The promoter and founder of the Association was Elisabetta Tamagnone, an executive of SAIMA, an international shipping company.
At the time of Alitalia’s inaugural flight, 1st April 1960, on the Italy-Netherlands route, Elisabetta Tamagnone meets in Amsterdam M.me Betsy Kiek Wolffers, President of the Dutch FCE - Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises, whose European founder and President was M.me Yvonne Edmond Foinant from Paris.
Elisabetta Tamagnone, enthusiastic about the activities carried out by the FCE, gets the idea of founding a similar association in Italy. She begins a correspondence with M.me Foinant, gets in touch with the few women who then covered entrepreneurial or managerial roles in Turin. On 22 May 1961, the memorandum of association of AIDDA-Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Managers of Enterprises, is signed by:
- Marian Taylor Abbagnano (owner of the Taylor publishing house, which published books on philosophy, sociology and psychology)
- Maria Teresa Abate Bellia (owner of the MTA knitwear factory)
- Ercolina Ferraris Canavera (financial manager of CEAT tyres)
- Albertina Cei (financial manager of Orecchia Scavarda, FIAT dealership)
- Adelaide Forno (general proxy for Lavazza)
- Maria Bice Laugeri (marketing director of Carpano)
- Silvia Jona Ortona (executive of Merveilleuse)
- Elisabetta Tamagnone (executive of SAIMA International Shipping)
- Lidia De Barberis Testa (co-owner of Armando Testa)
- Giovanna Colombo Zamboni (owner of Transitalia, a travel and cruise company)
Marian Taylor Abbagnano is elected President and Elisabetta Tamagnone Vice-President.