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Claudia Parzani

Lawyer, Partner Linklaters - President Valore D

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background
In 1995 I graduated in law with honours from l’Università degli Studi di Milano. Since then I have worked in prestigious Italian and International law firms and I have been a Partner of the Capital Markets department Linklaters in Milan since 2007.
I specialise in capital markets and public M&A transactions, including IPOs, secondary offerings, tender offers, listings, issues of notes/bonds, convertible bonds and private placements, equity linked instruments and block trades.
At a global level I am in the task force for Consumer Sector and I ama t the head of the “luxury goods” sector.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?
I will be presenting my professional and human experience in the field of gender diversity and in particular I will be focusing on the point at which gender diversity meets business, creating opportunity for change. Unfortunately this is a point which society struggles to recognise despite the fact it really needs to do so. This experience of mine is a conglomeration of various projects in addition to my professional experience.
Valore D is the first (and the leading) association of large companies formed in Italy to support women’s leadership in the corporate world. Our mission is to support and increase women’s representation in top positions in major Italian companies through tangible and concrete actions. I have had the honour of being part of the [consiglio direttivo] of the association since the year of its inception and from June 2013 I have been at the helm of the association, in the role of president.
In the Boardroom, the project launched in 2012 and dedicated to talented women who are chosen for the programme, to assist them in preparing themselves to step into some of the most prestigious positions on the boards of some of Italy’s top companies. The programme was born at Valore D with the sponsorship of GE capital and the structuring of Linklaters and Egon Zehnder. I was involved in the planning stages and have brought to the programme my technical experience in corporate governance and with listed companies and am actively involved as a teacher to the “pupils”. The programme, which is now in its sixth edition, will form a total of 300 women. In the Boardroom was selected by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative products for 2013.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?
I live and work in Milan

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?
Valore-D works to change the corporate culture and people within the business world to encourage inclusion, reconciliation and to overcome unconscious stereotyping and prejudices. I have found that now, more than ever, is a time of new business models and deep and radical change, where there is a need to adopt the short/medium term objectives with those of the long term plans. It is a time for innovation. Today we have the opportunity to look back and see where we went wrong and start anew. It is a time to listen to new voices and understand the huge potential that is being offered by the young and women amongst us. They are the ones that can rethink the old models, to offer new insight and to open corporate eyes to new opportunities and horizons. Women are carrying the idea of a new future. With a longer view of what can come, of thinking of future generations especially when it comes to such important topics as education, sustainability and quality of life for all. Positive viewpoints that benefit the economy, the country, society and each one of us individually. By working towards this goal, freely providing skills and time and trying to do my part to bring men and women to an equal footing in positions of power alongside each other, I hope to contribute to the to reciprocal cycle of “ giving something back” and to show how each of us can have a impact and carry the baton of change that can only have a positive result.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.
That what we do is only a drop in the ocean, but if we don’t do it the ocean will have one less drop.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta