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June 2016

Monthly Newsletter of the Professional Women’s Association of Rome

Michela Lazzè The Connector


PWA is an international hub in the heart of Rome where ideas and values, tradition and innovation, diversity, culture and professionalism meet and intersect. On our journey into the future our travel companions are respect, ethics, and a sense of social responsibility.

Recharging our batteries Even the Cambridge Dictionary knows what recharging your batteries means: to rest and relax for a period of time so that you feel energetic again. Naturally each of us may interpret that differently, but to me it means turning off all electronic appliances and spending time in nature, reading good old printed books and enjoying physical time – not Facetime – with family and friends. However, this is easier said than done – especially in an era where we are expected to respond to phone calls at all hours of the day, type answers to Whatsapp messages within a few minutes and control our *several* email accounts constantly. For us entrepreneurs, an out-of-office message is really not an option. If I don't respond quickly, my clients will most likely turn to another provider. And what about my company's Facebook page and Pinterest feed? If I don't produce interesting and engaging content, my followers will disappear. The truth is, at least a few times a year, we do need to unplug our antennas, get away from the routines and erase the hard-disks of our brains. Only by doing so, can we fully recharge our batteries and feel energized again. This issue of The People We Are is packed with marvellous suggestions on how to spend our summer holidays: from archeology to sports, from music to food, there is something for everyone. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to rest and relax and prepare yourself for a new, exciting season, full of events and unforgettable experiences. For that is precisely what the upcoming 2016-17 Silver Jubilee Anniversary season promises for us PWAers. See you all in September, with fully-charged batteries, Hanna

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Hanna Suni editor and layout designer www.hamedesign.com newslettereditor@pwarome.org


in this issue

4 Unplugged Summer Party 6 Summertime

8 Member Spotlight: Michela Lazzè — The Connector

10 Once Upon a Time

11 My Foray into Living Divinely

12 YouCaring Unleashes Compassion Worldwide

14 May Wrap-up: Innovation Through Green Economy — Orange Fiber 15 June Flash ConneXion at Lola 16 Coaching for Excellence

17 Get Those Bikes Out and Rolling

18 Cultural Corner: Summer Highlights in the Eternal City 20 Women and Words

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�Unplugged PWA Summer Party Welcome to the PWA Summer Party! Tonight we introduce your new BOARD and celebrate the Woman of the Year 2015/16. It'll be a terrific Night of the Oscars with great food and friends to greet before the summer recess. Award-winning, 22-year-old pianist

Giulio Del Vescovo will entertain us with his music

4° classificato a un concorso Internazionale a Bologna 2° classificato come solista al piano a un concorso musicale 1° posto al concorso nazionale Star Sprint a Fiuggi

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Insalatina di pollo alla senape e sedano bianco Spiedini di mazzancolle al sesamo Involtini di zucchine al bacon Barchettine di briseè al salmone affumicato e cipolla di tropea in agrodolce Fagottini di pasta fillo alle verdure Polpettine di calamari e olive di gaeta Verdurine in tempura Roselline di bresaola con vinaigratte al frutto della passione Mezzi paccheri con cozze e pesto di pistacchi Sformatino di melanzane, mozzarella di bufala e pesto di valeriana e pinoli Barchette al gorgonzola Involtini di verza

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Tagliata di frutta Piccoli tiramisù ai frutti di bosco Crostatine alla gianduia Pasticceria mignon Spumante secco e dolce


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Summertime…

is it for unplugging or recharging your batteries? Whatever you decide… here are a few suggestions on how to pass your summer months. Take a Tour to re-energize, or spend time with your kids at Me&Mom in Tuscany, or with Women Travel Italy. Or try untaming your soul.

Celebrate Roald Dahl by taking a trip into the inner workings of one of Britain’s most wacky minds! This year marks the centenary of his birth. No time to read? Try a Short Story Anthology with one account by the Creative Writing professor at JCU and AUR, Elizabeth Geoghegan.

by Lisa R Tucci www.artemediacomm.com

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And… still celebrating women, catch up on some inspirational speakers at TedWomen or buy the Ted Books Box Sets!

I can’t wait to see the women at Michelle Obama’s first-ever United States of Women summit and take the pledge!

