By Catherine Tsounis
“The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity,” said Benjamin Disraeli, British politician and author. This is the guiding force behind the Hermes Young Professionals INITIATIVE (HYPI). Networking and synergizing (cooperation with one another) was the focus of the February 25th Saturday luncheon at the Martinique Café of the Radisson Hotel at 32nd St. and Broadway, New York. Prominent persons who attended included: Dr. Spyros Mezitis, President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of North America, sponsor of the HYP luncheon, Director Elias Tomazos and Mrs. Tomazos of the Paideia Program of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Paul Kotrotsios HANC, Dr. Konstantinos Drosatos HBSA-USA, Dr. Elias Iliadis HMSP, Dr. Ananeas Adamidis, Dr. Despina Siolas, Christine Salboudis, Elias Degermenztidis, Angela Spirou, Margaret Skourlis, Katerina Koriki and persons of all fields.
Director Tomazos offered a scholarship for study abroad in Greece this summer for a member of HYPI. His action sets a precedent for others to offer similar scholarships for up and coming young professionals. For more information on Professor Tomazos’ programs email[email protected] and visit www.paideiaonline.org.
“Our mission is you,” said Aphrodite Kotrotsios, Executive Director of HYPI. “Our committee is investing in the future of Hellenism. We want to provide young Greek-Americans with a forum to connect and learn from leaders of various fields. We are an inclusive organazition.” Demetrios Soultogiannis added, “our goal is to give a voice and direction to our youth. We are aiming to give them access to the immense potential and resources within our community.” Elias Degermentzidis, a student at Drexel University, said“the event was a huge success. Everyone was mingling and meeting fellow professionals. It was a big step for the Initiative and we hope to build on it.”
“I was born in Astoria, New York of a Pontian Greek family,” said Dr. Ananeas Adamidis, HYPI Board Member. “I was away from Hellenism. I am amazed by Paul Kotrotsios’ networking and helping college students and the Greek community as a whole.” Margaret Skourlis, who participated in American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Foreign Policy College Student Trip to Cyprus and Greece, explained that she enjoyed “attending the Professional Growth & Youth Mentor Fair Seminar in 2011. American Hellenic Institute President Nick Larigakis presentation at HYPI’S conference inspired me to apply forthis AHI program to learn policy that would enable me to become a leader in the Greek American community and to help invoke change within the society.” Dr. Despina Siolas said she “recently became involved with HYPI last year and was delighted to help young Hellenes prosper professionally. I am interested in hearing about the business aspect of medicine and updates in the financial future of Greece at the 2012 Hermes Expo International.”
“It’s not only about whom you know, but how well they know you,” says Paul Kotrotsios, the President and Founder of Hermes Expo International. Hermes Expo is in its 21st year gathering Hellenes, and Phil-Hellenes together from all fields in America, Greece and Europe. We have the honor of associating with successful figures of the world. 2012 Hermes Expo International represents an exchange of ideas, synergizing, learning from a variety of business, education seminars, symposiums and seeing services and products of the world market.”
HYPI invites “all to attend our next major event on Thursday, March 29th at the ‘Taste of Greece- Food and Wine Tasting.