Attilio Lombardi, joins the Board of Directors of the World Food Programme Italy

Attilio Lombardi, joins the Board of Directors of the World Food Programme Italy


AssoComunicatori member Attilio Lombardi was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the World Food Programme Italy.

Lombardi, founder of the Ital Communications communications agency, has an important background in the world of institutional relations and media relations.

The World Food Programme has always been at the forefront of the fight against hunger in the world to achieve greater food security, through assistance programmes aimed at building infrastructure, spreading knowledge and developing stronger and more advanced communities.

The commitment of our AssoComunicatori member and friend Attilio Lombardi in the social and humanitarian field - says Carmelo Cutuli, President of AssoCommunicatori - makes us extremely proud. AssoComunicatori, as a Non-Profit Association, encourages its members to complete their professional standing by offering their pro-bono contribution in humanitarian and service organizations, applying the Golden Rule and returning to the community as good as they have received from it.
U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg visited USAG Italy in Vicenza

U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg visited USAG Italy in Vicenza

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg visited USAG Italy. He toured #DelDin and #Villaggio housing areas, met with leadership at 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Africa to acquaint himself with the U.S. Army mission here. Ambassador Eisenberg also took time to record an AFN Vicenza Holiday message for military families in Italy. U.S. Department of State U.S. Army Europe Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe U.S. Army Europe
Now Accepting Applications for NIAF 2018 Scholarships

Now Accepting Applications for NIAF 2018 Scholarships

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for its NIAF 2018 Scholarships. For the past 42 years, NIAF’s scholarship program has grown to over 80 annual scholarships ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000 in the fields of Italian language and culture, medicine, engineering, business, law, music, and other specialized fields.

“The National Italian American Foundation is proud to continue its longstanding tradition of awarding merit-based scholarships to institutions and students across America. Each year, NIAF awards over a million dollars to deserving undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical and law students pursuing their dreams of higher education,” said Linda R. Carlozzi, co-chair of the Foundation’s Scholarships and Grants Committee. “Our Scholarships and Grants Program is a core mission of NIAF, which supports Italian American students as they pursue their career goals.”

Scholarship applicants must be a NIAF member, or have a parent or guardian who is a member of the Foundation. Applicants must also be enrolled in, or entering, an accredited college or university in the United States in the fall of 2018. For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be considered “Italian American,” the applicant must have at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy; applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Apply online at www.niaf.org/scholarships. Only online applications will be accepted. All requirements including recommendation letters and other supporting documents must be uploaded to the application by the deadline in order for it to be considered complete. Application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST). Scholarship recipients will be notified via email on Monday, May 7, 2018.
Carlo Robiglio appointed President of Piccola Industria

Carlo Robiglio appointed President of Piccola Industria

AmCham Italy is pleased to announce that Carlo Robiglio, AmCham Local Representative in Novara, has been appointed by the Council Piccola Industria of Confindustria President for 2017-2019. As such, he becomes a team member of President Vincenzo Boccia as Vice President of Confindustria.

From 2000 to 2002 Robiglio was President of Giovani Imprenditori of Associazione Industriali Novara. From 2002 to 2005 he was President of Giovani Imprenditori of Confindustria Piemonte.
From 2010 to 2013 he was Chairman of the Piccola Industria of Associazione Industriali of Novara. Since 2014 he led the Piccola Industria of Piemonte. When Alberto Baban was President, he was the director of "L'Imprenditore", Piccola Industria Confindustria's magazine.

He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sole 24 Ore and he is Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic, title conferred in 2012.
NIAF Congratulates Antonio Giordano, MD, on Receiving the CORE Award for Oncology 2017

NIAF Congratulates Antonio Giordano, MD, on Receiving the CORE Award for Oncology 2017

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) congratulates to NIAF Board Member Antonio Giordano, MD, PhD, on being awarded the CORE Award for Oncology 2017 on behalf of Centro Oncoematologico Regio Emilia (CORE), of the USL-IRCCS of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

“Dr. Giordano is a talented researcher and advocate for health in his fight against cancer, and is well-deserving of this award,” said Patricia de Stacy Harrison, NIAF co-chair and president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “All of us here at NIAF are incredibly proud of his accomplishments and congratulate him on this recognition.”

The CORE Prize for Oncology is awarded to two prestigious researchers for their medical work in the field of oncology. This year, the awards ceremony took place at the second-annual USL-IRCCS Congress of Reggio Emilia, which brings together prominent oncologists from Europe and the United States.

Giordano was awarded the CORE Award for Oncology in recognition of his ground-breaking discoveries in cell research, which have led to a greater understanding of the fundamental mechanisms at the basis of cancer, and has helped develop a new class of anticancer therapeutics.

Giordano is the president of Sbarro Health Research Organization Inc. (SHRO) and is the director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Giordano is also a “chiara fama” professor of pathology in the Department of Medicine, Surgery, and Neuroscience at the University of Siena, Italy. He is originally from Naples, Italy, and earned his MD from the University of Naples, and earned his Ph.D. in pathology at the University of Trieste.

He has dedicated most of his research to the field of oncology, and has made numerous discoveries related to the causes and treatments of cancer. He has also contributed many years of work and service to the National Italian American Foundation, and promoting the Foundation’s commitment to Italian and Italian American affairs. NIAF is proud of Giordano’s recent accomplishment, and look forward to his future work in cancer research.
A message to the Italy-USA Foundation from the Minister of Education

A message to the Italy-USA Foundation from the Minister of Education


The Italian Minister of Education, sen. Valeria Fedeli, sent the following message to the Italy-USA Foundation in order to the master's degree on "Global Marketing, Communication and Made in Italy".

Da Ministra dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, ruolo che ricopro in questo momento, voglio confermare la volontà e la determinazione a creare condizioni di contaminazione positiva tra culture di Paesi diversi e di sviluppo di sinergie internazionali nell’ambito della filiera formativa ed educativa, condizioni che consentono di arricchire il bagaglio personale delle nuove generazioni con conoscenze e competenze nuove e utili per la loro crescita di cittadine e cittadini globali. I tempi che viviamo ci pongono di fronte a sfide sempre più complesse, a mutamenti repentini che attraversano le società anche oltre i confini nazionali. Le risposte a queste sfide e a questi mutamenti per essere efficaci devono essere condivise. In un mondo sempre più globalizzato, le alleanze e la corresponsabilità nella gestione delle questioni che interessano la vita delle donne e degli uomini sono determinanti. Sono i ponti che costruiscono progresso, sono il dialogo, le relazioni e le interazioni positive che decretano il successo delle politiche delle istituzioni e che consentono la tenuta democratica delle società contemporanee. L’Agenda 2030 per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, promossa dall’Onu per costruire società giuste, eque, prospere e inclusive, è stata, non a caso, condivisa a livello internazionale e impegna Paesi diversi per natura, storia e tradizione verso obiettivi di crescita comuni. La solidarietà tra popoli e la collaborazione in settori strategici per lo sviluppo, e faccio un riferimento particolare alla filiera del sapere – la scuola, le università, il mondo della ricerca – sono le strade che abbiamo per costruire un mondo di benessere e di pace a beneficio delle nuove generazioni. Continuiamo in questo impegno e con lo spirito di amicizia che è stato caratteristica dei nostri rapporti finora.
Sons of Italy Foundation National Leadership Grant Competition

Sons of Italy Foundation National Leadership Grant Competition


Through the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), and hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) has awarded nearly $61 million in scholarships to date. In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, in a nationwide competition. These figures and the number of scholarships may vary according to funding each year.

General Eligibility: U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in a four year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution for the Fall 2018 term. Previous SIF scholarship winners are not eligible. Additional eligibility requirements may apply to specific scholarships.

General Requirements: Please see each scholarship description for its specific requirements. The following general requirements apply to all scholarships (except where noted):
Application Form: Must be submitted along with requirements for each scholarship.
Transcripts: For each scholarship, transcripts provided must be through the December 2017 term. All transcripts must be stamped by the institution.
Processing Fee: A $35 non-refundable processing fee is required with each scholarship application. The fee includes a one-year At-Large Membership to OSDIA, with all At-Large Membership benefits.

Deadline: The deadline for all scholarships (unless otherwise noted) is February 28, 2018. All requirements for a given scholarship must be met or the application will not be considered. All scholarship materials must be submitted online, and completed applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018. No exceptions will be made. The SIF takes no responsibility for incomplete or late applications.
Process: Applications are screened by education professionals. Final selection is made by OSDIA’s National Scholarship, Education and Culture Committee. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2018. Monetary awards are presented directly to the students’ academic institutions in accordance with eligibility requirements.

Click to learn more about available scholarships and apply today!
Andrea Pietrini, President and founder of YourGroup joins The Watson Society's Honor Committee

Andrea Pietrini, President and founder of YourGroup joins The Watson Society's Honor Committee


The Italian entrepreneur Andrea Pietrini, President and founder of YourGroup received honorary membership from The Watson Society, an association of friendship between Italy and the United States based in Rome.

Graduated at Bocconi University, MBA Executive at LUISS Business School, he played significant roles in M&A sector, first in KPMG, where he also dealt with acquisition due diligence, then in IBM South Europe – Alliance department working on transnational operations and then moved as investment manager in FinTech, a joint venture between Telecom Italia and MCC – Central Credit Bank (Banca di Roma, then Capitalia).
He has been Board Member of several Italian and foreign companies.
For some years he has been Group CFO of the Terasystem Group, one of the most important Italian technology companies, owned by the EMC2 multinational and the Private Equity Euroqube SA fund, and more recently of the Solgenia Group and the Sacom Group where he dealt with the listing on the AIM segment of Borsa Italiana. In 2012 he estabilished yourCFO Consulting Group, the first CFO Service company in Italy and in the following years, developed yourHR, yourDIGITAL and yourCEO divisions.
Andrea is also Senior Advisor of EnVent Capital Markets and member of IAG – Italian Angels for growth, the largest Business Angel Association in Italy. He is a professor of Business Finance at Cabot University and at the Corporate Finance master academy at 24Ore Business School.

"We are pleased - says Carmelo Cutuli, President of The Watson Society - to welcome Dr. Pietrini, President and founder of YourGroup to our Honorary Committee. His vision, combined with excellent managerial skills and technical skills allowed him to build a network of professionals, even outside Italy, in the core sectors of his company. In particular, his work in the field of promotion and enhancement of the executive figure of the company finance manager (CFO) has allowed the definitive consolidation in our country of the professional market related to this specialization."
AmCham Italy annual gala dinner. Some photos courtesy of Mr. Viola

AmCham Italy annual gala dinner. Some photos courtesy of Mr. Viola


Yesterday, in the evening, the annual AmCham Italy Gala dinner was held in Milan  in the presence of  the US Ambassador to Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg and the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio.

Following tradition, AmCham Italy has conferred the Transatlantic Awards upon both Italian and American companies that, through their recent operations, have distinguished themselves in the promotion and development of the transatlantic relations between the United States and Italy.

Moreover the attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner signed by Chef Davide Oldani, listened to good live music and networked with AmCham Italy business community!

Our very good friend, Mr. Pietro Viola, AmCham Italy's delegate to Sicily, sent us some photos we are glad to share with all our italian-american readers.



Mr. Viola with US Ambassador to Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg and TWS Honorary Member Mr. Paolo Zagami.


Mr. Viola with Mr. Roberto Race, TWS Honorary Member


US Ambassador to Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg during his speech








Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Design Lecture, December 6th

Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Design Lecture, December 6th


The Italian American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites  to "PRESERVATION WITH PURPOSE - Learn about current approaches to preservation of historical buildings" with Guest speaker John Eifler, Principal at Eifler & Associates Architects.

The speaker will illustrate preservation and restoration work accomplished over the past 20 years. Individual projects accomplished by E & A and others will be used to describe how the field of restoration is adapting, and sometimes resisting the needs of our current society.

FIRST WEDNESDAY @ CIAO CHICAGO. AN ITALIAN DESIGN NIGHT will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM c/o 1656 West Chicago Chicago, IL 60622

Free program. Only 30 seats available RSVP is mandatory. Click here to RSVP
Italian Pizza & Wine Christmas Party

Italian Pizza & Wine Christmas Party


The Italian American Chamber of Commerce cordially invite to the Italian Pizza & Wine Christmas Party, an exclusive Christmas Party featuring authentic Italian pizza, wines, sicilian appetizers, music and more in an unique Italian ambiance.

The party will be held on next wednesday December 13, 6:00-9:00pm, at  Elio Pizza on Fire (445 W Lake St, Addison, IL 60101)

The admission fee is $20, click here to reserve.
B20 Chairs Heraeus and Funes: B20 process is crucial for G20 to effectively shape globalization

B20 Chairs Heraeus and Funes: B20 process is crucial for G20 to effectively shape globalization


“The B20 is crucial for an effective G20 that shapes globalization,” said Jürgen Heraeus and Daniel Funes de Rioja, the current and incoming Chairs of the official G20 business dialogue, Business 20 (B20), prior to the B20 handover in Buenos Aires. The official handover ceremony, 1 month before the G20 handover, will take place today in the Argentine Foreign Ministry, hosted by the Argentine G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado.

“We can be proud of what we have achieved as B20 Germany,” Heraeus stated. In seven taskforces and one initiative, more than 700 leading business representatives developed joint policy recommendations that were handed over to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the B20 Summit in May 2017. The G20 Summit in Hamburg is a partial success, given the difficult negotiating climate. We are nonetheless disappointed that the G20 did little more than secure the status quo in many areas such as international trade,” Heraeus continued. “The G20 must now fill its Hamburg commitments with life,” said the B20 Germany Chair. Heraeus, who will be accompanied by B20 Sherpa Stormy-Annika Mildner, represent the three German business associations that were mandated by the German government to preside over the German B20 dialogue: the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).

“We stand with B20 Germany for open and rules-based markets. At the same time, we agree that we must ensure that the benefits from globalization are widespread in our societies. For example, we need to invest more in education and lifelong learning”, Funes de Rioja added. B20 Argentina will be led by Funes de Rioja as Chair, designated by the Argentine government. Daniel Funes de Rioja is the former President of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and also participated in the B20 Germany process as Co-Chair of the Employment and Education Taskforce. He will be assisted by six business chambers – ADEBA, BCBA, CACS, CAMARCO, SRA and UIA – as Co-Chair. B20 Sherpas Carolina Castro (Executive Sherpa) and Fernando Landa (Policy Sherpa) are tasked with bringing the B20 to life. “This is a great opportunity for our region and our country, taking into account the transformation process Argentina is going through and the structural reforms the government is putting in place to face the challenges of open market economy, the globalization process, and smart integration”, said Funes de Rioja.

Roberto Race, Competere’s Secretary General has represented Italy at the B20. "The B20 held in Germany has achieved significant results in the field of trade, environment, competitiveness, health and innovation, and we hope to be pursued with the same commitment in Argentina. G20 now must deliver on Hamburg results" says Roberto Race, Secretary General of Competere. "As Competere we will also work during the Argentine mandate to produce analysis and policy paper to quantify social transformations and technological progress achieved."

"If we want to face and overcome the social and economic challenges of the future, the G20 members must work harder and more co-ordinated," says Pietro Paganini, President of Competere. "This attitude requires cooperation between countries, international organizations, industries and civil society. Good luck Argentina."
Conference on Americans described by Italian movies promoted by the Italy-USA Foundation

Conference on Americans described by Italian movies promoted by the Italy-USA Foundation


A conference on “Gli americani raccontati dal cinema italiano” will be held in Rome, Chamber of Deputies, Mappamondo Hall, November 13, 2017, 16:00, promoted by Italy-USA Foundation.

Among the participants Catia Polidori, executive director Italy-USA Foundation, Ugo Gregoretti, journalist, Luca Martera, historical expert of mass media, Giancarlo Parretti, former president Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Francesco Rutelli, president Anica, Tatti Sanguineti, journalist, Enrico Vanzina, producer and writer. Chairman will be the journalist Giampiero Gramaglia.

During the conference there will be a screening of part of movies, interviews and documentaries about the actor Alberto Sordi, included unpublished videos. It is necessary to send an email confirming participation at info@italiausa.org.
This Italian village may pay you $2000 to move there

This Italian village may pay you $2000 to move there



This Italian village may only have 394 residents, but they are willing to welcome more with open arms and open wallets.

Nestled 50 miles from Genoa, Bormida is a tiny village with a dwindling population. To keep Bormida from becoming a ghost town while residents move to bigger cities, the town's mayor has proposed to pay new residents $2,000 to move into their storybook village.

Even sweeter than a moving bonus is cheap real estate. Homes in Bormida are renting below market value just to attract more people. For as little as $50 per month, you could rent a small home or pay only $130 for a larger dwelling.
Partnership agreement signed between Salvator Mundi International Hospital and UPMC

Partnership agreement signed between Salvator Mundi International Hospital and UPMC

An agreement was signed between Salvator Mundi International Hospital and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) to co-manage the Hospital and carry out investments and collaborations in the field of private health care that will benefit Italian and foreign patients, and with the goal to extend Rome's power of attraction to a wider area that includes Europe, the Mediterranean, and beyond.

In particular, an integrated Oncology Center will be created and linked to the UPMC Cancer Center network. In line with the professional experience of the two partners, the plan is to launch new programs and to improve the existing ones, including thoracic and abdominal minimally invasive surgical oncology, interventional radiology, and oncology interventional digestive endoscopy. The oncology clinical offer will be complemented by immuno-oncology therapies and a new oncology genomics service, indispensable to support therapeutic decisions with a personalized medicine approach. All aspects related to the prevention and early diagnosis of oncological diseases will also be developed, and a new dedicated program of Integrative Medicine in Oncology, one of the first in Europe, will be launched. The program will be managed by a team of physicians and experts, and will support patients and their families, helping them manage the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of the therapies.

The aim of the new SMIH-UPMC partnership is also to enhance and expand the offer across multiple specialties including orthopedics, ophthalmology, and plastic surgery, using new technologies and innovative approaches (such as, for example, regenerative medicine). A strong focus will also be placed on the most serious current public health issues, launching integrated and multidisciplinary programs to treat obesity and improve the management of age-related conditions.

The agreement also provides for collaborations in the field of research and development, levering on the European and international nature of the Hospital.

UPMC is present in Italy with its subsidiary UPMC Italy since 1997, with the management of IRCCS- ISMETT (Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione), UPMC San Pietro FBF Advanced Radiotherapy Center, and UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme.

The clinical and research facilities of UPMC in Italy and of Salvator Mundi International Hospital will work in synergy to offer patients a wide range of care, innovative treatments, advanced protocols, and customized physical exercise and rehabilitation programs.

Bruno Gridelli, executive vice president of UPMC International, commented the new agreement: “UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is one of the largest and most advanced care and research centers in the U.S. The presence and the role of UPMC at Salvator Mundi International Hospital will allow patients coming to this excellent hospital to access the best oncology care, thanks to the joint efforts of physicians, nurses, and administrative staff in Rome and in Pittsburgh. SMIH will rapidly become on the most important private oncology centers in Rome and in Italy.”

Michele Casciani expressed great satisfaction for this collaboration, which paves the way to the development of a no longer “marginal” private health care, finally with an active role in the international – and also scientific – context. A private health care based on solid clinical safety protocols and state-of-the-art technologies and systems. Mr. Casciani underlined how UPMC is the ideal partner for this program, in consideration of its considerable experience that is not limited to technologies and “clinical excellence” but that extends towards the broadest and more complex aspects of the health industry, such as the integration of clinical facilities with the insurance companies, an area of growing interest in Italy.
The Russo brothers italian american film forum announces 2017 grant finalists

The Russo brothers italian american film forum announces 2017 grant finalists

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are excited to announce the 2017 grant finalists for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. Spearheaded by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the Film Forum is an initiative to fund films depicting and exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations.

“Our selection committee was very impressed with both the choice of subject matter, and the quality of the films submitted by the grant recipients,” said Basil M. Russo, ISDA President.

The three finalists listed below were selected to receive $7,500 each to fund their film projects. The selection committee believes each of them presents a specific vision for the exploration of truly interesting and dynamic themes. All three films will be screened during NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 4 at 1 p.m., and the winning film will be announced during the Gala Awards Dinner on November 4.

The 2017 finalists are:


  • Roberto Angotti, a Film Studies major at Claremont McKenna College, whose documentary film “The Italian American Baseball Family” relates how Italian Americans assimilated into popular culture through America’s favorite pastime.
  • Kirsten Keppel, a videographer of the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society in Washington D.C., whose documentary film explores “The St. Joseph’s Day Table” and its significance in Italian and Italian American culture.
  • Margaret Sclafani, an Anthropology major at Bryn Mawr College/Haverford College, whose documentary film will examine the relevance of street and religious festivals in Italian American communities through the formation and subsequent demolishment of New York City’s Our Lady of Loreto Church.

Congratulations to all! NIAF and ISDA look forward to presenting these screenings during NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, a special three-day event of Italian American pride at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information about the weekend, please visit www.niaf.org/gala.

For more information on The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, please visit www.niaf.org/filmforum.
Roberto Race receives The Watson Society’s Honorary Membership

Roberto Race receives The Watson Society’s Honorary Membership


The Italian communication professional Roberto Race received honorary membership from The Watson Society, an association of friendship between Italy and the United States based in Rome.

"We are honored to include Roberto Race among the members of our Honour Committee. - declares Carmelo Cutuli, President of the Association - Roberto is a young and highly esteemed professional who we know and have been following for several years and who is demonstrating a high level of leadership and professional competence that has grown over time. We are also proud of the success he is achieving abroad ".

