Woman in Innovation: Caterina Giorgi
"I want to make sure that I can say to my daughter that I’ve done all I can to create a better community."

Each Wednesday we interview women in our community about innovation and what drives them to make a difference in their industries everyday!

What are you currently working on?
We are continuing to deliver our training on policy and advocacy to not-for-profit professionals across the country. Our national professional community of change makers is also growing with members from across the country. We are also working with organisations and individuals to develop organisational, communication and advocacy strategies. In 2018 we will be looking at innovative ways to fund advocacy and trialling some new collaborative projects with designers (watch this space).

Why is innovation important to you? 
I’m interested in creating a more fair, just, healthy, sustainable and equitable society. The social challenges that we face to achieve this are mammoth. To overcome these challenges, we need to make sure that we are constantly innovating and learning from the experience and evidence of what works and what might work.

What drives you to make a difference? 
The motivation for my work has always been the inequity that exists across our communities and within our community. I want to make sure that I can say to my daughter that I’ve done all I can to create a better community.

Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem? 
Significant legal and structural reform is needed if we are genuinely committed to gender equality. It is not enough to just say that we care about equality – we also need to create a better environment for this. Organisations like YWCA Canberra in the ACT do amazing work in progressing this policy agenda.

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