About

The Italian American Leadership Network is a community for people to support each other as they navigate their professional lives while incorporating how being Italian American impacts their values and the challenges they experience. 

Since many of us are among the first of our families to be college-educated and enter white-collar work we are here to share our resources and knowledge to empower each other as we achieve goals that our ancestors could only dream of!  

Want support on how to network, interview, start a side hustle, apply to graduate school, create a podcast, or anything else?  We got you covered! 

To learn more about our organization and its mission, check out this episode with the Italian American Podcast!

Founder

Victoria Passarella is the founder of Metropolitan Island, Brooklyn Ivy League, and the Italian American Leadership Network.

After years of living and working in Manhattan, including going to graduate school at Columbia and working for the university in career education, she noticed major cultural differences compared to her Italian American upbringing. She was almost always the only Italian American in these settings.

As the daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an Italian American mother from Brooklyn, Victoria's southern Italian culture influenced how she viewed society.  She was inspired to take what she learned as a career education professional and offer it in a relatable way to empower her community. 


Victoria earned a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University, followed by an advanced Master's in Organization and Leadership, specializing in adult learning programs from Columbia University. She also serves as a Sociology and Gender Studies Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University in New York.

Her professional development includes Women's Campaign School at Yale, the White House Project's Vote Run Lead, and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College of Columbia University. 

 

In addition, she has over 10 years of professional experience as a workshop facilitator and public speaker, with extensive experience in planning and organizing events and conferences for higher education and nonprofit communities.

Victoria's work has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes and the Today Show.

Victoria Passarella, Founder

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Career Strategist | Adjunct Professor | Public Speaker | Leadership Development Specialist | Social Entrepreneur