Want more? See what’s happening in the world of food at BlogHerFood16

While we’re celebrating, this July the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland celebrates its 50th year with a star-studded roster of entertainment! Of course, in Rome, all summer long, we’re treated to the Estate Romana — one of my favorite things about living here. Unique events are all over, with outdoor cinemas springing up in almost every neighborhood, and concerts abound. But this goes on throughout the country. You can be driving by any given town and find an awesome sagra featuring one glorious foodstuff after another, or find couples waltzing in the piazza. So, google it, find it, and let yourself get footloose and fancy free!

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Michela Lazzè The Connector

Michela on the Perito Moreno Glacier

“Let me just catch my breath and we can start”, Michela Lazzè starts the interview, as she finally sits down after a four-day weekend with 30 guests that joined a cooking course at her family relais Villa La Trinità in Capranica. Festina lente - make haste slowly - is her motto, and it suits her well, as she juggles her everyday life between family, the relais, English courses and dozens of other hobbies and passions. «I love to meet and spend time with people, it is relationships precisely that nurture my soul». Michela was born in Rome and has a degree in Political Science from Università la Sapienza. She has always lived in the Caput Mundi, apart from the months she spent in England in the 1980’s perfecting her language skills. She worked for the American Embassy to the Holy See dealing with press office duties and cultural affairs; then she founded and managed a construction company with her husband, supervising external relations and the quality system. The highlight of her life was the birth of

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her son, Piergiorgio, 20 years ago. In January 2014 she obtained the CELTA-certification from the University of Cambridge to teach English to adults. These days Michela’s time is divided between the relais and her English private courses. Villa La Trinità is a historical family estate that Michela runs together with her brother, Paolo. The villa can host up to 10 guests in 4 double rooms and two single rooms, each with a private bathroom. International guests can enjoy tailor-made hospitality, long walks on the 20-acre estate and in the Tuscia countryside, a cooling dive in the private pool and divine, local cuisine. It is possible to play tennis and golf, go horse-back riding, kayaking or relax at thermal baths within 5-90 minute drives from the villa. As an implementer of experiential tourism design, Michela also plans original day trips for her guests to the near-by sights or cultural activities at the villa, such as watercolour lessons, or guided tours of the park for children to learn about birds’ songs and the natural mysteries of the wood. «The guides chosen go further than the usual ones because guests are involved in a story where they are protagonists».


Michela coordinates a group of mother-tongue translators. She also teaches English as a foreign language and has recently created a brand new, exciting concept for learning, SELFIEnglish. The main idea is to enable the learners to improve their language skills in a very proactive way at the same time being involved in a customized learning process focusing on personal interests: «Just this past week one of my students, who longs for cars and engines, did a study on the Ferrari Dubai Center and another one, interested in women’s clothing, on the case story of Victoria’s Secret», she reveals. «Even I learn a lot during the lessons.»

it gives me», she says. She also loves to read spiritual and non-fiction literature. One of her big passions is travel and she fondly remembers her last two trips abroad, visiting Patagonia in Argentina in December 2014 and sailing in Greece with her son in August 2015. «These moments create those most precious memories our hearts will hold forever», she admits.

On weekends, Michela can often be found on a tennis court, trekking in the Tuscia woods or riding her bicycle. «I love the sense of freedom

Michela joined PWA in fall 2013 and started immediately as Co-Chair to the Social Director. She then volunteered as Special Projects Director and together with ThinkTank member Alessandra Tacconelli she created TimeOut, a Time Bank project that promotes and enables the sharing of skills, knowledge and competencies among members without exchange of money. «In my view this is one of the main purposes of a professional association: to be able to grow together as individuals and as a group while fulfilling our objectives. The concept of Collective Leadership is intriguing and I want to promote it to the fullest next year as Vice President», she adds. «The Silver Jubilee Anniversary will be rich with memorable events and will be a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other, celebrate our achievements and make lasting professional and personal connections.»

Michela and Piergiorgio in 1999

Michela on a trekking path in Vulci in 2015

Michela is passionate about many themes such as geopolitics, eco-sustainability and biodiversity. She is a member of Associazione Italiana Genitori and is always ready to fight for the rights of the weakest, such as children and refugees. She refuses to give into «today’s liquid society» as she calls it, and prefers to raise awareness on the common evils through online petitions. «I have very firm principles which I am not ready to give up, ever — first of all the person’s inner freedom», she says.