Roberto Race is one of the most famous italian corporate strategist and a guru of public relations and communication. Il Corriere della Sera, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, wrote that Race invented the figure of the external relations director “for hire”, working with some of the most dynamic and innovative companies. Race is the founder of The Ghost Team, the first international network of ghostwriters for entrepreneurs, managers, diplomats, military leaders and politicians, made up of more than 40 professional writers around the world. The Ghost Team is a new project launched to support managers and executives who need to write compelling books, articles, speeches or blogs. The Ghost Team is actually the first multilingual ghost-writing agency. It includes more than 40 professionals among journalists, translators and designers living all over the world.

He is also cofounder and secretary-general of the Competere think tank, which focuses on innovation in the economy. Race is an Former Aspen Junior Fellow in the Aspen Institute Italia. He is also a member of RENA, the Italian network for excellence, Ferpi, the Italian network of public relations professionals, and he is on the Board of INWARD (International Observatory for Urban Creativity). He is also one of italian delegate at B20 (The Business 20) the official G20 dialogue with the global business community: the most authoritative setting for facing the challenges of the future.
AmCham Italy XII Transatlantic Award Gala Dinner

AmCham Italy XII Transatlantic Award Gala Dinner


AmCham’s Gala Dinner 2017 will be held Monday evening, December 4, in Milan in the presence of our Honorary Presidents the US Ambassador to Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg and the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio.

AmCham Italy is proud this year to support the activities of the World Food Programme and to warmly welcome its Executive Director, David Beasley.

Following tradition, AmCham Italy will bestow the Transatlantic Awards upon both Italian and American companies that, through their recent operations, have distinguished themselves in the promotion and development of the transatlantic relations between the United States and Italy. The official list of this year’s Honorees will be announced soon.

Enjoy a delicious dinner signed by Chef Davide Oldani, listen to good live music and network with our business community!
A conversation with Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America

A conversation with Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America


Join IACC Midwest, on Wednesday October 18th, for a business talk overviewing the main trends in the American food industry. Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America will analyze the topic and explain how the main actors in the industry are anticipating and tackling new challenges.

Jean-Pierre Comte, President of BARILLA Americas is based in Chicago, IL. In his current role, JP is responsible for the North and South America operations of one of the world's largest Italian food companies.
Jean-Pierre has 25 years global experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry that began at PROCTER & GAMBLE where he held positions in Sales, Trade Marketing, Shopper Marketing, and General Management. Through his increasing responsibilities at P&G he was relocated from his native France to Italy and Switzerland. Jean-Pierre joined Barilla in March 2010, where he was Vice President in charge of Western Europe, before moving to Chicago in September 2013.

He is passionate about the Consumers, Customers and Employees he has the opportunity to serve every day.
Since moving to the United States, Jean-Pierre has been unwavering in his leadership and engagement in promoting of diversity and inclusion. He is an ambassador for activities within BARILLA both locally and worldwide, as well as several Non-Profit arenas. Jean-Pierre is an MBA graduate of NEOMA Business School (France).

The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception along with some food pairings, exclusively prepared by Barilla chefs.

Peppino Di Capri, the italian pop legend to perform at Casa Italia in Stone Park

Peppino Di Capri, the italian pop legend to perform at Casa Italia in Stone Park



One the most popular Italian singers of all time will make a once-in-a-lifetime appearance at Casa Italia in Stone Park, courtesy of Ron Onesti and Onesti Entertainment.

Over the course of a stellar half-century career, Peppino di Capri has released nearly 250 recordings and appeared at the Festival of Sanremo more than any other singer. (See profile below.)

In October, he’ll be embarking on a 50th anniversary tour that will include a stop on Oct. 18 at the Festival Center on the Casa Campus. The show was originally scheduled for the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, but Onesti wanted to bring di Capri closer to his fans.

“Casa Italia is located at the very heart of the Chicago-area Italian American community,” he notes. “There’s plenty of parking and seating, and the Festival Center can be enclosed if the weather turns chilly.”
The setting will be the Casa Festival Center • 37th and Soffel • Stone Park. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., food and beverages will be sold from 6 to 7:30, and the show will start at 7:30. Pat Capriati will emcee and local super group Ricordi will also perform.

General admission is $40 and reserved seating is $75, with a 20 percent discount for groups of 10 or more (reserved seating only).

Tichets can be purchased in person at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park; online at OSHOWS.com; or by phone at 630-962-7000 (Arcada Live), 630-290-8660 (Pat Capriati), or 708-345-5933 (Casa Italia).
1st AmCham Advocacy Conference

1st AmCham Advocacy Conference



The AmCham’s Advocacy Conference first edition was held on Wednesday 20th in Milan. The initiative was focused on the advocacy activities of AmCham Italy and over 140 people, representing institutions, companies, associations and foreign Chambers of Commerce attended the event.

After the welcome remarks of our President Stefano Venturi, the Managing Director Simone Crolla and the Principal Commercial Officer of the US Consulate General in Milan Robert Peaslee, the Presidents of 4 Committees and 8 Working Groups presented their activities with a focus on the goals achieved during the last few months and on their next steps.
Moreover, two more Working Groups, M&A and Productivity, that will be soon officially launched, have been presented at the end of the event.

The initiative stressed the importance of advocacy as an important tool for the relation with institutions and decision makers with the aim to improve competitiveness and the general business climate in Italy and to foster US FDI, considered that, as for the attraction of US FDI, our Country performs less compared to the other main European Countries.
The Origins of Italian Fashion: 1900-1945 $34.95

The Origins of Italian Fashion: 1900-1945 $34.95

This fascinating book explores Italian fashion at the beginning of the 20th century, tracing its growth through two world wars to emerge as a dominant force in global fashion.

When the Lombard tailor Rosa Genoni created the first Italian fashion house, she broke free of the prevailing French style and launched a national industry. Illustrated with archival material from the design houses as well as illustrations from the earliest Italian fashion magazines, the book focuses on the most important designers from the period: Gabriella di Robilant, the Italian “inven­tor” of sportswear; Salvatore Ferragamo and his famous orthopedic shoes; and Elsa Schiaparelli, the first great protagonist of Italian style.

These are the designers who shaped Italian fashion, and their influence continues to be felt today.

click here to buy this book online.

Do You Know Your Italian Roots?

Do You Know Your Italian Roots?


In honor of Italian American Heritage Month, the Sons and Daughters of Italy is holding a contest to win a My Italian Family genealogy research project valued at approximately $2,000. Throughout the entire month of October, individuals who join, renew or gift a Sons and Daughters of Italy national at-large membership (ALM) online will be entered for a chance to win one of two available research projects. The two projects are:

Discover your family history all the way to the late 1700s! The winner of the “5 Generations Back” Research Project will learn his or her ancestors’ names, occupations, where they grew up, and many more amazing historical details. Reconnect to your living relatives! The “Living Relatives” Research Project will research the winner’s Ancestor’s descendants in his or her town of origin in Italy. A great opportunity to discover potential Italian cousins.

Complete research results will be provided in both printed and electronic versions.

The contest will run from 12:00 a.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, 2017. Individuals who join or renew their at-large membership or purchase the gift of ALM for someone else, must do so online through www.OSIA.org to be automatically be entered to win*. The winner will be drawn at random on Nov. 3 and will be contacted by the Sons and Daughters of Italy National Office shortly thereafter.

Here it is the link.
Vice President of the Italian Red Cross enters the Honor Committee of The Watson Society

Vice President of the Italian Red Cross enters the Honor Committee of The Watson Society


The Watson Society recognizes every year people who distinguish for his excellence and who has had a significant positive impact on the Italian-american community.

