STEAM WOMEN in La SIA SpA.

Gender equity today in the scientific professional world

More and more companies today are turning their attention to issues of equity and inclusiveness, and one of the most important challenges in the world of work and education is precisely to try to unhinge the self-imposed limitations of many young women who believe they are not suited for scientific disciplines.
Between 2019 and 2021, there has been exponential growth in female hiring among the intellectual, scientific and high-skilled professions. This is the finding of the Fondazione Studi Consulenti del Lavoro, according to which the jump amounts to 23 percent. Growing the most in 2021 (+40.2 percent) are engineers and architects, followed by health care specialists (+33.6 percent), education and research specialists (+26.9 percent), technical professions in the health sciences (+21.2 percent), and specialists in mathematical, computer, and chemical sciences (+19.5 percent).

Steam disciplines and equal professional opportunities for women

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) disciplines are those that provide a level of knowledge most appropriate to the current job market and business needs. In a world increasingly shaped by science and technology, bridging the gender gap in STEAM means avoiding turning women into a fragile category at the edge of the world of work and society. It must also be said that compared to the parallel universe of social media in which appearance is enough to create a leader, in the cultural and scientific world today’s women are devoid of current model roles to follow, if it were not for that of the greatest female representative of architecture in the contemporary age, Zaha Hadid, who in 2010 was rightfully included by Time among the 100 most influential personalities in the world.
This is because among the conditions that enable companies to retain and/or attract STEAM profiles emerge the need to receive training and favorable working conditions to manage work-life balance, a concept that many of Italy’s companies have yet to pause and reflect on.

La sia’s commitment to equal opportunity

La SIA is committed to creating an inclusive work environment in which all employees have the opportunity to participate in business processes without either explicit or implicit barriers.
The goal is to promote work-life balance as a key factor in supporting the needs of work-life integration for the full expression of each individual’s potential. Within this framework, the company has chosen to define and disseminate the company’s diversity and inclusion policy, with the aim of promoting diversity in all its forms in order to maximize opportunities and create value within the workplace.
In all company processes and activities, starting with personnel selection, La SIA guarantees equal opportunity and protection; encourages the application of all actions to support and protect maternity and paternity, facilitating the freedom to manage one’s work time with smart working and flexible hours and the possibility of using part-time. In particular, on Gender Diversity, equal opportunities, professional development, and overcoming discrimination or prejudice are valued. On the generational mix, it ensures the harmonious representation of all age groups and recognizes, values, strategies for the development and management of the needs of different generations and the application of policies aimed at fostering intergenerational dialogue and confrontation.

Benefits of an Inclusive Professional Team with a High Percentage of Women

Made up mainly of STEAM profiles, at present, one-third of the La SIA group is female, starting with top management in which Alessandra Speranza, an electronics and telecommunications engineer, who serves as general manager & security manager, stands out. Middle management includes figures such as. Wanda Musolino, construction engineer, one of the technical directors; Antonella Posti, construction engineer, as Zone Manager of La SIA’s most important area (the central area); Marina Fatelli, architect, handles Institutional Affairs; Vittoria Rossi, as HR recruiting specialist; and Luciana Bianchini, architect, in the role of BIM manager. Fifty percent of project management is composed of women.
In the La SIA Company, therefore, not only is the gender gap nonexistent, but fundamental is the role of STEAM women, whose skills and motivated approaches contribute to setting ever higher quality standards within the company.

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