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Once upon a time by Valerie Baxter President Once upon a time, there was a group of international women led by Cynthia Erlich, founder of PWA in 1992, who created an association of professional women with international backgrounds living in Rome. Those with a desire for a forum to share and exchange ideas, network with like-minded women to meet new people, enhance their business and make friends. It was a bit like a girls’ night out away from needs of family to learn something new, of relevance to the entrepreneur, the professional, the corporate workplace. How has PWA changed since then? Well, to begin with, PWA didn’t have a Statute officializing the association until 2007. Neither did the association have a bank account, even less a sponsor or a partner! It was thanks to president Linda Botha, treasurer Michelle Bassanesi and secretary Dulce Casadiego that officialdom was achieved. This milestone in PWA history led to more ambitions. Apart from the monthly conferences, held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Via Boncompagni with sandwiches and tea, there was little else to offer our members apart from the “Year End Party” in December and the “June Party”, as they were then called. The association needed money to foster special events, let alone special projects. A member since 1999, with little time from my job and family duties to spare the association, I never missed a conference in English. I was approached as Speaker, and subsequently asked to join the board as Social Director. Two social events a year led to more social/cultural activities like International Women’s Day and trekking adventures like Footloose. Because we enjoyed each other’s company including male family members or friends, PWA evolved towards monthly networking aperitifs – including men – on first Wednesdays, now known as ConneXions. But it wasn’t until we’d realised through our sense of social responsibility, raising funds to embrace causes like breast cancer prevention - Komen Race for the Cure, and violence against women - Telefono Rosa, that PWA was capable of much more… So I moved on to become PWA’s first Special Projects Director. We knew, through the quality of our membership, our conferences, our mindsets that we could empower women both personally and in the workplace. Thus, for our members we instituted the Woman of the Year award. In 2011, commissioned

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by our “madrina”, Senator Monica Cirinnà, PWA gave its first seminar on female empowerment to over 300 women employed by the Comune di Roma. In 2014, we started our innovation process: PWA as a Brand, hence “the People We Are”, advocating diversity and inclusion. Anticipating trends in the workplace, we gave our first seminar on Collective Leadership, partnering with Rome Business School. We fortified our presence on Social Media and launched our own Expert Resources directory and Mentoring programs available to members and Friends of PWA. Last year, Collective Leadership became our modus operandi, pioneering in non-profit organisation with the biggest ever team of women contributing to PWA’s success story. Collectively responsible for results, our Board & Team rolled out a fantastic new website, “The People We Are” digital newsletter, a revised Statute, a Board Policy Manual, Board & Team coaching, and committed moreover to changing behaviour starting with IWD Rainbow Day plus TIMEOUT - the first Professional TimeBank in Italy in partnership with Federprofessional. It’s to these remarkable women that I pay homage today. Let’s applaud the extraordinary feat accomplished by our Board: Michelle Bassanesi, Christine Sterpetti, Marta Schneider, Olga Plyaskina, Isabella Cattan, Adriana Tempesta, Hanna Suni. Their work was excellently assisted by the professional merits of Michela Lazzè, Paola Devescovi, Rossana Scazzocchio, Luisa La Via, Maria Banks, Nicole Giacomarra, Maria Letizia Nesta, Lisa Tucci, Giuseppina Rizzolo, Alessandra Tacconelli. Without them, we could not have accomplished so much in so little time. Some of these women now concede their place to newcomers to our team. A huge THANKYOU to Isabella Cattan, Paola Devescovi and Lisa Tucci. We welcome Valentina Ferretti (Sponsorship Director), and Team members Annalisa Cicerchia, Karima Hassa, Cristiana Montani Natalucci. As we approach our Silver Jubilee next season: celebrating 25 years of PWA, from the people we were to the People We Are today. I recall my mental image while running for President last year as a catalyst for change, preparing PWA for the «Grand National», or rather the nonprofit world. PWA now has the power to compete in the toughest horse race on the planet. Be a part of it!


