whatever sector.

For the occasion of the 4Weeks4Inclusion event, the big marathon dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion organized by TIM, RBS and PWA presents the conference on “Diversity & Inclusion: a strategic priority for sustainable growth. How do companies impact towards more equal society?” Join the conversation.

Conference Agenda:
Welcome: Maria Luisa Garofalo, PhD – Conference Moderator PWA
Opening Speech: Gerlie Saura, President PWA, Antonio Ragusa, Rome Business School Dean
Panel Speaker Presentations:
Avv. Francesca Gesualdi,
Eng. Bruna Campagna,
Linda Laura Sabbadini,
Prof. Valerio Mancini 

Moderated Q&A Session
Closing remarks: Claudia Grillo

Please find the speaker’s information along with the registration link below.


Avv. Francesca Gesualdi
Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP

Francesca Gesualdi is Counsel at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, currently based in Milan after working in the Rome and New York offices of the same firm. She holds a master degree from Harvard Law School (2006), where she studied on a Fulbright Scholarship, and a law degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano (2002).

She is dual qualified to practice law in Italy and New York. She regularly represents domestic and foreign clients (including Sovereigns, corporations and banks) in a wide range of disputes, involving corporate, corporate, commercial, regulatory, banking and financial matters, across numerous industries, including fashion, infrastructure and energy. Her recent experience includes acting as counsel on records in the two most prominent litigation on the Italian market in the past two years, concerning the lease and operation of the Ilva Taranto plant and the long-standing legal battle between Vivendi and Mediaset, which was eventually settled in 2021. In both cases, Francesca was the only women counsel on records for the client in court.

She leads and organizes various women attorneys’ initiatives and events, with a focus on empowering women and promoting inclusion in the legal profession. She is included in the list “1000 curricula eccellenti” (“1000 excellent CVs”) by Fondazione Marisa Bellisario (an Italian association for the promotion of women professionals).
Linda Laura Sabbadini  
Central Director, ISTAT  – Chair, G20 W20

As ISTAT’s Central Director, she has been responsible for numerous ISTAT research projects in the fields of social and gender analysis and survey methodology. She also led the process of renewing social and gender official statistics, giving visibility to invisible people in statistics, such as women children, elderly people, homeless, measuring phenomena such as violence against women, discrimination for sexual orientation, poverty, corruption, mobbing at work.

She is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, and columnist at La Stampa and La Repubblica newspapers.

At the national level, she directed the process of building fair and sustainable well-being indicators. She also is composed of many UN, Eurostat, and OECD high-level groups. With her expertise, she participated in the National Equality Commission, and in 2020, she was appointed by the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the Committee of Economic and Social experts engaged in the post-pandemic recovery.

In 2015, she was included among the “100 Italian Excellence”. And in 2006, she has been nominated Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for the verge innovative role in official statistics.

At the international level, she was a member of the Steering Group on Social Statistics of the UN UNECE and was a member of strategic task forces of the directors of Eurostat Social Statistics. She participated numerous times in the UN Commission of the Status of Women as a member of the government delegation. Since 2007, she is a member of the UN Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics.

In 2017, she participated in the G7 of women and she edited the statistical part of G7 2017 in Taormina. Since 2020, she is the W20 Chair for the G20 Italian Presidency 2021.

Eng. Bruna Campagna
Strategic Marketing Manager for NATO, Leonardo S.p.A

Bruna works at Leonardo S.p.A., one of the world’s major players in the Aerospace, Defence, and Security industry, where she works as a Manager in the Chief Commercial Office, Marketing, and Strategic Campaigns for NATO and the European Community.

Her international business experience and work assignments include being the Italian Representative for NATO Mission Access Centre. TELESPAZIO S.p.A she was NATO Italian Representative in SHAPE working for NATO Communication and Information Agency – NCIA. Bruna is deeply involved in the Italian Military Organization in SHAPE and in the European Commission Organization.

She has a strong background in the contract negotiation process, software development process; requirements analysis, development, and verification makes her a strong asset and Independent Expert Member of the Member of Expert Evaluators Panel within the 6th Framework Program in Bruxelles, Belgium.

Bruna is an electrical communications engineer, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at La Sapienza University in Rome.  As an international engineer, she championed DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION in the workplace. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish to add to her native Italian language. 

Prof. Valerio Mancini 
Director of RBS Research Centre, Analyst, and Political Scientist expert in International Relations

Professor and Director of the Research Center of the Rome Business School; he has been a visiting lecturer in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Cyprus, Syria, France, Poland, and the United States. He is a professor at the Armando Curcio Institute (Rome) and the Italian Design Institute (Milan) for the Master in Crypto Art and NFT.

He has worked in Italy and abroad with various international (UNODC, UNICRI, MAOC-N, and OECD) and national organizations (MISAP, MASTERY, and Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission of UNESCO). He has published several articles, reports, and academic research, also about gender-gap in Italy and blockchain and anti-counterfeiting; current research about Diversity & Inclusion. He was a foreign journalist for the Colombian newspaper “El Espectador” and, since 2010, has been a correspondent for Italy for the radio program “UN Analísis”. Author of “Football & Geopolitics” (New World, 2021) and co-author of the Academical publication on Criminology (GDL – Grupo Distribuidor Latinoamericano SAS, 2018).

Maria Luisa Garofalo
ICF ACC Executive Coach, HR Leader in Recruitment, Training and Development at Médecins Sans Frontières

She has extensive professional experience gained in the field of Human Resources for the humanitarian and development sectors, focusing on Talent Attraction and Acquisition, People Management and Development, Training, Internal Communication, Facilitation, and Conflict Management.
Maria Luisa has been working as a Recruitment and Development Specialist for several years, with full responsibility for all projects within recruitment and staff development.
She is a qualified ICF ACC coach and a specialist in Leadership Development, with a particular interest in Women Leaders, which is also a niche of specialization for her coaching practice.

Register Here

Conference Venue: Rome Business School

Address: Via Giuseppe Montanelli, 5 Rome

November 16, 2022

Check-in: 5.45 pm
The conference starts at 6.oo pm sharp

The Conference will be followed by a networking aperitif at the RBS campus.
Free access for PWA Members and their registered guests. (Conference + Aperitif Networking).
*Please note that space is limited and admission is by reservation only.

You can’t make it in person? You can join online at by choosing PWA – Professional Women’s Association upon registration.