Statistics measuring the overall presence of female digital leaders and tech entrepreneurs can be discouraging. Women are dramatically under-represented in the digital sector. Studies highlight the need for both men and women, working in the industry, to encourage and inspire women to launch and develop careers in the digital space. It is a demanding and dynamic field requiring humility, adaptability, vision, and constant engagement, where women can make a difference.
In this virtual discussion, we will discuss how can we help young women develop the hard, soft, and entrepreneurial skills necessary to become digital influencers.
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Stella Kasdagli, Co-founder of Women on Top, Greece
Nina Nikolic, leader at Womenpreneurs Balkans, North Macedonia
Zuzana Pison, Technology Stream Lead of Globsec Policy Institute, Slovakia
Stella Kasdagli is the co-founder of Women On Top, a non-profit organisation in Greece for the professional development of women and for gender equality in the public sphere. She is also a published author, a translator, a book club maverick and the facilitator of impactful workshops on professional development, gender issues and social change. She previously studied French Literature in Athens, Greece, and Media Studies in London, and has worked for 10+ years as a women’s magazine and online editor. She is the recipient of the Social Impact UK Alumni Award and She has published eight books for the empowerment of girls, women and teens. She lives in Athens with her husband and two daughters.
Nina's mission is to develop and strengthen the startup and innovation ecosystem in MKD and the Balkan region. She has been doing that from 2014 through the #MKstartups community and as an executive advisory board member and co-founder of the association @Startup Macedonia. Strategically fostering collaboration and synergies among startups, partner organizations, policy makers, local and regional/international ecosystem actors. As a Program Officer of the #SwissEP team she has an impactful job to do and builds a bridge for the local community with international experts. Recently she has been invited by the State Fund for Innovations (#FITD) to serve as Startup Ecosystem Lead. Her Womenpreneurs Stories initiative celebrates inspiring women in business and supports 1st time female founders from all 11 Balkan countries, through the 5 day Bootcamp.
Zuzana is leading the Technology & Society Program at GLOBSEC Policy Institute. Her research activities and projects revolve around digital and innovation policies, with a particular focus on the digital transformation of CEE. Prior to this role, she worked as program manager for global coworking platform HubHub and its spin-off FutureNow, one of the biggest startup conferences in Central Europe. Zuzana holds an MA in International Relations from Central European University in Budapest, and she previously studied politics and languages at the University of Reading and SciencesPo in Lyon. She’s also a Female Founders ambassador, which aims to create a pan-European ecosystem for female entrepreneurial minds.
Marianna Tanagia, Communication Manager of Digital Communication Network, Greece
This event is co-organized by Digital Communication Network SouthEast Europe Hub (DCN SEE) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. DCNSEE is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges.
DCN SOUTHEAST EUROPE HUB is a consortium of Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network, non-profits, public and private organizations and companies involved in the fields of digital communication, social impact campaigns, technology, and innovation. It is a unique, interdisciplinary coalition tapping into the best talent and resources across Europe.