Social Entrepreneur in Employment & Gender equality by producing Medias and Events
Position: Founding & Managing Director JUMP “Empowering Women, Advancing the Economy”
Isabella Lenarduzzi has been a social entrepreneur, an expert in communication, event and conference organisation for 25 years. Her areas of interest include women empowerment, education, training, entrepreneurship, innovation and European integration (EU advocacy).
Isabella created the European student fairs in various countries of Europe. She also edited two monthly magazines “Univers-Cité” and “Kampus” aimed at young readers aged 15-25 and distributed the Student Welcome Pack to more than 1 million students all over Europe.
After having sold these companies to Reed-Elsevier, Isabella established a consultancy and training activity in Italy and worked as deputy director for the Naples Science Museum where she set up Italy’s “Guidance and Careers Resource Centre”. She then came back to Brussels and went on to organise a number of economical events including the European Business Summit, CréaWal 2004 and Wallinno 2005.
In 2005 she created for the Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI), the “Brussels Job Days”, a new concept of event for on-site job interviews from employers to jobseekers. In 5 years she has organised 30 editions which have given jobs to over 5000 people.
She got several awards, here are some:
- Nominee in 1992 as the woman of the year in Belgium
- Wimadame award (France) called “European female entrepreneur of the year” in 2010
- “Femme d’Exception” (Woman of exception) in 2011 by the Belgian Minister for Equal Opportunities Joëlle Milquet
- “Tof de la comm” ‘Award for event communication in June 2011
- “Women inspiring Europe” in 2012 by the European Institute for Gender Equality
Isabella launched JUMP “Empowering Women, Advancing the Economy” in 2006.
JUMP offers women practical tools to help them realise their professional and personal aspirations, and supports companies and organisations that wish to promote better gender diversity within their management
Isabella manages currently 3 companies, one NGO and a team of 12 persons.