3DHEALS Community Manager Interview: Fernanda Valentino, Chicago

Photo: Jenny and Fernanda during our Chicago event last November.
Community: Chicago, IL

3DHEALS members can get in touch with Fernanda Valentino here.

Jenny: One quote that represents you 
Fernanda: Fearless!
Jenny: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where are you from originally? Where are you located? What are you working on?)
Fernanda: From Perth, Western Australia. Living in Chicago. Seeking opportunities in the development and fundraising sector.
Jenny: What made you decide to become a 3DHEALS community manager?
Fernanda: Jenny!
Jenny: If you have already organized a 3DHEALS event, what were your experiences like?
Fernanda: It was a lot of fun. It was great to have a diverse group of people and the dovetailing with the RSNA was brilliant. 
Jenny: What do you think of innovations in healthcare 3D printing or bioprinting? What do you hope to see in the next five years? 10 years?
Fernanda: I think the most impactful innovation will be our ability to produce organs. Imagine not having to go through the long and painful process of finding a matching donor!
Jenny: Most of our community managers are entrepreneurial and adventurous, what risks/adventures have you taken that you’d like to share with us? Any hopes or regrets?
Fernanda: I traveled extensively throughout Europe and had many different and exciting careers. I have no regrets about settling in the US but I do miss my family in Australia.
Jenny: Who would you like to find and to include in the 3DHEALS community you are building?
Fernanda: People who see beyond their immediate areas and are willing to have a discussion about where 3D can be used across disciplines in creative and unusual ways.
Jenny: What would you like to accomplish with this new 3DHEALS community in the future?
Fernanda: Grow the community and make it part of “mainstream” events, such as the Chicago Ideas Week in October!
Jenny: What do you think about the innovation environment (for health tech or for general technology) in your city? What can be done to improve it?
Fernanda: I think the innovation environment in Chicago is emerging and vibrant. I do think we need more open forums and public access to information about what is going on through better public outreach, organized events, and inclusion.
Jenny: What are you most proud of about your city?
Fernanda: Chicago is a clean, vibrant and highly “livable” city. Its food, architecture and cultural depth make it a wonderful city to live in.
Jenny: What are you most proud of about the innovation community in your city?
Fernanda: There are a lot of organizations who are passionate about innovation and want to really bring it to the forefront within this community. There is a sense that Chicago wants to be front and center on the map of innovation.
Jenny: What do you think are the top priorities in healthcare innovations for your city/community?
Fernanda: Collaboration, accessibility, and affordability.
Jenny: What do you hope to accomplish through your role as the 3DHEALS community manager?
Fernanda: Spread the word about what is happening in Chicago and on a global level.
Jenny: What do you do for fun?
Fernanda: Travel, read, write children’s poetry and fiction, yoga.
Jenny: Anything else?
Fernanda: I also volunteer and raise funding for non-profits within my community.