Ilaria Biancacci: The Hatch Founder Empowering Women

Picture of Ilaria Biancacci, the Hatch founder empowering women. Ilaria is a white woman with long brown hair. Shhe is sitting down as she faces the camera with her arm leaned back against her chair. She is smiling with her head tilted to the side. She is wearing a hot pink suit jacked and a white shirt.

I feel empowered every day by every woman I meet, every woman that comes on podcast, and every journalist that I’ve had the opportunity to work with. It’s always an opportunity for me to learn from other people and discover a new perspective and experience.

Ilaria Biancacci

A few weeks ago, a few members of the Comms team here at Hatch had the absolute joy of meeting Ilaria Biancacci to learn more about how she is empowering women with through her media platform, Wempower.

Here’s what we learned.

Ilaria Biancacci is an Italian journalist with extensive experience writing on gender issues, human rights, and geopolitics. 

Her move to the UK as a journalist was not an easy one because of the language and networking barriers she had to overcome. Due to this arduous transition, Ilaria is passionate about providing tools and opportunuties for younger journalists experiencing similar hardships.

Her mission is empowering women through increased representation in the news world, on both sides of the microphone.

“If you don’t see yourself represented, you don’t think you can achieve that position. But if you see yourself represented, whether it’s the interviewer or interviewee, then obviously you feel there are more opportunities for you.”

Picture of Ilaria Biancacci, the Hatch founder empowering women. Ilaria is a white woman with long brown hair. She is sat behind a table, with her arms folded over it as she faces the camera. She is wearing a hot pink suit jacked and a white shirt.
Wempower Logo, it reads: Wempower, your source of inspirational and positive stories.

In 2011, Ilaria came up with the idea of Wempower due to the lack of representation of women’s voices in the newsroom, especially in leadership roles.

“It really upset me the way women were portrayed in the news when I was working as a journalist. Everywhere you look women are not represented, at least from my point of view, from a very positive, inclusive and powerful point of view and perspective. And the narrative is always quite masculine.”

News is written by men for women, on topics they can't really relate to. So news will not really talk and speak the language of women. If we don’t have an inclusive news room, the news will not be inclusive.

Ilaria Biancacci

As the “mirror of society”, Ilaria believes that representation is especially important in the news environment, as it reflects how people relate to facts, and to the world.

Due to this gap of representation in the world of news, Ilaria decided to create a platform that could transform news into a more powerful and inspiring place for women by uplifting the voices of underrepresented women, both in telling their own stories, and in telling others’.

Wempower is a media platform that focuses on the stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things to change the world. Find the Wempower podcast and articles by clicking the button below.

THE EMPOWERED TRIBE

Along with a platform to uplift a variety of different underrepresented voices, Ilaria is passionate about creating a space for intergenerational learning with The Empowered Tribe.

This hub is for women journalists and creatives to come together, share their experiences and learn from each other. The core idea for this hub is to provide a safe space for journalists and storytellers to ask questions without judgement, empowering each generation of creatives to learn from eachother.

"Go to networking events" "Establish a connection" "Make it personal"

Ilaria’s top tip for all the budding journalists out there is to network as soon, and as much, as possible. 

As a foreigner, Ilaria initially found it difficult to navigate in the new cultural environment and effectively communicate her experience due to different structures in the UK.

It was when she started establishing connections with people in the field that she found people recognizing her expertise, and it was through these connections that she could find opportunities.

She also advises to use these networking opportunities to pitch your story to editors as soon as possible, both in person and online (especially LinkedIn).

Don’t feel shame in proposing yourself for a story. As an outsider, you need to push a little bit harder and ask a lot of questions. And don’t worry about being annoying, at least they’ll remember you.

Ilaria Biancacci

ILARIA AT HATCH

“My empowerment came from the network that I was able to establish on Wempower, and the opportunities I had with Hatch on the Incubator and the connections I established after that. Knowing that there’s a support network around me and I’m not completely alone.”

“Being a solo founder (and in my case, a full-time employee as well) can be quite daunting. So being a part of a cohort of people that were doing the same thing made me feel stronger and more grounded.”

“I just found myself more and more aligned with my mission.”

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