With over [X] years in the [X] industry, Rosanna has continuously tied the skills and experience acquired through her work in the technology and social work sectors into her identity as a changemaker, human activist, and steward in societal diversity and inclusion. She has a special interest in using technology to make a social impact and her role in this endeavor is inspiring women to rise as leaders in sectors in which they have previously not.
In her professional life, Rosanna designs and delivers programs to develop skills for IBM employees in Enterprise Services. She is a frequent guest speaker at universities where she speaks to the topics of social entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, and innovation in the field of social work. She is also the founder of the non-profit Vrouwen Aan het Werk (VAHW) in the Netherlands, where she coaches, trains, and guides underrepresented job seekers through the Dutch society and job market and employs programs that empower Women in the IT labor market.
Rosanna envisions a Europe where the conversation of including immigrants and refugees in the job market is common practice among all levels of industry, knowledge institutes, and government. In these early stages of the Goodhood Collective, Rosanna has already proved invaluable to the team, leveraging her knowledge, skills, experience, and network to bring this vision closer to reality.
Samantha Rae Yannucci
When approaching an issue, Sam has an innate ability to recognize interconnectedness and employ systems thinking. Paired with her educational background in geography and urban planning, she has a knack for formalizing strategic, comprehensive solutions to address contemporary urban challenges. In terms of planning, she is most interested in how the physical realm of a city could be refined to improve the social realm, including social equity and quality of life.
Sam believes that many challenges affecting people today have arisen from the functions of contemporary society–namely the fact that they are in direct resistance to our natural way of life. She is on a mission to figure out the characteristics of a good neighborhood; one that facilitates social interactions and relationships and a perceived sense of safety and belongingness. She believes many of these characteristics are often overlooked and even dismissed.
With a special fervor for integration, she is leading a living lab project that seeks to uncover the concept of a good neighborhood, or a “goodhood”, in regard to the Eritrean refugee community in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.