PROPOSED PROGRAM of the 5th Moldovan-American Convention

Diaspora, Engage!

Building social, economic and cultural bridges between Moldova and North America 


Please, send all your proposals for agenda, presenters and your personal involvement by September 20, 2018 via Convention contact page or email info@moldovanconvention.us.


 

 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 pm WELCOME HAPPY HOUR with networking & socializing 
                         Location - TBA, San Francisco, CA

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

8:30 - 9:30am  REGISTRATION

Location - AC Hotel San Francisco/Oyster Point Waterfront, South San Francisco, CA  

 

9:30 - 9:45am   OFFICIAL OPENING: Welcome address on behalf of MAC5 Organizing Committee:

§  Oleg CIUBOTARU, San Francisco, CA and/or Sandu SARBU, Sacramento, CA

§  Natalia Borta, Malibu, CA 

 

9:45 - 11:30am  THEMATIC DISCUSSION PANEL 1: Republic of Moldova current state of affairs – a reality check

Moderator: Natalia MORARI, Chisinau, Moldova

Presenters:

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

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

§  Stefan GLIGOR, Program Director, Center for Politics and Reform, Chisinau, Moldova

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

 

11:45 -12:30pm  THEMATIC PRESENTATION: Diaspora's role in supporting independent media and civil society 

                             Presenter: Natalia MORARI, Chisinau, Moldova

 

12:30 - 1:30pm   LUNCH

 

1:30 - 2:30 pm   THEMATIC DISCUSSION PANEL 2: From Moldova to California and back: Building a better future together

Moderator: Oleg CIUBOTARU, San Francisco, CA

Participants:

§  Valeria VULPE, Google, San Francisco, CA

§  Anastasia MIRON, Entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA

§  Sergiu MATEI, Entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA

§  Alex PELIN (TBC), Entrepreneur , San Francisco, CA

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

 

2:30 - 3:30pm   THEMATIC DISCUSSION PANEL 3: Blending Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility    

Moderators: Natalia BORTA, Malibu, CA & Evghenia BERZAN, Cranford, NJ 

Presenters:

§  Corina DOBINDA, "Moldova Diaspora App", Miami, FL

§  Victoria MOROZOV, "The Moldova Project", Chisinau, Moldova 

Discussion Participants: 

§  Irina VAN PATTEN, Author of the book "Welcome to America, Welcome Home!", Seattle, WA

§  Natalia GHILASCU, Editor-in-Chief, Moldova Times, Hora in America, Los Angeles, CA

§  Victoria COSTOVICI, Enterpreneur, Dream Toy Flowers, Miami, FL  

§  Nadia VAMES, Interior Designer, Linden, NJ

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

 

3:45 - 4:00pm  ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD CEREMONY
                           Blending Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility

                           Presenter: Evghenia BERZAN, Real Estate Professional, Cranford, NJ

 

4:00-5:00 pm   OPEN DISCUSSION & MAC5 RESOLUTION: Express your opinion, share the experience, propose an idea

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

Moderator: Elena DRAGALIN, Founder and Chairperson of Moldova AID, Philadelphia, PA

 

7:00 - 9:30 pm  CLOSING DINNER and FASHION SHOW by IRINA MADAN (Moldova-USA)

                           Master of Ceremony: Sandu SARBU, Founder of "Papion Events", Sacramento, CA 

 Location - AC Hotel San Francisco/Oyster Point Waterfront. Other details - TBA

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

11am - 3 pm   PICNIC organized by "Promovam Moldova @ San Francisco" social group (location and other details - TBA)