The award was established in 2014 and since then every awarded person joined The Watson Society Honor Committee becoming an TWS honorary member.

"An honor, and a pleasure, to communicate - said The Watson Society's President Carmelo Cutuli - that this year our Association decided to appoint Vice President of the Italian Red Cross, Rosario Valastro, as a new honorary member of The Watson Society and a notable member of our Honor Committee".

Rosario Valastro is a Lawyer at the Supreme Court, being elected in 2016 as Vice President of the Italian Red Cross (CRI).

Graduated from the Law School of the University of Catania, he holds a Master's Degree in Science of Public Administration at University of Catania and a Second level Master in Law of the European Union and of Migration at University "Tor Vergata" in Rome.

In his career as a notable member of the Italian Red Cross, he have had covered many important roles. He was President of Red Cross Youth National School, Member of "Youth Steering Committee for the organisation of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth Meeting" (IFRC Secretariat), Red Cross representative at Youth National Council and Member of European Coordination Committee.

Don't miss NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala

Don't miss NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala


Join NIAF on the weekend of November 4, 2017, in the nation's capital, for NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend!

NIAF's Anniversary Gala is not just a gala – it's a three-day extravaganza of Italian culture and celebration! Start the weekend off right and join us on Friday night, on November 3, 2017, for NIAF's kickoff event, with stellar Italian American entertainment, open bar, dancing, and entertainment!

On Saturday, during the day, don't miss our Expo Siciliana, the largest Italian American festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.! As part of NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, the Expo will celebrate our 2017 Region of Honor: Sicily, featuring an indoor bocce court, high-end cars on display, live music, singing, dancing, food tastings, and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products. Free and open to the public!

On Saturday evening, you'll wine and dine the night away at NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala, benefitting the Foundation and its educational programs. For more than 40 years, the National Italian American Foundation's Gala has been the premier Italian American event, and this year NIAF is especially excited to celebrate Sicily, and an incredible list of accomplished Italians and Italian Americans.

This event sells out every year, and tickets are on sale now. Be sure to visit www.niaf.org/gala to purchase your tickets, become a Gala sponsor, or to learn more information about our weekend schedule!
The changing world of disinformation, a debate with Kip Knight

The changing world of disinformation, a debate with Kip Knight




Knight is the founder of the U.S. Marketing Communication College (USMCC), a pro bono organization which works with the State Department to train diplomats on marketing strategy and implementation. Kip has worked with the National Security Council and State Department since 2008 in developing CVE strategies and training, including ways to deal with the emergence and growth of “fake news”. The USMCC has trained over 500 diplomats to date. Their work continues both in and outside the U.S., with training sessions planned for Mexico City, Dubai and Singapore during 2017.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Louisiana State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Kip Knight is Senior Vice President, U.S. Franchise, Canada and Australia at H&R Block, Inc. He is responsible for driving service delivery of tax and financial services throughout the company’s 3,500 franchise offices nationwide, and its operations in Canada and Australia. Knight also is responsible for leading the company’s new service offering (Block Advisors) designed to serve small businesses.
Knight previously served as President, U.S. Retail Operations. Prior to that, he was President, International and U.S. Franchise Operations. Before joining H&R Block, Knight’s 35-year career has included senior management and marketing positions in the U.S. and abroad with Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, YUM! Brands and eBay.

He began his career in marketing research at Burke Marketing Research and has worked in 65 countries. He spent 10 years in brand management at Procter & Gamble and worked for 10 years in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division, where he served as General Manager of North Latin America and as the first head of marketing for KFC International. Knight was also Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell.

From 2002 until 2008, Knight worked at eBay, the world’s largest e-commerce site. He was Vice-President of marketing for eBay, North America. He was also responsible for managing eBay Canada, the leading e-commerce site in Canada. He was the first head of International Marketing and served as Regional Vice President for eBay International for Latin America, Australia and Taiwan.
Help victims of hurricane Harvey

Help victims of hurricane Harvey


The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), the largest and longest-established organization representing men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, is encouraging its members and supporters to help the hurricane relief effort by contributing to local organizations helping victims in the areas devastated by the storm.

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, leaving hundred of thousands of people in the area displaced and in need of both immediate and long-term assistance. While the worst of the storm surge had ended by midday Saturday, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy noted that, “sea water pushed onto the shore…won't recede quickly,” meaning "this is going to be a long, ongoing flood event." As of press time, over 2,000 people have been rescued in the area.

This critical situation requires immediate attention; local groups and organizations already located in the affected areas are perhaps best prepared to handle those needs. In response, the Sons and Daughters of Italy encourages volunteerism and/or donations to any group assisting on the ground in the region.

OSDIA National President Vera Girolami urged members to help with relief efforts: “As the very generous Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America have always done in the past to help those in need, please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”

It is possible to give an hand with fundraising clicking here.
Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Glad to receive Columbus Day greetings from OSDIA we'd like to share with our readers.

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ORDER SONS & DAUGHTERS OF ITALY IN AMERICA ACKNOWLEDGES OCTOBER ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH

CELEBRATE YOUR ITALIAN AMERICAN HISTORY, HERITAGE & CULTURE

CELEBRATE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, WORLD NAVIGATOR

Celebrate his accomplishments & contributions, symbolic of the Italians who came to America that helped build this country.

Proudly Celebrate with your family, friends & lodge members.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

With sincerest hopes for a wonderful happy Columbus Day,

Vera Ferrara Girolami & Judge Al Girolami
National President & First Gentleman
The America Award ceremony at Italian Parliament with the Italy-USA Foundation

The America Award ceremony at Italian Parliament with the Italy-USA Foundation


The America Award ceremony, promoted by Italy-USA Foundation, will be held in Rome on October 12, 2017, 17:00, at Italian Parliament, Gruppi Parlamentari Hall.

The jury has awarded Nerio Alessandri, president Technogym, Giovanni Allevi, pianist, composer, Alberto Angela, scientific popularizer, Mario Calabresi, editor in chief La Repubblica, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, former president Ferrari and Fiat, Valeria Fedeli, minister of Education, Veronica Mainetti, president Sorgente Group of America, Gualtiero Marchesi, president Accademia Marchesi, John Phillips, ambassador, founding partner Phillips & Cohen LLP, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary general of NATO.

A special award will be conferred in memory of Gianni Versace, fashion designer. The Italy-USA Foundation, in the frame of the America Award, will also confer three medals of the Italian Parliament to three students of American universities: Kaelyn J. Barron, Katelynn C. Cunningham, Benjamin J. North.

The anchorman will be the journalist Virginie Vassart. The prize is a luxury exclusive work of art by the goldsmith Gerardo Sacco. It is necessary to send an email confirming participation before 12th October.
Sons of Italy Omaha rebuild fund

Sons of Italy Omaha rebuild fund


On the afternoon of 1/13/2017 a fire suddenly erupted at the Sons of Italy Hall located at 1238 S. 10th St in Omaha, Nebraska. This was a two alarm fire which was rapidly brought under control by the Omaha Fire Department. There was extensive internal damage to the structure which is owned by the State Lodge of Nebraska, the State affiliate of the National Order Sons of Italy in America.

It was decided that it would be cost prohibitive to remove the fire damaged building and start over. So the damaged portion will be removed and it will keep the structurally sound part and rebuild.

It was selected a contractor to do the work that began work on April 3rd. They estimate work will be completed by the end of the year. The final product will be a beautiful new Sons of Italy Hall of which both the members and the community will be proud.

