Empowerment and soft skills development

The empowerment program will help to foster soft skills, for both personal and professional development. The purpose of these modules is to increase autonomy, self-determination and communication skills, to enable students to achieve their professional goals.


Coach: David Trickey

David is one of Europe’s leading intercultural consultants. He focuses on multicultural team integration, and the strategic role of cultural diversity in the sustainability of organizations undergoing rapid and unpredictable change. He has led numerous integration projects for MNCs and has developed leadership teams.

He is a regular speaker at international conferences on global leadership, intercultural
development and large-scale behavioural change.

The course is designed to develop a broader range of strategies to deal with cultural diversity, turning differences into an asset and to accelerate cultural integration in a team context with distributed leadership.

The course also aims to demonstrate how culture becomes a fundamental part of the intercultural
dynamics of a team. Cultural diversities can be an asset in an intercultural context, leading to
creative solutions.
Great importance is given to the communication across cultures, mapping out different
preferences in communication style within the group; identifying an inclusive style of
communication in a multicultural context.


Coach: Daniela Terrile

Daniela keeps coaching methodology on focusing on strengths and weaknesses of students, empowering them to face fears and improve their style. Daniela is thriving when coaching, respecting and adapting to their preferences; she keeps an eye on research to improve her understanding of students’ needs, reveal insights, and inspire innovative solutions. People inspire Daniela; she strongly believes that all students have insights and internal resources to be effective and resilient. Coaching is not about the form or fixing a person; coaching is enhancing personal potential, to gain a unique place in society, and be what people deserve and dream to be.

The course incorporates basic notion of coaching, start-up empowering via systemic management constellation to prepare students to align their skills to their future professional career.

The empowerment is used to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination of all students in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way.

Purpose of the empowerment approach is to support students to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and eventually to use their resources and chances in a community where we will work through art of hosting techniques, peer to peer exercises, applied improvisation, target systemic constellation and Theory U.

The course employs a mapping thinking approach to support students to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, and learn from criticism. No teachers, no professors, only peer to peer approach; we will be inspired and experience systemic constellation, design thinking, systemic thinking, Flow and Grow Model and NLP coaching.

Pitch & Presentation Strategies

Coach: Maurizio La Cava

Maurizio is the Founder of the Lean Presentation Design movement – the first innovative methodology that teaches how to create slides logically for business people.
Through his company, Maurizio delivers Lean Presentation Design services to Top 500 Fortune companies and talented startups.
Maurizio is Startup Pitch Strategist at Polihub – Startup & District Incubator in Milan, Italy. He currently works together with high potential startups during their fund raising campaigns to make them stand out in front of their investors thanks to high impact pitch presentations.

The main goal of the course is to teach how to give voice to personal ideas in order to have a real impact on the audience. Create a connection with people is one of the fundamental thing and one of the primary way to engage the audience is to create an efficient structure of communication.

Delivering a successful presentation means talking to the heart of people, inspiring their minds in the short timings you are allowed.Being able to craft a successful presentation means being able to control people emotions, to trigger actions into audience’ minds, and to make your ideas spread.

Creativity & Team Management

Coach: Filomena Canterino

Filomena teaches Leadership & Innovation and Organizational Behavior courses at Master level. Her research activity concerns organization and leadership in the context of organizational change and in the context of innovation. In particular, she carried out action research projects with companies focusing on leadership dynamics in business transformation, employee driven innovation, and organizational and cultural transition towards the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies. She is author of several publications appearing on scientific journals and conference proceedings.

This course is designed to allow the participants to develop an understanding of basic dynamics of leading creativity in teams, in the context of organizations. In doing so, the course adopts an experiential approach, engaging the student actively in the learning process.

In addition to conceptual inputs, the course will utilize structured & unstructured exercises, simulations, case analysis, video material and student’s presentations in order to: a) provide the student with the opportunity to actually experience the dynamics being studied; and b) to provide situations wherein the student can assess the relevance of the concept being studied.

The main goals of the course are: to acquire greater self-awareness of one’s own motivational leversand leadership development skills in creative teams, to practice the dynamics of creativity processes within teams and to develop capabilities to engage yourself and others in creative efforts.

Strategic Storytelling & Contents narratives

Coach: Edward Rozzo

Edward is an expert in international communications, born in New York, studied at Boston University’s School of Public Communication and got his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been teaching communications, semiotics and visual culture since 1989 in various universities in Italy and throughout Europe: Università Bocconi, SDA Bocconi Università Cattolica, Politecnico/Polidesign, Istituto Europeo di Design Milano, Ecole Supérieure Visual Merchandising Vevey.

The aim of the course is to understand the fundamental role that storytelling can occupy in the construction of a content strategy for projects, companies, products or services. The student is brought into the world of communications through understanding the role of storytelling in cultural studiesas well as in the world of business and personal relations.

Using the storytelling exercises from yesterday, students will exchange ideas and create mini-content presentations, a personal presentation and a written story idea in short and long formats.

The course is desinged to teach the students how to apply a semiotic analysis to the visual landscape; introduce the basic rules of storytelling and storytelling for business and offer the students a chance to apply what they’ve learned in a personal presentation.

Portfolio Empowerment

Coach: Filippo Zordan

Filippo is a product design consultant. His job consists into product development and order/logistic management in collaboration with international interior design studios and with furniture and lighting design companies. Since 2019 he teaches Portfolio Empowerment in master classes of Polidesing Milano and he is also teaching as trainer in computer graphics and 3d printing collaborating with schools and universities.

The course is intended to allow participants to define and develop their own portfolio: a tailor-made communication project that contains project and communicate specific skills and competences.

The course consists in one class-lesson; here, participants will learn what is a portfolio and how to define a structure, organize the contents and how to create layouts.

The course is designed to acquire the knowledges to design a portfolio; acquire the ability to define and communicate their own skills and to realize a professional portfolio.

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