David: Wine Company Owner & Producer, Leading with Italian
Professionals across industries and skill levels are sharing how they Lead with Languages:
“I use the Italian language every day of the week to communicate with my suppliers, wine makers, agronomist, and team in Italy.”
Meet David—Owner/Producer at Altaneve, a wine production and import company
Languages: Italian & basic French
Grew Up In: New York, Puerto Rico, Ireland, France & Italy
College: University of Colorado, Boulder (undergraduate) & Columbia Business School (MBA)
Majors: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Study Abroad: Ireland, France & Italy
How do you use your language skills in your work/career?
I use the Italian language every day of the week to communicate with my suppliers, wine makers, agronomist, and team in Italy.
What is the biggest misconception Americans have about learning languages?
Many Americans grow up surrounded by English-only speaking people and don’t appreciate the fast-growing population of foreign born individuals who need to be served and sold to in their native languages, particularly in big metropolitan cities. They might also be surprised to know the extent to which this population, including educated native Spanish, Chinese, and Hindi speaking people, among others, is entering the U.S. workplace.
Do you have an interesting, moving, or humorous anecdote featuring your language skills to share?
NYC has a large population of native Italian speaking people, and many thousands of Italian tourists that visit each year. I use my Italian language skills on a weekly basis with business owners, waiters, waitresses, tourists, etc. Just last week I assisted an Italian family and gave them directions to Lincoln Center.
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