Insurance covered much of the building but the interior furnishings were a total loss, mostly due to smoke damage. The kitchen received most of the damage. The hall need tables and chairs for the dinning hall. Stoves, grill, stainless steel tables, freezer, cooler, sinks and all the accessories that make up a kitchen.

It is possible to give an hand with fundraising on gofundme clicking here
John M. Viola Resigns as President and COO of NIAF

John M. Viola Resigns as President and COO of NIAF


The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces the resignation of John M. Viola, president and chief operating officer of NIAF, effective December 31, 2017. The NIAF Board has begun a search for Viola’s successor.

“John Viola’s leadership of NIAF connected the successor generation with its Italian culture, heritage and values,” said NIAF Co-Chair Patricia De Stacy Harrison. “His passion for NIAF’s mission and purpose will continue to shape our vision for the future.”

"John's passion for the Italian American heritage and culture, and his leadership have enhanced and expanded the mission of NIAF,” said NIAF Co-Chair, Gabriel A. Battista.

“I am so humbled to have been able to serve this Foundation that I have loved since the first time I walked into a NIAF gala at age 17,” said John M. Viola. “For my entire life, I have been passionate about Italian American history and culture, so this was always my dream job, and I hope my efforts over the past six years have been worthy of this community I'm so proud to be a part of. Italian American culture has a bright future, and I am looking forward to finding new ways to serve our community for decades to come.”

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of Fordham University, Viola was hired as the foundation’s Chief Operating Officer in February, of 2012, and elected president a year later. He is the first president in the Foundation’s four-decade history elected from its Board of Directors. Viola is also the United States Delegate for the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, one of the oldest Chivalric Orders in the world.

Previously, Viola served on NIAF’s Italian American Youth Activities Committee, worked as a marketing and acquisitions consultant with AllPlayers.com, and co-founded ELITE Learning of Brooklyn, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fundamental reform and improvement of inner-city education. He also co-founded and served as general director of the Pope John Paul II Family Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was director of the Madonna della Neve Foundation.
Forum of Sustainability and Opportunities in the Health Sector, Stazione Leopolda, Florence Italy  29-30 September

Forum of Sustainability and Opportunities in the Health Sector, Stazione Leopolda, Florence Italy 29-30 September


“Futuro”, a two-day conference in Florence, is centered on innovation in the healthcare sector and the main trends in the industry: neuroscience, digital transformation, cybersecurity, future trends, and longevity.

The separate technology and innovation track includes value-based care, data analytics, national digitization of health, and startups. Speakers include David Wood, President of London Futurist; Nicola Dragoni, Computer Engineering at Örebro University, Sweden; and LT Col. Marco Biagini, NATO Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence.

Participation in the Forum and to individual events is free with membership. More information, registration, and agenda are on their website.
MINI-Master in Luxury&Fashion Open Day, Made in Italy Brand Ambassadors Wanted!

MINI-Master in Luxury&Fashion Open Day, Made in Italy Brand Ambassadors Wanted!


This Mini-Master will give you the opportunity to conduct an experimental application of all the key trends in design thinking and brand management to the industries of fashion and luxury, under the supervision of renowned Italian designers, entrepreneurs, stylists and our team of dedicated experts of branding strategies, visual storytelling and viral marketing.

This program is ideal for entrepreneurs, stylists, visual experts and brand strategists that want to gain an in-depth understanding of the critical success factors of the Italian Luxury&Fashion.

Participants can attend the full Mini-Master program or choose a selection of three modules, thus completing a Specialization Program.

Find more on: http://www.baurome.com

OSDIA Elects Vera Girolami as President at 55th Biennial Convention

OSDIA Elects Vera Girolami as President at 55th Biennial Convention


In its 112th year, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America(OSDIA) officers gathered in Sarasota, Florida, to elect the leaders who will forge the future of the oldest and largest national organization for people of Italian heritage. Vera Girolami of California was elected as OSDIA’s 36th National President and sworn in on August 19.

OSDIA’s New National Officers

Joining OSDIA National President Girolami are the following officers:

· Nancy Di Fiore Quinn of New York, National First Vice President
· Robert A. Bianchi, Esq. of New Jersey, National Second Vice President
· Joseph A. Boncore, Esq. of Massachusetts, National Third Vice President
· Michael G. Polo of Connecticut, National Fourth Vice President
· Richard R. Della Croce, Esq., National Fifth Vice President

and

· Michael P. Creedon, Esq., National Orator
· Philip J. Privitera, Esq. of Massachusetts, National Recording Secretary
· Tony Bisceglia Anderson of Northwest, National Financial Secretary
· Thom A. Lupo of New York, National Treasurer
· Carolyn Reres of New York, National Historian
· Rev. R. Adam Forno of New York, National Chaplain

National Past President Joseph J. DiTrapani of New York was appointed to serve a third straight term as President of the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), OSDIA’s philanthropic arm. Established in 1959, the SIF has contributed more than $165 million to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief efforts, cultural projects, veterans’ causes and other special projects.

Kevin A. Caira of Massachusetts was appointed to serve a second straight term as National President of the Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ), OSDIA’s anti-defamation arm. The CSJ fights the stereotyping of Italian Americans. For the past few years, it has focused on preserving Columbus Day.


Convention Highlights

With nearly 135 OSDIA national officers, trustees, state presidents, national delegates, and their guests in attendance, voting members elected Vera Girolami as the second woman OSDIA National President. There to install her as President on this momentous occasion was OSDIA’s first woman National President, Joanne L. Strollo (1993-1995). “It is with great happiness that I relinquish the word ‘only’ to my sister Vera,” Joanne said. “She has the attributes to be President, and she just happened to be a woman.”
This also marks the first time in OSDIA history that women held the two top positions in the organization, which fittingly coincided with the decision to officially change the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) name to Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA). To find out more about this historic moment, be sure to read the article in the Fall 2017 edition of Italian America magazine.
During the convention, leaders and delegates announced they raised $321,439 for OSDIA’s national charities:

Alzheimer’s Association ($107,673)
Cooley’s Anemia Foundation ($142,483)
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism ($71,283)

There was also $65,135 in donations made to:

Central Italy earthquake relief fund ($58,720)
Help Our Military Heroes ($4,315)
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum ($2,100)

These funds were raised by members and their lodges over the past two years, and the additional contribution to the Central Italy earthquake relief fund brought OSDIA’s total donation more than $210,000.
Convention attendees also reviewed the last two years of OSDIA’s activities and set the administrative, philanthropic, and cultural agendas for 2017-2019. One of the significant ongoing developments will include the launching of OSDIA’s new website, which will allow members across the country to connect with each other and explore networking opportunities.

