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.  

 

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Education & Environment: Creative Engines Set Sail

Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our January 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 this month’s honoree, Dean Petikas, at a local Hellenic Student Association holiday tour several years ago. He is an avid participant in several events hosted by the National Hellenic Student Association as well as several other local organizations designed to help promote creativity and cultural pride among Hellenic 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: Education & Environment: Creative Engines Set Sail

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  Special thanks to Dean Petikas for sharing his story with us, to Menios Georgopoulos at MG Design for the creative artwork, and to our new webmaster at NY Omega Designs for creating the new “home” for our future publications and programming.

Creating a Healthier Future

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The Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative presents the December 2014 “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 our December YPM, Elena Toumaras — Registered Dietitian and fitness expert, and founder of Compleat Health & Fitness — at the New York Dog House one chilly afternoon in Astoria NY. Her cheerful energy and diversified activities to promote Healthy Living and contribute to the Greek community are truly an inspiration to us all. Take a look at her journey and ongoing accomplishments.

ARTICLE: Creating a Healthier Future

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Many thanks to Elena Toumaras for sharing her story with us. Special thanks to Vlad Stern and the NYDH team for your consistent support and for allowing us to conduct Philo4Thought’s ALS Challenge and portions of this interview at your restaurant.

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