2009-2019 Anniversary!

We’re celebrating our 10th year of community service. This blog post is dedicated to all those who have been following our progress since 2009.

TIMELINE:

2009

  • First Discussion Group & Blog Post

2010

  • First Event Sponsor, Nassau Diner, NYC

2011-2013

2014

  • Philo4Thought Established as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit
  • First Annual Hellenic Young Professional (HYP) Conference, Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • First Young Professional of the Month Bio
  • First workshop held, Popular Bank, Astoria
  • First Certificate Excellence for Lifetime Achievements issued in collaboration with New York State
  • First formal grant and sponsorship requests

2015

  • New http://www.Philo4Thought.org, launched
  • First Annual Accent & Image Career Advisory Brunch, Yefsi Estiatorio Sun Room
  • First formal collaboration with the Consul General and the Greek Press Office
  • First full coverage of the annual Greek Independence Day Parade
  • Second Annual HYP Conference, Columbia University Northwest Corner
  • First set of HYP Certificates of Excellence awarded to Outstanding Young Pros

2016

  • First Year of Mentoring Monday monthly workshop/discussion series, Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Second Annual Accent & Image Career Advisory Brunch, St. Demetrios Church
  • Third Annual HYP Conference, Columbia University Lerner Hall
  • First set of Chickpea Awards issued to Outstanding Youth

2017

  • 200,000 assisted through http://www.Philo4Thought.org
  • Mentoring Monday monthly pop-up boutique workshops
  • Third Annual Accent & Image Career Advisory Brunch, Stathakion Center
  • Fourth Annual HYP Conference, Columbia University Roone Arledge Cinema
  • First musical/theatrical performance hosted

2018

  • Fourth Annual Accent & Image Career Advisory Brunch, Stathakion Center
  • First collaborative clothing drive with Hellenic Relief Foundation
  • Fifth Annual HYP Conference, Consulate General of Greece in New York
  • First set of New York State “Triple C” Awards issued to Outstanding Youth
  • First event video and photo gallery

2019

A million thanks to all our viewers, mentors and sponsors for making each of these landmark moments possible!

We hope you’ll join us at Wells Fargo on May 31st! Click here for the event details:

2019 Community & Technology STEM Symposium

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Improving Quality of Life in the Big Apple

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our November 2017 Young Professional of the Month! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. Preliminary criteria for YPM candidates is that they are actively engaged in an entrepreneurial initiative or have made a successful career for themselves, thereby serving as strong role models to the next generation of young professionals. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a humanitarian (educational, sociological, scientific, etc.) or environmentally — conscious field. Given the gradual expansion of our readership, we interview candidates who embrace a specific Hellenic philosophy best described in a word… Philotimo (φιλότιμο). The most important qualifications all our candidates share are the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.

We had the pleasure of meeting month’s YPM – Assemblywoman and 2017 NYC Republican Mayoral Candidate, Nicole Malliotakis – at the 2017 Archons Weekend in October. Her proactive dedication to serving the citizens of New York began at a very young age and has brought her to this moment, with the election only a few days away. Her amazing energy and thoughtfulness sets a remarkable standard for today’s youth and young professionals. We are very honored to share her story with you today.

ARTICLE LINK: Improving Quality of Life in the Big Apple

RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Nicole Malliotakis for taking the time to share her story with us. Special thanks to Maria Frantzis, President of Hellenic Professional Women, and Gavin Wax, Founder of Gramercy Supply Corp. and a dedicated member of the 2017 Malliotakis mayoral campaign team.

Dress for the Life You Choose

It’s important to look your best to make a lasting and positive impression on others, but must we spend a fortune to do so?

A few years ago I worked with a young professional who was about to graduate from a very prestigious MBA program. He had just gotten married to a very stylish young lady and was still in debt from their engagement and wedding. Every day he wore a very simple uniform (Khakis and executive plaid, compliments of The GAP) and ate a small Tupperware’s worth of lunch while surfing the internet. Presuming that he was either working or studying over his lunch break, one afternoon I suggested he go out for a walk and enjoy the day. “Take a break for once.”