Convention Awards

Three distinguished Italian Americans received honors at the convention for their exemplary contributions to both their Italian-American heritage and their respective communities.
William Zuppa, or “Bill” as he is known to his OSDIA brothers and sisters, received the 2017 Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Award for his commitment to the growth of OSDIA. A Charter member of the Joseph B. Franzalia Lodge #2422 for thirty-nine years, he was the founder of three OSDIA lodges, all located in Northwest Florida—Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835 in Pensacola (2006), William Zuppa Lodge #2845 in Panama City (2008), and Richard A. Capozzola Lodge #2865 in Crestview (2010). Bill served twenty years in the United States Air Force (1953 – 1973), receiving numerous distinctions, including the Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. The Sellaro Award is named after Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro, who founded the Order in 1905.
Joan Bonvicini, one of the winningest coaches in women’s college basketball history, received the 2017 OSDIA National Sports Award. Having become just the 17th coach to reach 700 career wins, Joan coached Long Beach State University (1979 – 1991), University of Arizona (1991 – 2008), and Seattle University (2009 – 2016). She led Long Beach State to back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances, as well as ten NCAA tournament appearances, nine Sweet Sixteen appearances, and six Elite Eight appearances. In 1981, she was named the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year, and in 1996, she led Arizona to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship title.
Senator Maria Lorts Sachs received the convention’s highest honor, the 2017 Guglielmo Marconi Award, named for the great Italian physicist responsible for wireless telegraphy. Maria was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and served two terms until she was elected to the Florida Senate in 2010. As a member of the house, she helped pass legislation that allows the Italian language to be a part of Florida’s high school curriculum. As a member of the senate, she helped pass legislation that recognizes the month of October as Italian and Italian American Heritage Month in Florida.
Last chance to RSVP to IACC's Chicago Gala Dinner. Event is almost sold out

Last chance to RSVP to IACC's Chicago Gala Dinner. Event is almost sold out



The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest
invites you to attend its

GALA & AWARDS DINNER
Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:00pm

Venue One
1655 West Walnut St, Chicago, IL 60612
Entrance at Paulina St. & Walnut St.

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARDS
JOE AHERN
CEO, 100 Club of Chicago
Former President and General Manager, ABC7 & CBS2

JERRY ONG
Executive Vice President
Jupiter Realty

BENNY SIDDU
Owner
Volare Restaurant

BEST CORPORATE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
BARILLA AMERICA INC.
CNH INDUSTRIAL

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

For information please contact
gala@iacc-chicago.com or 312-553-9137 Ext.105
The 2017 America Award at Italian Parliament with the Italy-USA Foundation

The 2017 America Award at Italian Parliament with the Italy-USA Foundation


The Italy-USA Foundation promotes at the Italian Parliament the America Award; it is a prestigious recognition of great civil and institutional work.

The award is mainly seen as a means to acknowledge and encourage initiatives and work aimed at favoring relationships between Italy and the United States of America. Clearly famous, eminent figures that have distinguished themselves in their work and have achieved the utmost excellence in their respective fields of interest and activities, and important results in favor of transatlantic friendship, will be considered. Last years the jury has awarded among the others Andrea Bocelli, Paul Bremer, Carla Fendi, Gianni Letta, Oscar Farinetti, Emilio Carelli, Franco Frattini, Alessandro Benetton, Mario Andretti, Enrico Vanzina, Dario Franceschini, Gianni Riotta, Edward Luttwak, Alan Friedman, Carlo Rossella, Luisa Todini, Mario Moretti Polegato, Uto Ughi, Laura Biagiotti, Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, Peter Secchia, Margherita Missoni, Emma Bonino, Lucia Annunziata, Massimo Ferragamo, Christian De Sica, Ennio Morricone, Walter Veltroni, Umberto Veronesi, Renzo Arbore, Renato Balestra, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Alain Elkann, Paolo Limiti, Tony Renis, Paolo Mieli, Monica Maggion, Beatrice Trussardii.

The next edition of the prize will be held in Rome, at the Chamber of Deputies, on October 12, 2017. The prize is an exclusive work of art by the goldsmith Gerardo Sacco.

It’s possible to submit nominations for the awards, including a short motivation, by sending an email before June 30, 2017. Unsigned nominations or nickname signatures will not be taken into consideration.
AmCham Italy at the Meeting di Rimini 2017

AmCham Italy at the Meeting di Rimini 2017

The AmCham Managing Director Simone Crolla will be one of the speaker at the initiative “L’economia circolare per la casa comune” on the occasion of the next edition of the Meeting di Rimini, that will be held from August 20th to August 26th at Fiera di Rimini.

The meeting “L’economia circolare per la casa comune” will take place on Monday August 21st, at Sala Poste Italiane A4 at 3:00pm. The other speakers will be Walter Facciotto, General Manager CONAI (Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi); Alberto Frausin, Ceo Carlsberg; Aldo Patruno, General Manager of Dipartimento Turismo, Economia della Cultura e Valorizzazione del Territorio of Puglia Region; Nicola Semeraro, President Consorzio Rilegno (Consorzio Nazionale per la raccolta il recupero e il riciclaggio degli imballaggi di legno), Emanuele Bompan, Journalist LifeGate and author of “Cos’è l’economia circolare” (Edizioni Ambiente).
Gaetano Armao signed a Manifesto for the social and economic wealth of Sicilian people

Gaetano Armao signed a Manifesto for the social and economic wealth of Sicilian people


Gartano Armao, author of the book that speaks about the future of Sicily from an autonomist point of view entitled 'Redimibile Sicilia. L’Autonomia dissipata e le opportunità della insularità’ is launching a new social platform called 'Siciliani Indignati' now available  at www.sicilianindignati.eu

Armao, who has recently presented the platform to President Silvio Berlusconi who appreciated a lot the project, wrote a Manifesto aiming to lead Sicilian people to rise against the bad politics that have characterized  the 5 years of Mr. Crocetta's administration and towards the development of social and economic wealth they deserve.

Gaetano Armao graduated with honors from University of Palermo in 1985, specializes with honors on financial intermediation jurisprudence at the University of Ferrara in 1988, attended the european community and internal public law doctorate at the University of Palermo. Assistant Professor of administrative law at the Political Science faculty of University of Palermo in 1992 and visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of London in 1993.From 1996 he teaches administrative law and public accounting at the University of Palermo and economics public law at the University Mercatorum. He is a fellow member of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Court of Cassation attorney with offices in Palermo and Rome, has been and expert consultant for the European Council and consultant for national and regional governments end for the Parliamentary Antimafia Commission.
Startuphome USA, Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in a Co-living Environment

Startuphome USA, Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in a Co-living Environment


After the success of Startup Home London, in UK, the team led by Stefano Tresca, Global President, and Simone Tarantino, US Executive Director is now finally working towards opening in US!

Startup Home™ has taken all the unique social elements of a coffee shop and the creative, practical elements of a co-working space and combined them to functionally operate under one affordable co-living residential space that attracts entrepreneurs and start-ups alike.

The objective is creating local Startup ecosystems to inspire professionals to focus on the advantage of organizing, maintaining and scaling their operation while Startup Home provides all the necessary tools, mentoring and community driven elements to make personal and professional life a success.

Thanks to local and institutional sponsors, Startup Home will be able to subsidize rent and living expenses for some of the resident Startups!

Over the past 3 years Startuphome worked with some amazing Startups, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and created amazing opportunities in UK, now looking to do the same in US.
Treviso Hospital, €1.8m impact fund established through infrastructure investment

Treviso Hospital, €1.8m impact fund established through infrastructure investment


The project for the renewal of Treviso Hospital receives confirmation of a €29 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The loan will support the design, construction and operation of the new hospital, and allows the developer, Lendlease, to optimise the project financing in order to generate €1.8m in savings.

100% of these savings are committed to capitalise a new impact fund to invest in innovative solutions for research and health with greater benefits for the community. Ospedal Grando has been a unique opportunity to test the principles of impact investing in a large-scale infrastructure project.

PlusValue assisted Lendlease in the conception, design and implementation of the impact investing strategy.

Infrastructural projects are engines for growth and innovation. Everybody knows it as positive externalities, but with the new hospital in Treviso positive impact has been embedded in business model -- making it a win-win for all parties involved.

