Mentoring & Dynamic Narratives

καλό Σάββατο (Happy Saturday)!

The #2017HYP Spring Conference, Greek Legacies: Dynamic Narratives in Film & Performance Arts, is officially a week away! Sound, screens, lights… the Alfred Lerner Cinema awaits. 

In preparation, we invite you to take a step back and consider what it is that we do here and what our “final product” is: Confidence.

From the times of Homer and Aesop to present day Matziaraki, Stephanopoulos, Markakis and Chrissochos, we are known for crafting stories that become epic and legend. Consider that at one point an ant can be a great hero, and in modern times a humble Coast Guard can save the lives of so many — our determination and generosity in WWII is as epic as our rebirth from crisis now. 

The Greek narrative is considered “dynamic” on a variety of levels — music, dance, film, — that will be discussed at the conference. Everyone experiences their highs and lows. The gift that our guest speakers and esteemed Honorees have made possible is to bring the experience, the process, and the success to life for you, the 21-Century audience.

Included is a panel about another aspect of the Greek Diaspora to discuss how we educate the community and foster an appreciation for traditional and contemporary themes in classrooms and popular journals.

Our final discussion, sponsored by our friends at Pardalis & Nohavicka, will focus on the pragmatic aspects of the entertainment industry, discussing the legal concerns and perspectives that new members of this profession should be aware of as they prepare launch a new project.  

We invite you to attend — to discuss the legacy that is cherished, retold, reinvented, and brought to light by our speakers and honorees in a way that helps secure the education and improvement of today’s youth, encouraging new adventure and, we hope, leaving you with the confidence and network you need to take the next step in the creative field of your choosing.

We look forward not only to seeing you next Saturday but to hearing about your story… and your ultimate success in the years to come. Be confident, and take the time to know what is in your heart. Be attentive, and seek out every opportunity to learn, to grow, to shine. We’re rooting for you!

We also invite you to attend the upcoming Columbia Film Festival, which launches on May 10th. Click here for details. 

Leaving you with the recommendation from our #HYTeenBeat author to watch the feature film Swing Away about a young person who builds herself up with help from a great mentor.

SWING AWAY HIT SONG “STRONGER” BY ATHENA ANDREADIS (CLICK!)

 

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Striking a Chord: Balancing Creativity & Analytics

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our January 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 honoree Christos Markakis, Senior Business Systems Analyst at the celebratory activities for the Pancretan Association of Americas’ centennial celebration of Crete’s unification with Greece in 2013. He is currently President of the Pancretan Youth Association and is an avid philanthropic participant in several Hellenic initiatives designed to help promote creativity and cultural pride among today’s youth. He is a fine example of our Hellenic youth who is at once connected to his family and culture while still searching for new opportunities. We are honored to share his story with you today.

ARTICLE LINK: Striking a Chord: Balancing Creativity & Analytics

CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Christos Markakis for sharing his story with us and to all those who contributed to this story, including our graphic designer Menios Georgopoulos as well as Mary Papadakis and the members of the Pancretan Association of America who recommended the interview.  

 

Rocking the World: History’s New Sound

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our October 2016 Young Professional of the Month! October 2016 marked our 4th Annual Founder’s Day celebration! Our team is pleased to present one of our specially featured Young Professionals of the Month to mark the occasion!

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.

After years of “following” the remarkable community events and musical achievements of Vassilios Chrissochos, we are pleased to be able to present you with an account of his personal and professional journey as a musician, artist, historian, and philanthropist.

ARTICLE LINK: Rocking the World: History’s New Sound

CREDITS & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Vassilios Chrissochos and his family for sharing this month’s feature story with us and for providing the photographs from Porphyra’s various performances. Special thanks to Constantine Sirigos and Mike Risko Savvas for making the introductions and to  Menios Georgopoulos of MG Design for providing the graphics for this feature article.