Italian prime minister speech at the New York Stock Exchange
When Jeff Pollard, the coordinator of the IIB students, told me about this amazing opportunity, I couldn’t believe him. We had been invited to listen to the Italian prime minister speech at the New York Stock Exchange. I instantly accepted his proposal even if this talk began at 8.30 in the morning. This meant getting up at 5.30 am and taking the bus from New Paltz to New York at 6 am.
So early in the morning, the the Italian students and I went to New York City and we experienced a very powerful feeling: looking at our flag on the Wall Street main entrance, next to the American flag. We were all very proud of that and we took many pictures there. Then we walked into the stock market and we were directed to a conference room where we listened to the Italian prime minister (Enrico Letta) speech about how to get out of the financial crisis and its effects. He also talked about how to push the Italian economy in order to increase the employment rate, especially among young people. As all the financial talks that can affect the investment decisions of a great number of people, it ended before the opening of the stock market at 9.00 am. I am very pleased to have been present to this event because it was important both for me and my personal growth and hopefully also for Italy that is currently in the middle of a very difficult moment because of the financial crisis.