25 international MBA students selected from three top tier European Business Schools (SDA BOCCONI, INSEAD and VLERICK) and representing 20 different nationalities are taking part in a six months mentoring program in order to learn how to design and develop their career.

They are supported by high profile professional women mentors and will work in groups based on sector of interest.

The working groups and mentors participating in the project are the following:

Patrizia Rizzo ME-TOTEM.eu

Financial Services: Patrizia Rizzo – Independent Advisor – Capital Markets and Transaction Services

Laura Burdese ME-TOTEM.eu

Luxury: Laura Burdese – Country Manager, Swatch Group and Director, Calvin Klein Watch+Jewelry Co. Ltd

Catherine Walker ME-TOTEM.eu

Technology: Catherine Walker – Group Head of Large Enterprise Marketing – Vodafone

Anna Simioni - ME-TOTEM.eu

Consulting: Anna Simioni – Practice leader in Leadership and Change – The Boston Consulting Group


Technology, Roberta Toniolo, PWA Milan President and former Oracle executive.


 In addition to the mentoring groups, students will have the opportunity to participate in webinar discussions with two “Super mentors”, senior ladies with a peculiar background and career who will share their experience and advice: Simonetta Di Pippo and Lucrezia Reichlin.

Simonetta di Pippo ME-TOTEM.eu

Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Lucrezia Reichlin ME-TOTEM.eu

Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor of Economics at the London Business School, independent director of UniCredit Banking Group and AGEAS Insurance Group and board member of various European Institutions.

The MBA mentoring program is just the first phase of the wider Me-Totem Project (Mentoring as a tool towards Empowerment), developed by PWA Milan and co-financed by the European Commission.
This project falls into the “Equality in Economic Decision Making” area of the EU Commission commitment towards gender balance.

Me-Totem is structured in three main Workstreams impacting women at various stages of their leadership journey:

– Workstream 1: C-Suite/Executive women development
– Workstream 2: Cross-european, cross-company executive mentoring and diversity management Lab
– Workstream 3: MBA mentoring program

Me-Totem will impact 8 European countries (Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and UK) in cooperation with PWN Global.

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