When January 18, 2024 at 4:00pm CST 1 hr 30 mins
Where Zoom
Contact Mihai Lehene [email protected] 7732898696

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The Chicago Romanian Community Summit 2024

In February 2023 - at the first annual Chicago Romanian Community SummitΒ - community leaders, members of nonprofit organizations, churches, businesses, academia and artistic groups came together in a series of panels to engage, collaborate, and strengthen our community spirit.

We invite you, the organizers and panelists of the last event, to join in for a 1 hour meeting to review/prep for the 2024 Summit.


Β  Β πŸ‘‰ Set the date and discuss 2024 Topics

Β  Β πŸ‘‰ Collect Feedback and Suggestions for 2024 Summit

Β  Β πŸ‘‰ Collect interest and register co-organizers for 2024 Summit

Β  Β πŸ‘‰ Prep for upcoming meetings with community leaders and volunteer recruitment

Our goal is to provide a dynamic and engaging event that will inspire attendees to take action and make a positive impact.

2023 Summit: Keynote Speakers

Tiberiu Trifan

Consul General of Romania in Chicago
Maria Pappas

Cook County Treasurer

2023 Summit: Community Panel

Robert Dumitrescu

Deputy Consul General of Romania in Chicago
Adrian Nechiti

Founder, Vox Maris Band
Stefan Cristoltean

Founder, Cenaclu Retro
Mihai Lehene

Founder, Romanian United Foundation
Dana Bucin

Honorary Consul of Romania in Connecticut, Immigration Attorney, Partner at Murtha Cullina LLP
Bogdan Banu

President and Founder, Romanians of DC
Nubia Willman

Chief Engagement Officer for Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Doru Branea

Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York
Steven Bonica

Founder and President, Romanian Tribune Media Group

2023 Summit: Education Panel

Iulian Calinov

Honorary Consul of Romania in Seattle
Mihaela Campion

Founder, Psychotherapy and Transformational Movement and ARCHER
Buni Cocar

Rev. Dr. Pastor Maranatha Romanian Church
Margareta Matache

Director of the Roma Program, Harvard University
Laurentiu Murg

Principal, Logos Christian Academy
Marius Stan

Scientist, Author and Actor

2023 Summit: Business Panel

Alexandru Duta

Founder & CEO, Albiware
Mihai Lehene

Founder, Romanian United Foundation
Cristian Luput

Founder & CEO, Optimus Realty
Sotiris Pagdadis

President, Keiretsu Forum Midwest
Vlad Sarca

Partner@Sparking Capital | Serial entrepreneur
Denis Tudor

CEO and Co-founder, Swisspod Technologies

2023 Summit: Summit Volunteers

Oana Dobrean-Urzica

ROCO Executive Director
Diana Dram

Founding Angel and ROCO Business Chapter Lead
Cristina Haidau

Volunteer, ROCO Edu Chapter Lead, Supporter of ROCO
Catalin Maticiuc

Founder & CEO, Forza Companies
Georgiana Merdariu

Chief Engagement Officer
Adrian Nechiti

Founder, Vox Maris Band
Irina Nedeljkovic

RUF Core Team Member, ROCO Events Team Coordinator, "Trips To Romania" Program Manager
Andreea Rebaltescu

Communications Director
Paula Telcian

ROCO Chicago: Community Outreach Liaison
Robert Varlam

Honorary member of ROCO, Gala Fundraising Committee Chair

Learn more about our wonderful summit volunteers.



9 AM: Arrivals & Breakfast

10 AM Keynote Speakers

   πŸ‘‰ Tiberiu Trifan, Consul General of Romania in Chicago

   πŸ‘‰ Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer

10:15 AM: Community Panel: Arts, Culture & Romanian Language
   πŸ‘‰ Building a Stronger Community
   πŸ‘‰ Government Relations
   πŸ‘‰ Arts & Culture: Celebrating Our Culture

Confirmed Panelists: 
Nubia Willman, Chief Engagement Officer City of Chicago; Dorian Branea, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York; Bogdan Banu, Founder of Romanians of DC; Dana Bucin, Attorney at Law, Honorary Consul of Romania in Connecticut;
Panel Organizers: Steven Bonica, Stefan Cristoltean, Adrian Nechiti, Mihai Lehene

12:00 Lunch & Networking Break

13:00 Education, Inclusion, Social Action Panel
   πŸ‘‰ Investing in Our Future
   πŸ‘‰ Health, Wellness & Elderly Care
   πŸ‘‰ Inclusion & Inter-confessional Dialogue

Moderator: Prof. Marius Stan
Confirmed Panelists:  Mihaela Campion,Owner, Psychotherapy and Transformational Movement;  Laurentiu Murg,Pediatrician at Access Community Health Network;  Margareta Matache,Director of the Roma Program, Harvard University;  Buni Cocar,Rev. Dr. Pastor Maranatha Romanian Church;  Laurentiu Murg,Principal, Logos Christian Academy;  Iulian Calinov,Honorary Consul of Romania in Seattle;
Panel Organizers: Cristina Haidau, Marius Stan, Mihaela Campion

14:15 Networking Break 

14:45 Business Panel
   πŸ‘‰ Networking for Success
   πŸ‘‰ Embracing Innovation
   πŸ‘‰ Financial Empowerment

Moderator: Cristian Luput
Confirmed Panelists:  Sotiris Pagdadis, President, Keiretsu Forum Midwest;  Denis Tudor, CEO, Swisspod;  Vlad Sarca, Founder & Partner, Sparking Capital;  Alex Duta, CEO, Albiware; 
Panel Organizers: Dana Surcel, Cristian Luput, Dan NicolaeMarcel Somfelean

16:00 Networking Break

17:00 Feedback & Closing Remarks

This First Romanian Community Summit will be a landmark event for the Romanian community in Chicago. We look forward to seeing you there!

More Information

  • Topics: Learn more
  • Event Type: By Invitation Only
  • Event Attire: Business Formal
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Language:
    • The event will be hosted in English and Romanian
    • Live translation to English provided
  • Refreshments:
    • Breakfast and Lunch light refreshments provided



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