Spread the Word is the “child” of years of research and experience on EDI and mentoring in STEM by Dr Athina Frantzana.
Athina Frantzana, PhD
EDI & Mentoring in STEM Specialist-Researcher, Founder of Spread the Word
With a STEM background and a passion for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, my life’s purpose is to make this world a more inclusive and better place for everyone, with equal rights and opportunities, and respect and admiration for diversity.
At Spread the Word I do not encourage superficial and ineffective “box-ticking” practices; I work with people who want to make real change. That’s why for my strategies and training, I use innovative, as well as evidence-based methods tailored to the needs of the individual or the workplace.
Who I am & What I do:
My PhD thesis forms the first step to understand women’s representation and experiences within the advanced computing community and suggests solutions to tackle the barriers causing the gender gap in STEM.
I have participated in many local and international conferences as a keynote speaker, paper and poster presenter, workshop leader, and organising committee member. Highlights include my keynote talk at Europython 2019 in Basel (CH), my talk at Gender Summit 6 in Seoul (South Korea), and sitting as the Director of Outreach at the first student-run Women in Tech Conference in 2018 (Edinburgh, UK) and as the Inclusivity Training Chair at the Supercomputing Conference 2021 (SC21, USA).
I have also participated in many panel discussions and have written articles, reviews, research papers, and reports for a variety of topics, purposes, audiences and media platforms.
I have initiated and worked on award-winning outreach and public engagement projects and events aiming to bring Science and Technology closer to everyone, regardless gender, age or background.
I am also a mentoring expert with a thorough research on the subject. As a firm believer in the impact of mentoring on people’s life and career, I have set up successful mentoring schemes and trained several mentors within industry and academia.
My work at Spread the Word includes:
Strategic Planning & Management
Evaluation & Research
Workshops & Training
Mentoring & Coaching
Keynotes & Panel Discussions
Other Projects & Collaborations
I love animals and nature! I am vegan and a proud parent of a dog, that I rescued from the streets of Greece, and of many flowers and plants!
I love crafting, cooking, and collecting old books, records and ornaments.
I am a qualified dancer and I have performed and taught dance for many years.
I am also a vintage and ethical fashion lover and activist.
I don’t hide my geeky side, being a Sci-Fi, comics and card games enthusiast!