Acea women inspire tomorrow's talents

The world of work is in constant evolution. Schools are ready to transform and adapt to make sure they prepare brilliant young talents for the future, making them more aware of what awaits them once they finish studying.

Since 2019, more than 100 professional women have entered high schools and universities as Role Models, to tell students about their personal experience as successful women in traditionally male professional sectors.

The School-Enterprise System project

This initiative is part of School-Enterprise System, the training and career guidance project promoted by the Elis Consortium in 2018. Between 2020 and 2022, in addition to in-person meetings, the program evolved with the introduction of digital meetings, including so-called Inspirational Meetings

After classroom meetings, a day at the company’s premises was arranged to let young students work on site together with their Role Model. "This was a useful opportunity to make them understand that professionalism does not only depend on the technical and scientific skills gained at school. A great deal is made of problem-solving skills, initiative, leadership and discipline." The benefits from this initiative, however, were not limited to students.

Talking about personal experiences is very important, especially because it is an opportunity to look back and consider the progress made and the targets achieved.

Being a Role Model has made me feel like I was just a little cog in a process of virtuous change based on sharing, cooperating and innovation.
By engaging with us in this initiative, the company enabled us to add value to our land and our young citizens.
We talked about our experiences, what we believe in, and how challenges can become opportunities when they are welcomed with curiosity, perseverance, commitment, listening and teamwork.
Just like a relay, we passed the virtual baton to the women and men of tomorrow.

Claudia Lena, Role Model Acea

Claudia Lena

Preparing myself to tell other people my story was very useful to me. In particular, it made me spend some time thinking over what I’ve done so far.

Through online events, the School-Enterprise System project worked in schools and collaborated with them, with no territorial or temporal constraints, to spot talents and point them in the right direction: this is why also teachers and head teachers took part in what have turned out to be proper training events, with online peer learning sessions.

Numbers of the School-Enterprise System project

Acea Role Model
students reached

Acea Role Model Profile

Role Models are people who motivate and encourage students to discover their talents and professional vocations. They have STEM training or work in technical and technology fields with digital competences. They are passionate, love their job and work with great commitment. Lastly, they feel fulfilled in their personal and professional lives, are communicative and ironic in their interpersonal relations. In total, Acea has 15 Role Models who work in different business areas of the Group: electricity, water, environment, engineering, and services.

Our Role Models

  • Ilaria Giordano
  • Claudia Lena
  • Claudia Molinari
  • Isabella Ravieli
  • Alessia Delle Site
  • Katia Gaudio
  • Tiziana Cubello
  • Carla Perotti
  • Melania Russo
  • Maria Minino
  • Carmen Rispoli
  • Giorgia Nevi
  • Daniela Merluzzo
  • Marinella Brizioli
  • Maggiotto Serena

The Role Models of previous editions

  • Tiziana Buonfiglio
  • Luana Esposito
  • Patrizia Vasta

We told teachers what direction the market is pointing in and what competences the company needs. Their job was to transfer this information into their teaching programs and methods with the aim of preparing students in advance for the world of work.

Jlenia Sassi, Head of Recruiting and training

Today, Acea employs many women in technical departments and innovation sectors, where they hold positions of responsibility within the Group. Actually, changing the future means starting from people as protagonists.


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