Credere nei Sogni: Realize Your Dreams Panel @ Cipriani Wall St. (NYC) on May 17, 2016, 6:00PM

Credere nei Sogni: Realize Your Dreams Panel @ Cipriani Wall St. (NYC) on May 17, 2016, 6:00PM


May 17, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Members $30, Non-members $40

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Join NOIAW’s Young Professionals network for a dynamic conversation with four Italian American women who have turned their dreams into reality through creative entrepreneurship! If you’re yearning to truly live your passion (and make money while doing it!), then you won’t want to miss this inspiring event. Our panelists, enterprising Italian American women, will share their insights, motivations, and tips with you in an engaging, informal question and answer format.

The event begins promptly at 6:00 PM with a welcome Bellini (included in your ticket price!) After an hour-long conversation guided by our moderator, including time for audience Q&A, we’ll enjoy a cash bar and networking while noshing on complimentary snacks provided by Asaro Organic Farms. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample artisanal Mo Il Gelato in our signature drink the Mo Sogni!

This event will sell out, so buy your ticket now! Each ticket purchase enters you in a raffle drawing for a fantastic door prize package! Ticket sales end May 6, 2016.


Mickela Mallozzi overlooking Minturno ITALY - photo by Benedetto DiGirolamoMickela Mallozzi is the Emmy® Award-winning host and producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series airing on PBS.  From re-discovering her family’s roots in Southern Italy to dancing tango in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, USA TODAY, and American Express.  Mickela now offers Bare Feet® Dance Tours, dance-focused itineraries based on the TV series, for travelers to join her in various destinations around the globe.  She is also the Director of the Women’s Travel Fest, an annual conference whose mission is to inspire, empower, educate, and connect women through travel.  Follow Mickela at @TravelBareFeet or go to for more information.


Nikki Padilla is a fourth generation Sicilian-New Yorker with a passion for creating local travel experiences.  Working as a freelancer across a variety of mediums, Nikki is constantly finding new ways to progress in her travel career (and to support her own travel ambitions). She currently works creating media content for NYC Urban Adventures and Dutch publication NWYRK Media, gives tours of the city (focusing on immigrant history, culture & food) as an award-winning NYC Tour Guide and creates trip experiences for Bare Feet Tours® (based on the Emmy® Award-winning series Bare Feet®).  Prior, she spent five years with an operator that providing luxury Italian food & wine excursions.

Joan Pelzer photo 2015Joan Pelzer
is a third generation Sicilian-New Yorker (well she is also German and Irish on her Dad’s side, but we won’t talk about that)! Joan is an entrepreneur and connector, and helps create relationships not just connections as CEO & President of Joan Pelzer Social. As a social media expert and online engagement strategist, Joan works with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses, to an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn to a UN-based NGO. Joan is also President of the NYC Chapter of Femfessionals – an innovative business community for women. Joan co-hosts a weekly radio show, 21st Century Entrepreneur Radio on Talking Alternative Broadcasting. Joan holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer – Russia (yup she speaks Russian but her Grandma wouldn’t let her learn Italian – ask her why!).

PIXIE(10of10)For Sicilian-American Cassandra Santoro, a love of Italy started early. She moved to Florence after her father’s untimely passing from cancer and there found the true meaning of la dolce vita. Since living and working abroad, she has led countless tours, obtained dual-citizenship and started Travel Italian Style in order to share the joys of the Italian good life with others. As a personal trip planner and luxury small group tour operator, Cassandra is known for creating authentic and enriching vacations for those passionate about their Italian heritage, dreaming of experiencing Italy like a local, or for women looking to find themselves through travel. Cassandra currently lives between New York City and Florence, Italy and is working on her first book about her Italian travels.


AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQRAAAAJGI1MjQ1OGQyLTVhZDYtNGZmMC1iNzdmLTllNjg4MGI0MmU4ZgAmy Peloso is a Certified Life Coach and Chief Visionary and Client Advisor at The Queen Bee NYC. She’s on a mission to connect people with their purpose and give them the clarity, confidence and courage to fulfill it. She acts as a sounding board, supporter and steady guide for those looking to manage change and transformation in their careers and lives.




  • Chiara D'Agostino
    Posted at 09:56h, 19 April

    This event looks amazing!!! I’m so happy to find a group in which to share my celebration of my Italian American heritage!

    • Cassandra Santoro
      Posted at 00:56h, 05 May

      Hope to meet you there Chiara! NOIAW is a wonderful group– you will love it!