Recap – Italian Women Trailblazers: Wine Tasting + Networking for Young Professionals

Recap – Italian Women Trailblazers: Wine Tasting + Networking for Young Professionals


NOIAW’s Young Professionals network kicked 2015 with a bang at a fantastic wine tasting event on Thursday, April 16 at the beautiful Azure NYC.

The event, which sold out quickly, was packed with an impressive group of talented young Italian American women, who were joined by several of NOIAW’s National Board Members and some long-time members.

The event began with the guests filling out cards answering the question, “What does your Italian heritage mean to you today?”

The answers were eye-opening. It’s clear that although many of today’s Italian American women weren’t born in Italy (although some of our guests at this event were!), their heritage influences their lives in a significant way. One guest wrote, “It means: family, hard work, humility, pool time, cooking, and of course food, wine, music, arts, opera, music, and la dolce vita.” Another wrote, “It is the foundation of who I am. This foundation gives me the courage, imagination and drive to follow my own path. I love my Italian roots!”

Co-founder of the Young Professionals Council, Victoria Passarella, started the event with a few remarks. When she and council co-founder Jennie Enright were in college together, Victoria led a group focused on women’s empowerment, and Jennie led a group focused on Italian culture. They combined their passions and skill sets to form our Greater New York Region Young Professionals Council, with two simple goals: two preserve Italian culture and empower Italian American women. This council has created a community for Italian American young professional women in the New York metro area by networking and socializing during cultural, educational, and professional events.

Following Victoria, NOIAW’s National Chair, Pat Martone, took the floor to speak about NOIAW’s history and its future. She gave an overview of our educational programming, including mentoring, a cultural exchange, scholarships, and frequent cultural events. She presented some of our impressive and successful distinguished Board members, including culinary maven Lidia Bastianich and politician (and mother of 9!) Connie Morella. She also encouraged the group to join NOIAW in order to access all of our member benefits, including the mentoring program, member discounts at our events, and discounts at local vendors.
Next, the Wine Girl, Deb McCole, presented the four wines we’d be sampling — all made by trailblazing Italian women winemakers! As guests sampled each wine, the energy in the room was contagious. New ideas were hatched and plans were formed to meet up again.
Thanks so much to all who attended this event! If you’d like to join us at our next Young Professionals event, click here to register for our guided tour of the Medardo Rosso exhibit at the Center for Italian Modern Art, followed by networking and aperitivo.
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