TimingThat’s when he shared that over his lunch break he browses for his dream wardrobe — the one he will buy as a gift to himself upon graduating, when he doesn’t have to be a student worker. “See this? This is what my friends all wear to work. I want to look like that. I’ve been saving up. If you want to look and be successful you have to dress the part.” He was just biding his time to purchase the first item on his list — a $1,000 watch. 

At first I thought he was joking, but he then went on to explain how he did this for specific status items: His wife’s favorite earrings (and matching engagement/wedding bands), their home, his dream watch, and so on.

I’d honestly never thought about it — I was preparing to become a college professor and a writer — but really, when we dress for work we’re expected to reflect certain messages. It’s essential to look confident, knowledgeable, successful, and approachable no matter what type of job you have in order to be taken seriously among your clients and peers. 

With this in mind, there are certain things to take into consideration:

cchprofessionals(1) Know the environment: A job in an executive firm, administrative office, a fitness center, an educational facility, a construction site, the ballet… each profession has a type of costume or uniform that is appropriate for that milieu. Know how to dress the part.

Five hundred replicas of the Stormtroopers characters from "Star Wars" are seen on the steps at the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall of China during a promotional event for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" film, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

(2) Wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you: It’s so important to let yourself shine through by picking clothes that suit you (pun intended). No matter what your friends, colleagues or mentors are wearing, don’t just become their clone. See how they dress but pick a style, size and color palate that best suits you. (Not sure how to gauge what works best for you? Contact Tavia Sharp of Styled Sharp for a consultation.)

(3) Have the essentials without spending a fortune: While my colleague was systemically paying a fortune to impress his peers, it’s best to be reasonable about building your wardrobe. Know what you need to have to make a good, positive impression versus what you want to have in order to impress.

For Women: The following are recommended (fitted, not tight)…
— A Coat/Trench (Winter/Spring)
— Tailored Jacket
— Suit (Winter/Spring)
— Pants (Winter/Spring)
— Pencil skirt(s) (watch the hemline)
— Basic Blouse (watch the neckline…)
— Silhouette Dress (watch the neck/hemline)
— “Work Jeans” (at least one nice pair for Casual Friday)
— Work Flats
— Work Heels
(Click here for additional tips.)

For Men: The following are recommended (fitted, not tight)…
— A Coat/Trench (Winter/Spring)
— Tailored Jacket/Blazer
— Suit & Suit Separates (Seasonal Vests/Pants)
— Basic Dress Shirts
— Dress Pants (watch the hemline)
— “Work Jeans” (at least one nice pair for Casual Friday)
— Work Shoes
— Dress Shoes
— Ties
(Click here for additional tips.)

Appropriate accessories include a reliable watch plus choice of belts, ties, jewelry, etc. that suit your position, personality and environment. (To make a positive impression it’s good to be original, but not over the top.)

Colors and patterns should be in keeping with the season. Standard business attire include shades of black, blue, grey, beige and white with some pops of color to suit the season and your personality.

A nice wardrobe does not make up for poor personal hygiene. “Sound body, sound mind” is a Greek expression passed to us by Thales of Miletus (ca.600BC). Your overall appearance is a reflection of your confidence but also of your mental health and aptitudes. 

(4) What makes your outfit look great? POSTURE, POSTURE, POSTURE! Even if you’re wearing a newly tailored Armani and driving a Lamborghini (or, you know, a Maserati if you’re really slumming), if your posture does not look confident no one will take you seriously. Know how to “Walk the walk.”

(5) Be ABLE to walk the walk: Related to #3 and #4 above, I’ve seen both guys and gals wear shoes and other clothing items that kill them just because they’re a name brand. Before you splurge on a temptingly high-end item just remember that you won’t impress anyone if you look like you can’t walk towards them in shoes that cause as much pain as an Iron Maiden (or constantly fidgeting with some part of your outfit).

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