Those Who Care…Teach!

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our December 2016 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 month’s YPM, Tamika Maria Tompoulidis, through her proactive participation in the National Hellenic Students Association (NHSA). Her amazing energy and thoughtfulness is dedicated to helping and educating others as a mentor and instructor. She is a remarkable example of a proactive young Hellene whose story we are honored to share with you today.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (FALL 2016): Those Who Care…Teach!

FLASH FORWARD (FALL 2017): Tamika was recently appointed to the Office of Student Affairs as a Career Coach and College Recruiter on addition to her ongoing responsibilities as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. She is also currently a Humanities Faculty Advisor and member of the Executive Board for Philo4Thought, which allows her to serve the Hellenic youth and young professional community in a philanthropic advisory and instructional capacity; she is also a member of the Executive Board for the National Hellenic Students Association of North America (NHSA), helping to prepare events and assist in community outreach and member/resource recruitment. 

CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Tamika Tompoulidis for sharing her story with us and to all those who contributed to this story, including Konstantine Ouranitsas, the National Hellenic Students Association of North America and the Federation of Hellenic Societies for Greater New York!

Dobros: Leadership & Legacy

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our September 2016 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 and honor to interview this month’s YPM, Paraskevas A. Ntompros, live at Cafe 360 in Monasteraki, Athens, on the 100-year anniversary of the individual who inspired the Philo4Thought initiative. He is an avid supporter of today’s youth and of Greek culture and traditions, which he supports through his various efforts as a performer, researcher and instructor. He is a fine example of our community, keeping the to the classical Socratic concept that even as “masters” of our profession we are always the students of life. We are honored to share his story with you today. 

ARTICLE LINK: Dobros: Leadership & Legacy

CREDITS & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Paraskevas A. Ntompros for sharing his story with us and for providing the photographs from his various performances and dance groups. Special thanks to the amazing staff at Cafe 360 in Athens for patiently allowing the interview, to Ovelia in Astoria for providing the background for our graphics work, and to Menios Georgopoulos of MG Design for providing the graphics for this feature article.

Leadership in Motion

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The Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our July 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 had the pleasure of communicating with this month’s young professional, Nikolaos Markakis, throughout the year to help other youth who were interested in dance and choreography connect with like-minded professionals. In the process we were delighted to find that he is an active member of the Hellenic who values the traditions and ethical standards that will make him a successful professional and a model mentor to youth everywhere.

ARTICLE: Leadership In Motion

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  Many thanks to Nikolaos Markakis for sharing his story with us, to Cynthia Fotiou Papadakis of Cynthia P. Photography for the superb photography and to Menios Georgopoulous of MG Design for the wonderful graphics. Special thanks to Professor Marie Rickard (Master of Winters College), Stavros Antonakakis (1st Vice President of the Pancretan Association of America, aka PAA), Christos Markakis (President of the Pancretan Youth Association, aka PYA), Katerina Makridakis (2013-2015 PYA President), Mary Papadakis (2013-2015 PYA Secretary), and the many others who were in contact with us to offer testimonial statements of our vibrant and respected young professional.

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