My Foray into Living Divinely The Divine Living Workshop in Florence with Gina DeVee by Lisa R Tucci www.artemediacomm.com Anyone who knows anyone living in Italy knows that the Italians know a thing or two about divine living. I mean, walk into any courtyard, palazzo, piazza or pizza place (the ones without tv’s blaring), and you can find some pretty heavenly things. They’ve been making living well a trademark since they first shipped over Greek potters to add a nice artisan flair to their wine vessels. So, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the invitation I received from one Gina DeVee… who not only sports my favorite name (I always imagined myself as the little Italian girl from Peanuts), but turns out…also grew up a stone’s throw from my home. So, how was a Michigan gal going to show someone who’s been traveling to Italy since she was 4 months old how it’s done? Gina is an inspirational coach with quite an impressive track record coaching entrepreneurial women to achieve their dreams. Her package is helping one Cinderella after another overcome obstacles and step into the look, feel, and general love and loveliness behind the brand of YOU. Two days with her positive vibe (and that of all the other amazing women around her), and I could see that, dusting off that very Italian fairy dust of resignation and defeat would definitely produce some positive results. For others, of course who don’t live and work in Italy, it was the very essence of being in renaissance Florence that filled them with wonder and wanderlust — and it was showing. One amazing woman already in Gina’s Academy jumped in feet first and decided she would make the trip to Florence. Showing the universe she was committed, she was upgraded to First Class. Upon arrival, and over a cappuccino, she happened upon a woman in conversation… and, before the froth was a murky puddle at the bottom of her porcelain cup, she had signed her first coaching client. One after another, these women who had — with some trepidation — listened to Gina and her husband talk about the immense intelligence, worthiness and potential wealth of the women in the room, were now bringing in 6 figures and traveling the world.

One of the highlights was hearing from the Ohioan turned Aussie, Nicole Still from VIAJIYU*… whose storefront I had snapped that morning. She wears mis-matching flats which I just loved, and promotes her custom-made footwear, by appointment only. Talking about entrepreneur’s remorse, her struggle with pursuing what became a dream of quality shoe production — in Italy, no less (insert coal to Newcastle metaphor here), well it was nothing short of mindboggling. This soft-spoken, bold woman, would really make it. Who’s next? *VIA (vee-uh) is the Italian word for "road." JIYU (zhoo) is the Japanese word for "freedom." I met a posse of women coaching men and women out of their funks and into the limelight. A few come to mind: Transformational & Business Coach Elena Agrizzi in Italy, who I would go to in a heartbeat, Polly Alexandre, a top photographer from the UK, now living the dream in Ibiza and coaching creatives to step into their success and really reach for new heights, and of course, the amazing Athena, who shined her light on someone just over a cup of coffee. It’s never too late to take the Michigan out of the girl and become the person you were meant to be. And that’s Divine. And really Living.

From the Viajiyu website

«Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.» www.viajiyu.com

Rumi, Persian poet

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YOUCARING UNLEASHES COMPASSION WORLDWIDE

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By Amy Mosley YouCaring.com is on a mission to help people help others worldwide. The San Franciscobased, online crowdfunding company has raised $400 million in donations, with every dollar going toward personal and charitable causes. YouCaring believes that no one should have to face hardship alone. Through its free, online crowdfunding platform, anyone can start a fundraiser for a variety of humanitarian causes. We all need help when life presents us with difficult challenges. This summer, why not reach out and take up a cause by starting a fundraiser for you or someone you know. It’s easy, and it works. COMPASSIONATE CROWDFUNDING YouCaring believes in the use of online fundraising technologies and social networks to make the world a better, kinder place. Anyone can participate in the YouCaring community to raise substantial funds for individuals or organizations. By sharing your story on social media, you spread the word and your call for help. The beneficiary receives donated funds daily. It’s that simple. HOW YOUCARING WORKS When you visit the YouCaring site, follow the easy, step-by-step process to become a fundraiser organizer. Tell your story about the particular challenge or event that you or a loved one face with text, photos, and video. Then share it on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Update your story with the progress and pitfalls to engage your followers and interest new ones. People want to help and know how events unfold. Ask them to share your story to widen

