November 2023 PWA Conference – “Inclusion Beyond Borders”

 Aleph Rome Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton
Via di San Basilio 15, 00187, Rome
Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 at 6.30 PM

“Inclusion Beyond Borders”
(4 Weeks 4 Inclusion conference)

In an increasingly interconnected world, the concept of inclusion transcends borders, nationalities, and backgrounds. It is essential to acknowledge and address the unique challenges faced by women from diverse backgrounds and situations, fostering their integration into all facets of society.

The Professional Women’s Association (PWA Rome) is proud to present the conference, “Inclusion Beyond Borders,” as a part of the 4Weeks4Inclusion campaign. In collaboration with our esteemed partners the American University of Rome and Telecom Italia 4Weeks4Inclusion project with the participation of speakers from the American University of Rome,  USA Embassy of Italy, Casa Internazionale Delle Donne, and Bain & Company. This conference aims to bring together experts from various fields to explore and discuss the critical issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.

Conference Objectives:
• To understand the challenges women from diverse backgrounds, situations, and nationalities face in achieving integration.
• To explore initiatives and tools available today that promote equity and inclusion.
• To foster cross-sectoral collaboration in the pursuit of a more inclusive society.

“Inclusion Beyond Borders” promises to be an enlightening and enriching event, bringing together experts and thought leaders from diverse fields to share their insights and experiences. By addressing the challenges and solutions related to the integration of women from different backgrounds and nationalities, we hope to inspire action and drive positive change towards a more inclusive society. We look forward to your participation and engagement in this important conversation.

Conference Agenda
Opening Speech: Gerlie Saura, President PWA
Opening Remarks: Lindsey Rothenberg, Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee of the
U.S. Embassy’s Tri-Mission Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council.

Panel of experts presentations and discussions with:
Scott Sprenger, President, American University of Rome (AUR)
Maura Cossutta
, President, Casa Internazionale Delle Donne (CIDD)
Lucia Tagliabue, Associate Partner, in Bain & Company and Women At Bain Italy Champion (WAB)
Lindsey Rothenberg, Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee of the U.S. Embassy’s Tri-Mission Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council.

Moderator: Barbara Pepponi, PWA Board Member and Non-Life Director at Groupama Assicurazioni

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


 Lucia Tagliabue
Associate Partner in Bain & Company e Women At Bain Italy Champion (WAB)

Lucia Tagliabue is a member of our Healthcare & Life Sciences and Consumer Products practices.

She has worked with many of the top-50 consumer goods companies, across food and beverage, personal care and consumer healthcare. Lucia has now transitioned onto Biotech and Healthcare clients, where she concentrates most of her efforts. Her work primarily surrounds corporate and business unit strategy. Lucia’s case portfolio includes various diligences for both corporate and private equity funds.

Beyond her client work, she is a leader for our Milan Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and she has been the Italy Womxn at Bain champion since 2022.

Prior to working at Bain, she worked in investment banking and was the founder and CEO of a tech startup. Lucia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Distinction.

In her personal time, Lucia is a passionate golfer and skier and a caring mother of three: a daughter and a pair of twins.

Maura Cossutta
President Casa Internazionale Delle Donne (CIDD)

Doctor, Maura worked at the San Camillo hospital in Rome in the apheresis department of the marrow transplant center.

She was a member of parliament from 1996 to 2006, following all the
measures relating to health and assistance. Among numerous activities, she was the speaker of the text alternative to law 40/2004 on assisted procreation, president of the Parliamentary Commission on closure of psychiatric hospitals, as well as promoter of the group of 100 parliamentarians against the war Kosovo.

From 2006 to 2008 she was a consultant to the Minister of Health Livia Turco for the entire area maternal and child, following the reports to Parliament on law 194/1978, as well as the drafting of the Guidelines Guide on law 40/2004.

She then returned to her work as a doctor, promoting the “Culturally Hospital
Competent” – in application of the Amsterdam Declaration for the health of the migrant population – e the “24 hour women’s help desk” at the emergency room, with the collaboration of the Be free cooperative, for the taking care of women victims of violence. Retired since March 2018, she is committed to the House Women’s International, of which she became President in December 2019.

Dr. Scott Sprenger, PhD
President The American University of Rome (AUR)

Dr. Scott Sprenger began his tenure as President of The American University of Rome on 1 July 2020. He came to the post after serving as Provost of The American University of Paris (AUP), Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University in Utah, associate dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University (BYU) as well as professor of French Literature and European Studies.

President Sprenger’s administrative work as both provost and dean has covered a broad range of traditional areas, such as strategic planning, institutional budgeting, curriculum development and oversight, international programming, academic and career advising, and the creation and oversight of research centers and fundraising operations. At AUP, he secured Andrew W. Mellon institutional grants to improve first-year programs and to open a Civic Media Lab and a Center for Critical Democracy Studies. With private funding, he oversaw the founding of a Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention and a Center for Design.

While at BYU, President Sprenger was the architect of Humanities+, an innovative and comprehensive approach to bridging liberal arts and humanities study to careers in the global labor market. Humanities+ has been acclaimed in the national press and by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of the most innovative initiatives in the liberal arts and careers in the United States. He has also advocated for the humanities and liberal arts with the U.S. Congress via the Humanities Alliance Conference, on radio, podcasts, and YouTube, and in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Sprenger’s graduate degrees in French Studies are from Johns Hopkins University and Emory University. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris and Brussels for work on language policy in the EU. He was also awarded an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral position at the Humanities Center at UCLA from 1999 to 2001.

Lindsey Rothenberg
Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee of the U.S. Embassy’s Tri-Mission Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council.

Lindsey Rothenberg, a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, has served as Country Fraud Prevention Coordinator for the U.S. Mission to Italy since July 2021.   In this role, she supports consular personnel across seven locations in Mission Italy in detecting and preventing passport and visa fraud.  Prior to joining the Embassy Rome Consular Section, she completed a yearlong Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellowship in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she worked with Italian counterparts on challenges related to counterterrorism, trafficking in persons, and organized crime.

Lindsey serves as Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee of the U.S. Embassy’s Tri-Mission Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council.  In this role, she is leading a restructuring of the council to better achieve Department of State DEIA objectives.  Lindsey represented Tri-Mission Italy with her colleagues at the second annual DEIA Workshop for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in March 2023.

Lindsey served as Visa Chief and Deputy Consular Chief in Jerusalem from 2016 to 2019, during the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  As Visa Chief in Chennai, India from 2014 to 2016, Lindsey led visa processing at the Department’s highest-volume non-immigrant work visa post.  Her other tours include Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bogota, Colombia, and the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues, where she assisted families impacted by international parental child abduction.

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Conference Venue: Aleph Rome Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton
Address: Via di San Basilio 15, 00187, Rome

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Check-in: 6.30 pm
The conference starts at 7.00 pm sharp

After the conference, everyone is welcome to join the networking aperitif.


    Conference + Aperitif Networking

PWA members: Free
Guests fee: 30 Euro

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