This project also proves that impact investing can be mainstream, involving institutional investors and big industrial players. This is a step towards a renewal of capitalism and we don’t want to stop here.
NIAF Congratulates Lewis M. Eisenberg on His Confirmation as Ambassador to the Italian Republic

NIAF Congratulates Lewis M. Eisenberg on His Confirmation as Ambassador to the Italian Republic


The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) congratulates Lewis M. Eisenberg on his confirmation to be ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States to the Italian Republic.

“On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation, we want to extend our congratulations to Lewis Eisenberg, confirmed by President Trump to serve as ambassador to the Italian Republic,” said NIAF Co-Chair Patricia De Stacy Harrison. “The recipient of many deserved awards and honors, including Man of the Year by the National Conference for Community and Justice in New Jersey for his work on behalf of community and justice, ‘Lew’ Eisenberg will bring his renowned leadership qualities to this important post to ensure that the strong relationship between America and Italy will continue to grow.”

“NIAF, the nation’s premier Italian American foundation, comprising men and women leaders of Italian American heritage, looks forward to working with Ambassador Eisenberg here and in Italy,” said NIAF Co-Chair, Gabriel A. Battista.

“We are honored to work with Ambassador Eisenberg in NIAF’s continued efforts to encourage relations between the United States and Italy,” said John M. Viola, NIAF president and chief operating officer. “In the past, NIAF has worked collaboratively with government and civil society to provide support and monetary relief funds during moments of natural disasters, such as the devastating 2009 earthquake in Italy’s Abruzzo region, after which NIAF raised 2 million dollars and helped rebuild the region’s educational facilities. Recently, NIAF raised 7 million dollars following the 2016 earthquakes that inflicted incredible hardships on the people of central Italy. We look forward to working with Ambassador Eisenberg and the Embassy of Italy to support the rebuilding efforts of this region, and to continue the tradition of enthusiastic partnership that NIAF has always enjoyed at the Villa Taverna as we fulfill our mission to serve as a bridge between Italy and the United States.”

“We eagerly anticipate working with Ambassador Eisenberg through NIAF’s long-standing efforts to partner with business and political leaders in order to strengthen cultural and economic ties between Italy and the United States,” said NIAF Vice Chairs, Anita Bevacqua McBride and John F. Calvelli. “We are honored to partner with the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission in NIAF’s educational endeavors in order to support the robust Fulbright program in Italy; and the Fondazione Falcone in Palermo, Sicily to create the Fulbright Commission’s only program that provides opportunities for both American and Italian students to carry out studies in criminology and the rule of law. We look forward to continuing to work with Ambassador Eisenberg and the Embassy of Italy to continue NIAF’s cultural and educational mission.”

Eisenberg is a successful financier, investor and philanthropist. Originally from Chicago, he earned his Bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and his M.B.A at Cornell Johnson School of Business. As the co-founder and managing partner of Ironhill Investments in New York, he has a great deal of experience in engaging with State and local governments on complicated issues.

Eisenberg served as the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for six years and was named a founding board member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. With this corporation, he chaired its 9/11 Victims’ Families and Transportation Advisory Councils. He is an Emeritus Member of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council as well as a Life Member of the Cornell University Council.
Chicago hosts the second solo art Exhibition of Mauro Galli

Chicago hosts the second solo art Exhibition of Mauro Galli


Mauro Galli's solo exhibition "When I Was Somebody Else" is an exhibit that brings its viewers to confront their own inaction regarding issues like poverty, oppression, and racism with regards to the African Continent, specifically Ghana, and many Native American groups (Hopi, Sioux, Lakota).

The artist's hope is that by viewing what these people were in the past and whathappened to them because of racism, imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism, viewers will be spurred into action. He wants the viewers to examine what they are doing today to contribute to these situations and what they can do to relieve them.

The art exhibition will be accessible to the public from 9am to 5pm starting from August 10th to August 19th.

For more information please contact the organizer at info@italianexpo.us
The NIAF 2017 Photo Contest

The NIAF 2017 Photo Contest


NIAF borrowed the title of that great song made famous by the one-and-only Dean Martin as this year’s photo theme. But, despite the lyrics, don’t think submissions must be exclusively romantic photos. They can also reflect love and passion for all things Italian, from a lovely cappuccino to a shimmering view of a Calabria beach, from a perfect pizzaiolo to an exquisite glass of Barolo. However, photos with a human element earn more points than without.

Terms of application:

You may submit one image only. Photos must be one that you have taken yourself or that belongs to you personally.
Technical quality, composition and clarity are important, but judges will also look for images that best express this year’s theme.
Following all the rules about photo resolution and photo size is essential.

All submissions must be sent via email as high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) jpegs to photocontest@niaf.org no later than October 10 at 12 noon EST.

Photos that are not both high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and large dimension (12” by 8” is great but larger is better) will be disqualified.

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Prof. Enzo Siviero on Mediterranean Bridging: TUNeIT and GRALBeIT The Connective Mobility Concept and Mission

Prof. Enzo Siviero on Mediterranean Bridging: TUNeIT and GRALBeIT The Connective Mobility Concept and Mission


Connectivity and Mobility are two major factors for the development and welfare of geo-areas, countries and communities in the world, as well as the “missing links” are often strongly responsible for the underdevelopment, isolation and persistent inequalities among the concerned geo-areas. A glance to the specific thematic connectographies will offer a surprisingly clear picture of the above assumptions.

Whereas a deep insight to the geo-distribution of the HDI (the United Nations Index of the Human Development and welfare) along the years does suggest effective geopolitical interpretations and proposals to overtake these unacceptable conditions.

The mission is to transform the “missing links” in “fixed links”. In particular if we pay attention to the geo-areas and countries around the “Mediterranean” along their history we can discover very easily the reasons of the nowadays reality:


  • A persistent stratified distribution of the “HDI” systematically decreasing along the geo-latitude;
  • A mere role of transit for the “Mediterranean Basin” along the transoceanic routes of the maritime trade where the European center of gravity is in the Northern range of the North Sea, whereas the Euro-Mediterranean countries play the role of a mere land market;
  • The most impressive phenomenon of boat-people migration of all time.


A look to the other similar geo-areas in the world, like the Extreme East, China-Korea-Japan does confirm the answer: connective mobility for the generalized development of the all geo-areas.

The answer for the wide Mediterranean geo-areas is the integration of Africa and Europe by an appropriate system of connective-mobility: “TUNeIT & GRALBeIT” is an important component of that system.

TUNeIT is an acronym of Tunisia and Italy the fixed link between Cape Bon and Mazara del Vallo is foreseen part in tunnel and part as bridge with 3 to 4 intermediate artificial islands, the total length is around 140 km composed by railway and road.

GRALBeIT is an acronym of Greece-Albania and Italy fixed link between Valona and Otranto foreseen as a bridge, the total length is around 80 km with a couple of artificial intermediate islands. It has the same cross section as TUNeIT.
The countries involved are, beside Tunisia and Italy also Nigeria (for the infrastructures in Africa), Albania and Greece (for the connection with the so-called Silk Road and Asia).

Connecting the Mediterranean countries by intelligent "fixed links" is a necessary mission for the Mediterranean Engineers.
To create the “Mediterranean connective-mobility network" is a must so that the AfroMed-countries can quickly develop in a suitable way overtaking the inequalities among and within the countries.