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the network of your support. By sharing and updating your fundraiser story and progress, your connections will follow your progress and stand by you, every step of the way. CHARITY FUNDRAISING THROUGH CROWDFUNDING YouCaring wants to encourage you to support causes on a larger scale, too. By becoming an organizer for any organization, you spread social good. Take a stand about something you are passionate about, such as preventing animal abuse or funding medical research. For example, The Ophthalmology Department at a hospital in Siena, Italy, is a center of excellence for treating retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that can result in blindness and the loss of one or both eyes. Here is a fundraiser to finance a new eye scanner at this hospital. The charity, Road to Relief, instead works to fight hunger in Malawi during periods of floods, drought, and poor harvests. PAYING MEDICAL COSTS People who struggle with coming to terms with a medical diagnosis, a loss of a loved one, or an emergency situation, may also confront expensive medical costs simultaneously. If you or someone you know needs help paying medical bills, YouCaring makes it possible for anyone to fundraise. Avoid financial devastation resulting from medical expenses with free online crowdfunding! Here’s another example: Alan Fisher’s fundraiser raises money for medical expenses and necessary equipment after suffering spinal cord injuries from a cycling accident.


KINDNESS IS POWERFUL YouCaring is also committed to promoting supportive dialogue between those in need and other people, with a space for comments and testimonials for every fundraiser. These meaningful connections give social and emotional support combined with financial donations. Kind words from friends, family, and outsiders inspire those who struggle, many with extremely difficult circumstances. YouCaring cultivates a community of generous and compassionate people, who offer whatever they can in order to comfort others, sometimes strangers. Whether you choose to organize a fundraiser or donate to one, we invite you to connect with our YouCaring community. DONATE AND SHARE In addition to organizing a fundraiser or your own, you may find one that you’re passionate about and want to support. Every donation counts, even a small amount. Plus, one of the most helpful things you can do is share a fundraiser online by simply clicking “share” or “like” on Facebook, for example. YouCaring estimates that every share on Facebook is valued at $37 for the fundraiser. Sharing is caring!

DO YOU CARE? What causes are you passionate about? How will you help make a difference? We invite you to join the YouCaring community by starting a fundraiser today or visiting our site to learn more about compassionate crowdfunding.

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May conference: Innovation through green economy - Orange Fiber photos and story by Hanna Suni www.hamedesign.com

In May PWA offered yet another truly inspiring conference. CoFounder Enrica Arena from Orange Fiber walked us through her story of how an idea, a dream and lots of passion and hard work can slowly become a business reality. Producing cellulose to make beautiful fabrics from the waste of tons of orange peels is a great example of a sustainable and completely green innovation that needs to be supported and financed properly. Conference participants also voted for the 2016-17 Board members and the 2015-16 Woman of the Year. The new Board will be introduced and the Woman of the Year announced at our Unplugged Summer Party on Wednesday June 15th!

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June Flash ConneXion at Lola

Social Co-Chair Adriana Tempesta hosted PWA members and guests at the June Flash ConneXion at Lola Caffetteria. The evening entailed an intriguing presentation of the book L'Onda del Coaching by Giovanna Giuffredi, President of Life Coach Italy and one of PWA's main sponsors. Giovanna was interviewed by her colleague, Irene Morrione and received several questions from the attentive participants as well. To top it all off we enjoyed a rich buffet and fresh, summery drinks. What better way to inaugurate the summer season?!

photos and story by Hanna Suni www.hamedesign.com

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Coaching for Excellence by Hanna Suni www.hamedesign.com

Looking to stay ahead in business and in life? As an executive, business and life coach specialist Maria Banks at Strada Innovation is your positive path towards achieving what you really want.

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hanks to PWA, I had the wonderful opportunity to have Maria Banks as my coach this past spring (JanuaryMay 2016). I attended a series of individual online coaching sessions as well as two group sessions, online and in person in a day-long PWA coaching retreat.

the beginning. I grew both professionally in my communication and leadership skills as well as personally, becoming more confident and out-spoken. She also shared with me some important time-management and organisational skills that are crucial for anyone.

Maria is an incredibly warm, talented and inspirational coach. She took the time to listen to and truly understand my needs and always found the right exercises to accompany my growth process. Her clear and well-established handouts and materials were extremely useful and helped me organize my thoughts and reach for higher objectives than what I had set out in

In the group sessions she succeeded in motivating and inspiring a rather heterogeneous group of women to reach for a common goal through fluid communication and harmony.

