March 2020 Conference – Closing the Age Gap

Update @March 7th, 2020: In compliance with the DPCM issued on March 4th, 2020, all the events scheduled for March are postponed. We will keep you informed on the next events.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

at Grand Hotel Palace, Rome
Via Vittorio Veneto, 70 –  Rome 

CrunchyTales in collaboration with PWA presents

CrunchyTalks: Tales From Midlife Journeys


Do you think midlife is boring? Think twice! There is always a room to learn, teach, and grow throughout life. And when generations come together, everyone benefits from it.

CrunchyTalks is a special project aiming to empower women feeling stuck in the middle of their journey. Whether you are a woman ‘in the middle of a crisis’ or a lady who is fully enjoying the second act of your life, join our event led by the former lifestyle journalist of ‘La Repubblica’, Michela Di Carlo, now founder and editor in chief of, the first solely illustrated online magazine for those ladies who don’t let age define them.

Our aim is to celebrate ladies in all their midlife glory redefining the conversation around middle age, challenging stereotypes and old clichés, building a bridge through generations. Let’s get together for an evening of sharing the good feeling that comes with realising: ‘We are not over the hill!‘

Michela will lead a panel discussion with inspirational women from different backgrounds on various midlife issues, ageing, new challenges and repurpose in life, providing leaders of multiple generations with the knowledge and skills to understand, shape and remove barriers for mutually beneficial relationships.

Michela Di Carlo
Founder and Chief Editor

About our speakers

Valentina Harris

A passionate Italian cook and award-winning author with more than 30 books to her name. Tracing her family back to 1369 through the illustrious Sforza dynasty, Valentina is the youngest member of a large Anglo-Italian family of gourmets. As a regular face at food festivals in the UK, Valentina can be found regularly contributing to radio, TV, newspapers, and magazines. Proud President of the London chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, Valentina is actively committed to strengthening the position of professional women in the world of food, beverage and hospitality, and uses her wealth of experience to mentor young women who dream of a career within it.

Krisztina Szaraz

Global Reward Manager for Kantar Group a market research and data management agency, Krisztina is a HR professional with almost 15 years of experience, specialized in Compensation and Benefits, employee well-being and recognition.

Strong believer in the power of a positive working atmosphere, she regularly participates in seminars on how to engage employees and improve the balance between work and personal life.

Rebecca Weef Smith

With over 30 years of experience in the Fashion Industry, an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, Rebecca (over-50’s influencer and anti-ageism activist) is the founder of GOLDIE Magazine – a glossy lifestyle publication for aspirational over the 40s (as seen on BBC, ITV & Daily Mail) and WearingWellbeing. Her research on Flourishing Fashion was published in the inaugural edition of Fashion Studies.

Registration commences at 18.30. The Conference starts at 19.30 and it will be followed at 20.30 by our networking buffet dinner.
All participants are requested to RSVP by Friday, March 14th via website or to
Free participation for PWA Members
Guests: Conference + buffet dinner – 30€, Conference only – 15€
Prepayment is required with the registration

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