We The Italians | What's up with WTI: Editorial # 141

What's up with WTI: Editorial # 141

Ciao from Rome, welcome to another wonderful issue of our magazine. On the cover of this issue we celebrate the fantastic victory of the Italian national soccer team at the recently concluded European Championships. All of Italy was filled with joy, and it was wonderful to see so many Italians happy again after so many difficult months.

Dear friends, in July we reached the quota of 60,000 contents within our site wetheitalians.com It's a lot, 60,000 contents, and we celebrate them with you thanking all those who over the years have contributed to get here. But it's only the beginning.

In this period We the Italians is working under the radar on a new strategy, which we hope you will soon begin to see the first results. In the meantime, I'm particularly happy to announce a partnership with the newly formed Italian American Sport Foundation (IASF). Together with Alessandro Pinto, founder of IASF, We the Italians will engage in the promotion of Italian sports in the United States: a sector of Italian society that is very little known today. We will start with Giusy Versace. In fact, the first appointment will be in New York, on November 4th , with the gala of the Italian American Sport Foundation. The mission of the event is to honor the life and successes of Giusy Versace, President of the Foundation “Disabili No Limits Onlus.” The evening will retrace the incredible and motivational personal, professional and, above all, the sportsmanship of Giusy Versace. Please, consider helping this very important cause, here.

The We the Italians family continues to grow, and this makes me very happy indeed. With the 5 new members of our team, we now have Ambassadors in 30 American states and 12 Italian regions, and the family will continue to grow.

Stephen Russo is our Ambassador in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. Stephen is a Tax Auditor for the State of Rhode Island. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Baruch College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rhode Island College. He is the Treasurer for the Pannese Society. The Pannese Society was established in 1909 and is the society for the people and families from Panni, Foggia. Stephen has dual American/Italian citizenship going through the town of Termini Imerese in the province of Palermo, Sicily. Stephen lives in Cranston, RI with his wife and three daughters.

Antonella Brancaccio-Balzano is our Ambassador in Florida, the Sunshine State. Antonella is the founder of the law firm Brancaccio & Associates. She was born and raised in Naples, Italy, where she graduated with a Juris Doctor magna cum laude. She then obtained her Masters in International and Comparative Law at the University of Miami School of Law. She serves on the board of the directors of the National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), and on the board of the directors of Il Circolo, the Italian cultural society based in South Florida. She is the Correspondent for the Italian Consulate in Miami.

Lisa De Natale is our Ambassador in Vermont, the Green Mountain State. Lisa is a 1980 graduate of Boston College where she earned a BS in Marketing. She had a thirty-year career in Marketing and Brand Development. Growing up in suburban Boston Lisa was surrounded by a large extended Italian family. She and her family moved to Burlington, Vermont in 2000. In 2011 she became the President &CEO of Special Olympics Vermont where she remained until her retirement in2018. Lisa became the Marketing Chair of the Vermont Italian Cultural Association in July, 2020 and in June, 2021 was elected its President.

Giorgio Antongirolami is our Ambassador in Kansas, the Sunflower State. Giorgio lives in Kansas City with his wife Josie, their son Luca and their daughter Antonella. After receiving his undergraduate and master's degrees in business from Rockhurst University, he has served a key role on the Rockhurst coaching staff since2000. Giorgio has founded with 3 other partners in 2013 College Life Italia, a sport-education based company that has helped more than 1000 Italian Students to obtain Scholarships in the USA.

Moving from the US to Italy, Irene Marcuzzi is our Ambassador in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Born in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Irene worked in Italy, the USA, and The Netherlands. She is the president and founder of the Fogolar Furlan in the Midwest. She holds a bachelor in European studies, a master’s in international business and development, and a master’s in economics and coffee science. Currently, Irene is a PhD student is management and information engineering. She has experience in sales, logistics, trading, education, intellectual property, value chain development, sustainability, and consultancy with various multinational companies as well as with local realities, donors, NGOs, Foundations, and Universities. 

Please keep following We the ItaliaNews, the video and audio podcast about what happens in Italy at the time of the coronavirus. It has now become a real news program on Italy in English, each episode of which is seen by more than 1,500 of you. We have reached 240 videos. It's a big effort, but we care about it and it's part of the service we give to all of you, everything for free.

Also, please remember that the 2020 Yearbook of We the Italians is available. It contains 23 interesting interviews – both in English and in Italian - that touch on many topics regarding Italy and the United States: trust me, you won't be disappointed. You can buy it here: please, buy the book! For you, as a gift for friends and family. Please check a preview here. Thanks

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Well my friends, once again it’s all for now. Please stay safe, please stay healthy. I won’t gonna stop saying this: the future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades! But please, protect yourselves and wear the mask, too. Ciao from Rome