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If you are looking for a similar growth experience, do not hesitate to contact Maria at www.stradainnovation.co.uk.


Let's get those bikes out and moving!

IN OUR HANDS

H E A LT H

by Monica Sorcetti www.chiedialladottoressa.com

Riding a bicycle is a truly healthy exercise that is affordable for people of all ages. There are no counter-indications because riding a bike does not load our muscles, but rather puts them in motion toning the different muscle groups, thus allowing the whole body to regenerate. It is a truly "generous" sport to practice, as no special athletic skills are required. However, it is a habit that gives many benefits when carried out regularly. The entire cardiovascular system is boosted with beneficial effects on our blood pressure, especially the diastolic value (the minimum).

Through the rotatory movement of the pedals our joints and cartilages are loosened and strengthened, and this generates also a preventive effect on possible articular discomforts. The spinal cord and knees are particularly well protected compared to other types of activities because the saddle of the bicycle downloads all of the body weight and prevents overloads on the back and leg joints. Finally, riding a bike allows us to enjoy the outdoors, sunlight and nature, in the most relaxing way — almost magically bringing us back to the moments of our carefree childhood.

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CULTURAL CORNER

By Laura M. Rizzi www.laltraroma.net

Summer Highlights in The Eternal City 2016 Summer is coming and the Eternal City is ready; every part of Rome offers something to do, a sunset walking tour in the center, a happy hour on a panoramic rooftop terrace, a concert in a garden or a film along the Tiber river. My personal tips for the next months are a mix of things, as I like my summers to be. Some are traditional appointments, others are absolutely new.

First of all, let's talk about the archaeological sites. You must visit the most important reopening of 2016: S. Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum. Until September 11th there will be an opportunity to admire the amazing ancient icons of The Virgin and the Child, mosaics, sarcophagi and marble portraits nearby the precious frescos (6th-9th century A.D.) that have been completely restored, all part of the temporary exhibition “S. Maria Antiqua between Rome and Byzantium”. The itinerary includes the virtual reconstruction of the lost decoration of the Chapel of Teodoro and the Chapel of the Medical Saints. For the importance of its frescoes S. Maria Antiqua was called 'the Sistine chapel of the early Middle Ages'; built in the 6th century over Roman imperial structures, after thirty years of restauration, we can now show to the scholars and visitors the passageway from the Roman pagan world to the early Christian era. The Church, in use until a terrible earthquake in 847 A.D., was decorated and redecorated many times during the papacies of Popes Martin I (649-653), John VII (705-707) and Paul I (757-767). The Palimpsest Wall is very important, located in the Presbytery, with at least six layers of decoration, representing different styles, dates and influences; the most significant are the fragment with Mary Queen of Heaven (early-half 6 th century), The Annunciation (late 6th century) St. Basil and St. John Chrysostom (after 649 A.D. ), St. Gregory and St. Basil (705-7 A.D.) If you missed it last summer, it’s possible to participate - until October 30th – in the “Journeys through Ancient Rome” with 2 different stories and routes through the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Augustus. Thanks to a virtual experience composed by video and reconstructions created by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano, it is possible to follow step by step the long history of these two marvelous sites in a very enjoyable manner (the audio guide is available in different languages).

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For the year of the Jubilee of Mercy, The Capitoline Museums have organized a thematic temporary exhibition “La Misericordia nell'arte. Itinerario Giubilare tra i Capolavori dei grandi Artisti Italiani” that can be visited up to November 27th. The two sections contain paintings, marble reliefs and statues dedicated to Madonna of Mercy and to the Seven Works of Mercy created by great Italian artists.

Then let's talk about cinema. Piazza San Cosimato, in the heart of Trastevere, hosts from June 1st till August 1st the Film Festival with 60 movies on a new, 10-meterlong maxi screen and many famous guests, such as Roberto Benigni, Dario Argento, Ferzan Ozpetek who introduce their movies. The festival offers a different type of movie every night (Italian Film, Classic, American Movies, Walt Disney cartoons), free of charge and under the stars. The 22nd Edition of the Festival “Hollywood sul Tevere” is also interesting to see. Until September 4th, the Tiberina Island will be transformed into a bright Set of Cinema, featuring 90 days of movies (Italian New and Classic Film, European and American Movies, some in original language), events, cinema, conferences and a contest to promote the work of young talent; the triumph of the Seventh Art in 3 different places (Arena, Cinemalab and Screen Tevere ).

