Connected Conversations: Leadership on the Frontline: Reflections and Lessons from an Italian Entrepreneur

by Smith Family Business Initiative


Wed, Aug 12, 2020

12 PM – 1 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join the Smith Family Business Initiative as we host “Connected Conversations”, a monthly webinar series that explores topics relevant to family business owners, members, advisors, students, and alumni. We invite you to join us as we navigate the current uncertainty in our global economy, and its impacts on family businesses. 

On August 12 from 12-1pm EDT, Michael Cortelletti, Founder entrepreneur and business angel, will lead a discussion on “Leadership on the Frontline: Reflections and Lessons from and Italian Entrepreneur.” 

Michael Cortelletti, MMH/MBA ’99, owner and “Guardian Angel” of Food Democracy in Verona, Italy, has seen the effects of COVID-19 first hand, both as a business owner, and as a resident of Verona, Italy. As the news began trickling in during January, Michael was forced to deal with a contingency plan he did not want to execute on. Nearly six months later, and as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, Michael will share his reflections on what has transpired in Italy thus far and critical lessons that business owners and advisors should take with them.

You will receive a confirmation email upon registration with the Zoom coordinates. If you did not receive this communication, please reach out to Hannah Barends at

Please submit questions you would like Michael Cortelletti to address in advance of the webinar to Hannah Barends at


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Michael Cortelletti, MMH/MBA '99

Food Democracy

Michael Cortelletti MMH/MBA ‘99 is an entrepreneur and business angel. Michael owns three premier restaurants in Verona Italy. Mr. Cortelletti is a visiting lecturer at MODUL University where he teaches in the Food and Beverage Management program.

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