PROPOSED PROGRAM

of the 4th Moldovan-American Convention

Diaspora Civic Engagement

What should Diaspora do and how can it best contribute
to the communities and people here and back home?


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017

Arrival of participants

5:00 – 8:00 pm   WELCOME HAPPY HOUR with networking & socializing 
                     MO Bar & Lounge, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017

8:30 – 9:30 am     REGISTRATION

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; Peacock Foundation Studio. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

 

9:30–9:45 am       OFFICIAL OPENING: Welcome address on behalf of MAC4 Organizing Committee:

§  Sergiu GHERMAN, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in Florida, Miami, FL

§  Viorica STEINMAN, Marketing & Operations Manager, CVS Pharmacy, Boca Raton, FL

 

9:45 -12:30pm      THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS. PANEL 1:

Republic of Moldova current state of affairs – a reality check

Moderator: Ion BOTNARU, Ambassador, Former Director for UN General Assembly, New York, NY

Presenters:

§  Veaceslav IONITA, Public Finance Expert, IDIS Viitorul, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Sergiu TOFILAT, Chairperson, Community Watchdog.md, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Valeriu PASHA, Community Watchdog.md, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Sorin IONITA, President, Expert Forum, Bucharest, Romania

§  Stella JEMNA, Fulbright scholar, Project Manager at ATFC, Atlanta, GA

§  Violeta GASITOI, Attorney, Moldovan Community in California, San Francisco, CA 

Q&A session facilitated by Irina VAN PATTEN, Freelance writer, Seattle, WA

 

12:30 - 1:30 pm   LUNCH (BRAVA Restaurant)

 

1:30 - 2:30 pm     THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS. PANEL 2: 

Moldovan Diaspora Evolution. What’s next?

Moderator: Victor LUTENCO, Public Policy and Migration Executive, Minneapolis, MN

Presenters:

§  Nata ALBOT, Director, Koolture Tricolore, Montreal, Canada

§  Oleg PLOPA,  Florida Manager, MoldCable, Miami, FL

§  Constantin CIORTAN, Co-Founder, Aqua Jet Razor, Miami, FL

§  Natalia GHILASCU, Editor-in-chief, Moldova Times, Los Angeles, CA

§  Pasha PARFENI, Vocile Curajului, Chisinau, Moldova

Q&A session facilitated by Irina VAN PATTENFreelance writer, Seattle, WA

 

2:30 - 3:30 pm      THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS. PANEL 3:

The Power of Diaspora’s Social Projects   

Moderators: Irina BASARABEANU, Love is Kind, Boston, MA 
              Tatiana SIDOROVA TORREALBA, UNICEF, Mrs. Florida 2017, Windermere, FL

SOCIAL PROJECT CONTESTANTS:

§  Camelia CRACIUN, Project: "Promoting Female Entrepreneurship in Moldova through the Integration of Markets", Boca Raton, FL

§  Corina DOBINDA, Project: "Building Bridges to Provide Support Back Home/Diaspora App", Miami, FL

§  Cristian ZARA, Project: "MentorMe", Madison, WI

§  Marta IACOB, Project: "Touching A Life", Chicago, IL (remote presentation)

§  Veaceslav CRETU, Project: "DigiKidz", Atlanta, GA  (remote presentation)

§  Natalia BORTA, Project: "Women Negotiation Academy", Malibu, CA

§  Natalia GHILASCU, Project: "Gallop Moldova", Los Angeles, CA

Q&A session facilitated by Anna PANOVICI, Journalist, Miami, FL 

 

4:00-5:00 pm       OPEN FLOOR FOR CONVENTION PARTICIPANTS: 

Express your opinion, share the experience, make a suggestion, and propose an idea

To present at this session, sign up at the Convention registration (max 3 min for each signed presenter)

Moderator: Veronica PANOV, Immigration Lawyer, Miami, FL

 

5:00-5:30 pm        OFFICIAL CLOSING of the Fourth Moldovan-American Convention

                               (Next MAC – why and where? MAC as the instrument of auto organization for diaspora in North America.)

 §  Elena DRAGALIN, Founder and Chairperson of Moldova AID, Philadelphia, PA

 §  Evghenia BERZAN, Real Estate Consultant, Events Organizer, Cranford, NJ

 

7:00 - 9:30 pm      CLOSING DINNER and CONCERT OF PASHA PARFENI (Moldova)

  La Vendetta Restaurant. 1909 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL, 33020

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017

Departure of participants