Invisible Superwomen Documents Female Entrepreneurship in Italy

Invisible Superwomen

Pictured left-to-right: professor Silvia Pulino (Institute for Entrepreneurship director), Adalgisa Gherso and Mariarosy Calleri

On Thursday, June 7th, John Cabot University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship welcomed Italian writer and entrepreneur Mariarosy Calleri, for a film screening of the documentary “Invisible Super Women”, which she wrote and directed, followed by a panel discussion with the author and some of the entrepreneurs who appear in the film.

The documentary revolves around the idea of the promotion of an enterprise culture among young people and attempts to rewrite the narrative of the feminine, starting from the stories and experiences of contemporary women entrepreneurs, who have managed to successfully run a business, despite the difficulties that Italy has been facing.

Among the entrepreneurs present for the panel discussion that followed the screening was Laura Buffa, founder of T-Riciclo. She talked about the “green” economy sector, noting how, even though Italy is by no means a leader in this sector, it is nonetheless growing, with up to 100,000 new jobs being created. Elisabetta Bucciarelli, founder of Sound Art 23, instead said that for her the key strength of any successful company is being able to choose the right people to work there.
Finally there was Margarita Perea Sànchez, originally from Colombia, who founded her “Clinica dei Vestiti” despite the difficulties of being an entrepreneur in a foreign country. She spoke of the gratefulness for the opportunities Italy has offered her, and she has proposed to the Rome city administration to train female prisoners as seamstresses for free, as a way to give back to the community.

The event began with a speech by Adalgisa Gherso of the Comitato per la Promozione dell’Imprenditorialità Femminile (Committee for Female Entrepreneurship) of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, which co-sponsored the screening and discussion along with the Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Read Adalgia Gherso’s speech!