A lively discussion with Francesca Valente
Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm
Museo Italo Americano Fort Mason Bldg C
A story that all Italian and Italian Americans should know: Amadeo P. Giannini – a man who realized the American dream, not only for himself, but for an entire society.
In spite of devastating personal obstacles, such as the death of his father, Giannini became the world’s leading banker of the 20th century. Raised by hardworking peasant immigrants in what was considered a backwater area of California, Giannini received his economic education in an unconventional way, paving the way for his rise to prosperity. Founding the Bank of Italy for poor immigrant families, he wanted to overcome the barriers put in place by the conservative current banking elite to fulfill the dreams of “little guys.” The Bank of Italy became the Bank of America and helped dreamers such as Walt Disney to their own dreams. His influences and hard work can be seen all over the country, simply because he believed in “a more general distribution of wealth and happiness.”
About Francesca Valente:
Francesca Valente is a cultural mediator. She started her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978. In 1980 she was posted at the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and served as its Director until 1985.
In 1984 she founded the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. From 1986 to 1991, she served as Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto. While in Canada, she received a proclamation from Art Eggleton, Mayor of Toronto, and from Isabel Bassett, Minister of Culture, Ontario, for organizing Italy on Stage and Italy in Canada, two nationwide multi-media cultural festivals.
In 1988, Dr. Valente was named by Toronto Life magazine one of Toronto’s fifty most influential people. She has also been included in Who’s Who, The International Biographical Center, Cambridge.
From 1999 to 2001, while posted in Rome, she was responsible for Culture and Heritage at Commissione Nazionale Italiana, UNESCO, and was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the cultural liaison between the Ministry and the City of Venice, which resulted in a formal agreement between the City of Venice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
An event organized by Leonardo da Vinci Society and
the Museo Italo Americano
under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy, San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.