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"The Difference Italy Makes" Begins Oct. 1

Italian business leaders from around the U.S. to visit Villanova this semester

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will introduce a conference series focusing on the impact that Italian business and commerce has on the world stage. The series of lectures aims at presenting success stories related to the Italian industry and trade, and at investigating the cultural model of business of “made in Italy” in academic debate. “The Difference Italy Makes” runs through December 2015.

Invited Italian business leaders and entrepreneurs from the fields of fashion, food, pharmaceuticals and finance will touch upon the difference Italy makes in the global market, the contribution the Italian model offers the business community and what culture Italian products generate.

The following is the series schedule:

  • October 1, 2015 (5 p.m.; Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library)
    “A Century of Pasta. De Cecco and the Italian Culture of Food”
    Marco de Ceglie, CEO, Pasta De Cecco USA

  • October 20, 2015 (4:30 p.m.; Nydick Family Commons, Bartley Hall)
    “Tradition, Elegance, and Craftsmanship. The Timeless Luxury Moden of Bottega Veneta”
    Carlo Alberto Beretta, CEO, Bottega Veneta

  • November 10, 2015 (5 p.m.; Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library)
    “Between Science and Management. An Italian in the Global Pharmaceutical Industry”
    Ferdinando Aspesi, vice president-senior advisor, Group Quality Novartis

  • December 1, 2015 (6 p.m; Driscoll Auditorium)
    “Italy and the European Crisis. A financial overview”
    Enrico Dallavecchia, senior managing director, Headwaters SC
    Arrigo Sadun, president, TLSG-International; former executive director, International Monetary Fund

The series is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova School of Business, the ICE Institute, the Idea Accelerator, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.