As the SIE Congress from 14-17 July 2017 in Florence moves ever closer, I would like to share my enthusiasm for the programme, but also for the group of young women in STEM disciplines who will participate in the event at the invitation of Unions and Clubs.




For the first time in our history, we have opened the Congress to non-Soroptimist young women between the ages of 18 and 25 who are either studying or working in STEM fields.


‘Own the Future: Education, your passport to a better life’ is the motto of the Congress, which promises an exciting and varied programme. I feel very proud that we are providing this chance for our young guests to meet leaders in their respective professions. As the 2015-2017 biennium theme ‘Soroptimists Invest in Education’ suggests, we are truly demonstrating how promoting education and offering a unique opportunity to network can benefit the next generation of professional women.


Of course, Soroptimists themselves are the main audience of the SIE Congress, and under the leadership of SIE Secretary General Flavia Pozzolini, the Organising Committee has put together an impressive programme with top-level speakers and exciting topics for our members. The Plenary Session features inspirational women in STEM, while the two Theme Sessions will highlight aspects of the 2013-2015 and 2015-2017 biennia, respectively. The programme in detail and registration information can be downloaded from the Congress website:


If you haven’t done so as yet, I encourage you to register soon and join us at the 21st SIE Congress in Florence. In addition to celebrating our Federation, the projects of our Unions and Clubs as well as women in general, this special July weekend will allow participants to experience the friendship and spirit of our organisation.