Saturday5Mar 2016

Culture and Business: An Italian Perspective

PRESENTED BY Chapman University Italian Studies Council

Saturday, March 5, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2016-03-05 09:30 2016-03-05 14:00 America/Los_Angeles Culture and Business: An Italian Perspective BK 404 Beckman Hall 404 - George Bush Conference Center Federico Pacchioni

Free to attend

RSVP preferred (see link below)

BK 404

Beckman Hall 404 - George Bush Conference Center

General Public

Everyone is welcome to attend


StruppaMost people, when thinking of Italy, conjure memories of Imperial Rome, Renaissance Florence, and of course the Sea Republic of Venice. But Italy is also a vibrant modern country, whose millenary culture serves as propulsion for a new Renaissance, guided by the awareness of its history, and the richness of its cultural resources. I am happy, as Chancellor of Chapman University, to welcome you to this intriguing event, where you will see a face of Italy that you may not be aware of.
– Dr. Daniele Struppa


Become Part of Italy’s New Renaissance!

  • Learn about sustainable business models that draw from and revitalize Italy’s cultural resources.
  • Explore how you can apply your studies in Italian in various areas of entrepreneurship.
  • Discover how you can become an ambassador in bridging Italy and US.
  • Expand your professional network and meet innovative business leaders.
  • Connect with mentors and support structures in Southern California and Italy.

This symposium brings together innovative business leaders who are working at the crossroad of Italy and America to share stories and engage with new challenges and ideas. Join us for a series of presentations with distinguished speakers representing film, architecture, design, agriculture, and other industries from California and Italy.



Florindo Blandolino – Keynote
Italian Trade Agency

Joseph Baird 
Principal, Investor & Entrepreneur
 Northwood Advisors

Victor Laruccia 
Executive Director 
San Diego Italian Film Festival

Ilaria Mazzoleni 
IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles

Timothy O’Connell 
CEO, Investor & Entrepreneur 
H-FARM Ventures

Jari Ognibeni 
Co-founder & CEO

Emanuela Panebianco 
Executive Director
 Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West





Registration and continental breakfast



A welcome by Dr. Daniele Struppa, Chapman University Chancellor

Opening remarks by Dr. Federico Pacchioni, Musco Chair in Italian Studies



Florindo Blandolino - Keynote



Panel: Timothy O’Connel, Jari Ognibeni, Ilaria Mazzoleni, Victor Laruccia

Moderator: Joseph Baird






An invitation to join the networking reception by Emanuela Panebianco



Networking reception and refreshments



Alisped (transportation)

American Tooth Industries (pharmaceutical)

Axo America Inc (sport wear)

Bank fo the West (financial institution)

Boffi Los Angeles (furnishing)

CIJ Media (entertainment)

Zerouno (sport)

Il Fornaio (food)

Jason & DiMartino International Law (legal)

Tramo Group (transportation)

Travel by Design (tourism)

Urbani Truffles (food)

Veneto Hills Inc. (food)


The Italian Studies Council is a philanthropic group whose goal is to bridge higher learning in Italian Studies with the possibilities and needs of the community locally and abroad. The Council aims to support Italian Studies at Chapman and raise students’ awareness regarding the potential applications of their studies in various areas of cultural, artistic, and business entrepreneurship.

In collaboration with:

The Musco Chair in Italian Studies



Parking is available in all campus parking structures for this event. A valid permit is required at all times and can be purchased on site with exact change or a credit card. Please be aware parking without a permit or on city streets is restricted and may result in a parking citation. 



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