Dear BAIA community,
I am excited to serve as the new Executive Director for BAIA - it is both an honor and a challenge for me.
When I moved to the Bay area 15 years ago, BAIA did not exist. Even back then, I felt the need for some type of professional networking among Italian expats. BAIA filled that void by offering high-caliber events open to the entire Italian-American community. I remember attending one of the first events, eager to meet other Italian professionals who I didn't yet know, but who I was sure I shared some common background with. It is a real privilege for me to be able to shape, at least in part, the agenda of an organization I know has proven to be extremely helpful to many of us.
So why is it a challenge? Because BAIA has already done a spectacular job in creating a place where we can all exchange information and knowledge, and it’s going to be hard to live up to the past successes. In fact, I would like to thank Matteo Fabiano for his outstanding leadership over the past couple of years: BAIA has grown a lot under his watch and we are all very grateful to Matteo for transforming it into a more professional organization.
At this point, I have two simple priorities:
- Continuing to host great events that bring the community together. Content-based events will be a priority for us. If you have any ideas or suggestion please, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Focusing on member benefits. Delivering clear value to our individual and corporate member is also going to be of paramount importance. You can expect more members-only privileges (e.g., access to proprietary databases) that will make your decision about joining BAIA a very straightforward decision!
I am fully convinced that the strength of an organization like BAIA lies in its members and in their involvement. What I always liked most about BAIA is that it’s an open organization, an organization that welcomes the contribution of all its members.
My vision for BAIA is that of an ever-growing yet tightly-knit community that leverages the “ethnic network” for business advantage. Let’s face it: the Bay Area is built on ethnic networks of expats who help each other professionally – and we can do the same. As the Italian American professional base in the Bay Area is growing, so is BAIA. Along with growth comes opportunity – let’s take this growth as an opportunity.