Internal values of empowerment, innovation, community engagement, and responsibility guide our work.
The Association for the Integration of Women is an Italian association, brought to you by an international group of friends who are innovative and motivated to give back. We work hard to find and implement best practices, be active listeners, measure our success, and continuously improve.
In 1902, my great-grandmother left her small village in Calabria and moved to New York in search of a dream.
My family, like thousands of others, came with nothing except their memories, skills, and culture; and they opened restaurants, introducing themselves to their new neighbors through food.
The Association for the Integration of Women is dedicated to providing newcomers to Modena, and many other cities like it, the same opportunity.
Migrant women of Modena have a story to tell. And we hope to open our doors as a space to do so—to discover, to grow, and to witness Modena’s newest community members spread roots and flourish.
Culinary Director, Co-founder
Jessica is a Canadian chef working in the restaurant industry since 2001. She is currently the Head Chef of Casa Maria Luigia by Massimo Bottura. In 2021 she was named Woman Chef of the Year by Guida dell'Espresso, and in 2022 won the Rising Star award at Best Chef Awards.
MARIA ASSUNTA IOELE
Legal officer, Co-founder
Maria is an Italian attorney registered with the Albo di Modena since 2009, apart from being a family mediator since 2008. She focuses mainly on the protection of women, children, and the under represented.
James is an accomplished senior leader based in Italy with a dynamic career in finance, entrepreneurship, and sports marketing spanning two decades. He brings passion for business and hospitality to help advise the strategic and financial planning of AIW.
Marco is an Italian sales manager at Ferrari. A business graduate of Bocconi University, he has experience working in the United States and in France. His interest for the non-profit sector dates back to his Masters thesis on non-profit boards of directors makeup and fundraising efficiency.