The Summer Opera season at the Terme di Caracalla is unforgettable. If you love Italian Opera, Ballet and Concerts this is your place! This edition is dedicated to Italian opera “milestones”: Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi (July 9 - August 9), Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini (July 18 - August 10) and Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (July 29 - August 8); Teatro dell'Opera ballet company performs Nureyev Night (June 22 – 26) and hosts the dancer Roberto Bolle for the Roberto Bolle and Friends only (July 25 – 26).There will be special nights with international guests the pianist Lang Lang (July 3), Lionel Richie (July 14) and Neil Young (July 15). And finally music! Luglio suona bene at the Auditorium Parco della Musica from June 14th till August 03rd. International stars, in a gorgeous frame, La Cavea by Renzo Piano and a lot of music, jazz, rock, pop: Keith Jarrett (July 12), Stefano Bollani Napoli Trio (July 20), Cyndi Lauper (July 7), Santana special (July 19) and a very special program for children Luglio Suona Bene Kids.

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Women and Words

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"Impercettibile si insinua l'azzurro di un nuovo cielo e mentre aspiri a toccarne l'immenso come di linfa vitale lo spirito se ne nutre. Anima che fluttua... onde che si infrangono... voglia di sorridere oltre quel mistero che occlude ogni tuo sguardo. Colori che esplodono di vita e schegge che raggiungono un cuore palpitante"

poem by Elvira La Rocca painting by Rosanna Chiani


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Life Coach Italy s.r.l. contribuisce allo sviluppo del potenziale umano per il benessere personale e organizzativo. Conta su un vasto network di qualificati professionisti che operano da anni in vari settori negli ambiti Life e Corporate, con particolare riferimento alla metodologia del Coaching in linea con gli standard di qualità di International Coach Federation. Life Coach Italy offre una serie di servizi integrati e innovativi caratterizzati da: • Competenza • Personalizzazione • Trasparenza • Rispetto della Privacy

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Save 15% with EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL If you are already a PWA Member, renew now and enjoy a full year's membership from September 2016 to June 2017 for €85 instead of €100! PWA Conferences next season will be hosted at the Grand Hotel Palace, Via Veneto 70, Rome. There's so much in store for our SILVER JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY so be sure to take advantage of our special offer - EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL valid until 31st July 2016.

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Congratulations to all the PWA members who will be part of the Board in 2016-2017! PWA would like to thank the outgoing Board members Michelle Bassanesi, Isabella Cattan and Olga Playskina for their time and dedication in the past year!

2015-2016 PWA Board and Team members President Valerie Baxter President@pwarome.org Secretary Edna Francis Secretary@pwarome.org Treasurer Michelle Bassanesi Treasurer@pwarome.org Programming Christine Sterpetti Programming@pwarome.org Membership Olga Plyaskina MembershipDirector@pwarome.org Corporate Member coordinator Maria Banks MembershipCorporate@pwarome.org Associate Member coordinator Nicole Giacomarra MembershipAssociate@pwarome.org Social Isabella Cattan SocialDirector@pwarome.org Social Co-Chair Adriana Tempesta SocialCoChair@pwarome.org PR & Sponsorship Christina Barbiero Sponsorship@pwarome.org PR & Sponsorship co-chair Marta Schneider PR@pwarome.org Newsletter Hanna Suni NewsletterEditor@pwarome.org Newsletter editorial consultant Lisa R Tucci NewsletterConsultant@pwarome.org Webmistress Rossana Scazzocchio Webmistress@pwarome.org Community Director Paola Devescovi Community@pwarome.org Mentoring Program Manager Maria Letizia Nesta Mentor@pwarome.org Mentor Luisa La Via MentorshipConsultant@pwarome.org Think Tank Michela Lazzè SpecialProjects@pwarome.org Think Tank Alessandra Tacconelli Thinktank@pwarome.org Media communications assistant Giuseppina Rizzolo Media@pwarome.org Legal Advisor Caterina Flick Legal@pwarome.org

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