New Member Monday: February 2018 Edition

New Member Monday: February 2018 Edition

Mia Acciardo is a local Rhode Islander from a large Italian family. She attended Roanoke College in Virginia for her undergraduate studies and Johnson and Wales University in Providence where she received a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She is currently attending Rhode Island College to advance her certification to address English Language Learners. Mia is a high school special education teacher for Cranston Public Schools where she has been working for the past 10 years. Newly married, she is excited to explore Italian culture, food and history when she travels to Italy for the first time in July for her honeymoon.

Donna Leanos (DC), Donna is a realtor with the Fleisher Group/TTR Sotheby’s International with over 28 years of experience in management, marketing and sales of both commercial and residential real estate. Donna brings a global perspective to all of her transactions through her ability to fairly communicate and negotiate all sides of every deal. After earning her degree in International Business, Donna lived in Florence, Italy for two years perfecting her conversational Italian and studying Renaissance Art History. In 2015, she earned her Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies/World Affairs from Georgetown University. She is a foodie and lover of the Arts. Connect with Donna at the Fleisher GroupLinkedIn, and Facebook.

Cara McDonough (CT) has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing news, features and essays for a variety of publications including The Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, HuffPost, Salon and many others, as well as has experience writing a marketing materials for non-profits and businesses. Cara loves celebrating her Italian-American background and is excited to connect with NOIAW members. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and three children. You can read more of her work on her website, and connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@caramcd).  

 Taylor Taglianetti (GNY), a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a sophomore at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is majoring in film and specializing in producing. Taylor is seeking internship opportunities in the film industry and wants to create a network for Italian-Americans who are interested in the entertainment business. In high school, Taylor made an award-winning documentary, “Generation Hollow”, on the subject of computers challenging humans in the arts. You can view her film here and also connect with her on LinkedIn.

Want to be featured in our March post? Why not become a member of NOIAW today? You’ll get access to great benefits including discounted admission to our cultural events, special members-only opportunities, our LinkedIn networking group, mentoring program, and more. Plus, your membership dues support our fantastic scholarship and cultural exchange programs for Italian American women. Click here to learn more!

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