Art & Nurture: Managing a Balanced Personal & Professional Life

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our February 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 currently 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 this month’s young professional, Christina Karahalios, Senior Director of Operations at a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea and mother of three at the Youth Dance Group of Minos Cretan Syllogo (Astoria, NY), back in 2014. She is an avid philanthropic participant in several initiatives and a fine example of our Hellenic young professional community. We are honored to share her story with you today.

ARTICLE LINK: Art & Nurture: Managing a Balanced Personal & Professional Life

CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Christina Karahalios for sharing her story with us and to all those who contributed to this story, including our graphic designer Menios Georgopoulos and the members of the Pancretan Association of America who recommended the interview.

Creatively Psyched!

DSC_5195 new-2The Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative presents our January 2015 “Young Professional of the Month” Feature Article! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. A preliminary criterion for #YPM candidates is their active engagement in an entrepreneurial initiative or career path. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a philanthropic, humanitarian or environmentally conscious field. The most essential qualification they have in common, however, is the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.

We interviewed this month’s featured young professional, Olga Gonithellis, at Grand Café in Astoria NY one sunny afternoon and were so pleased to find out about her progress in the field of Psychology! We are honored to start the year by sharing her professional journey with you, dear readers.

ARTICLE: Creatively Psyched

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Many thanks to Olga Gonithellis for sharing her story with us. Special thanks to the courteous staff at Grand Café for allowing us to conduct the interview at your restaurant.

Honoring A Hellenic Legend: Nikos Kazantzakis

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 Nikos Kazantzakis

(1883-1957)

Today is the birthday of a very famous Cretan author and Philosopher, Nikos Kazantzakis!

Most people know Kazantzakis best for his book, Zorba the Greek. I love this work because it is basically about the mentors we encounter in life, and about maintaining a positive outlook for ourselves and others, regardless of our personal circumstances. I recommend you explore the rest of his work if you have the opportunity. He had a great gift for showing us the beauty embedded in every crux of our life paths, the reasons for embracing the great moments, the pragmatic sense of letting things go. His poet’s heart loved so deeply and inspired so many….

To celebrate the occasion, we ask you to take a moment to look at Kazantzakis’ biography, and that you stand tall, let go, and dance one round in his honor, compliments of Mikis Theodorakis.

Ela!

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