Creator and Founder, “Be the Difference – Never Again”
Ms. Bettina Nicolosi is the creator and founder of Be the Difference – Never Again, an international program focusing on learning about individuals who helped others, inspiring people to take action in their lives to make a difference.
She developed marketing and public relation opportunities for her impactful book, It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust, bringing to light the little-known history of how approximately 80% of the Jews were saved in Italy during the Holocaust. She co-produced the documentary, My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust which was inspired by her book and work. Isabella Rossellini is the narrator. Elizabeth was instrumental in raising over $1.5 million to fund the documentary.
She has delivered 100+ invited lectures and presentations in the U.S. Canada, Mexico, France and Italy at various universities, colleges, schools and organizations, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and the American Consulate in Florence on her book, documentary and the Be the Difference – Never Again program.
She also created and directed fundraising projects, awareness campaigns and action programs for various organizations, including the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, PBS Stories of Service, Home for Our Troops and the FDNY Foundation.
Ms. Bettina Nicolosi is an advocate for U.S. military and veterans, Holocaust education and Interfaith relations. She created world class celebrations to honor World War II Veterans for their service in New York City and coordinated events with the New York City Department of Veterans Affairs, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Times Square, ABC/Disney, the New York Giants and others to honor World War II Veterans for their service. She also worked with the American Embassy to the Holy See, leaders of Rome’s Jewish community, Vatican officials, to organize visits with Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis for Holocaust survivors, rescuers, and Good Samaritans.
Ms. Bettina Nicolosi studied and worked in Florence, Italy and Paris, France, speaks Italian fluently and has a working proficiency in French. She is a graduate of Smith College with a dual degree in Economics and Italian Language and Literature.