Italy, Silicon Valley and the Partnership for Growth


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or


EVENT: Italy, Silicon Valley and the Partnership for Growth

SPONSORS: Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council (SVIEC)
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Thursday, January 10, 2008
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Atherton, Calif.

His Excellency Ronald P. Spogli, United States Ambassador to Italy, will be the keynote speaker at the Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council event, “Italy, the Silicon Valley and the Partnership for Growth” in Atherton, Calif.

The SVIEC reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will include Italian specialties prepared by Chef Donato Scotti of La Strada Ristorante Italiano and wines provided by Lorenzo Scarpone of Villa Italia.

The Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council (SVIEC), a cohesive group of prominent Italian and Italian-American technology executives, meets on an informal basis to network, socialize and stay current on issues relating to technology, the law, government and public policy. As a special group of technology executives within the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), SVIEC hosts bi-monthly gatherings through which its members can meet other Italian and Italian American high tech, biotech and venture capital executives from the San Francisco Bay area, as well as hear highly influential guest speakers discuss a variety of topics. As the only group dedicated exclusively to these issues, SVIEC ‘s membership exceeds 400.

Sponsored by NIAF (, the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco ( and Carr & Ferrell LLP (, one of the Silicon Valley’s foremost specialists in technology law, SVIEC encourages you to join this prominent group of executives on January 10, 2008. The reception will be underwritten by Hewlett Packard, Funambol, Inc. and Fabio Ficano, president of the Best of Italy Consumer Association.

For more information, contact NIAF Regional Vice President for the Far West Jeff Capaccio, Esq. at or 415/609-8055.

Media Contact: Elissa Ruffino at 202/939-3106 or

NIAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. To learn about our programs/events, visit