WASHINGTON - The NHS and Manatos & Manatos, a leading government relations and advocacy firm, collaborated to develop the NHS Heritage America Program -- an experiential odyssey connecting Greek-American college students to their Hellenic roots, heritage and culture within the context and resources Washington, DC has to offer. This past weekend, selected candidates met a who's-who of Greek-American decision makers, business leaders and other important contacts who will serve as future mentors and career guides for Heritage America alumni.
NHS Program Director Fanis Economides commended Andy & Mike Manatos for their ideas, implementation & in leveraging their contact base in collaboration with the NHS to coordinating meetings with a “Who’s Who” of Washington. The individuals the students met eagerly passed on inspiring stories and advice about what it takes to succeed in their careers and lives and the importance Hellenic heritage plays in shaping their respective careers. NHS chapters will adapt & tailor the Heritage America Program and duplicate this success at the local level. The Program’s impact is substantial and long-term.
Over the course of the four day program, students had the opportunity to meet with an extraordinary roster of important Greek Americans and to visit Washington’s epic landmarks. The students were actually in the White House West Wing at the very moment the military coup in Turkey began and witnessed top White House National Security staff rushing to the White House Situation Room. The students participated in an exclusive tour of the US Capitol Building highlighting the influence of Constantino Brumidi, and learned about the Greek influence on other Washington DC landmarks by George Washington University Associate Professor Diane Cline, Ph.D. The students visited The Greeks exhibit at the National Geographic museum, hosted by National Geographic's Vice President of Exhibitions, Kathryn Keane and were able to take a sneak peek at the NHS & National Geographic collaborative "Greek Guide to Greatness" digital series. Other notable tours included Major League Baseball's iconic Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles, Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies, Republican National Committee headquarters, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s office and Operations Center, and the Voice of America, with live TV & radio broadcasts worldwide.
Heritage America Photo Galleries
The Who's Who of outstanding Hellenes with whom the students met in four short days is as follows:
Cabinet Secretaries and Party Heads:
Individual meetings with Members of Congress:
Senior White House and Administration Officials:
Senior US Congress Staff:
Prominent Lobbyists and Attorneys:
Heads of National Greek-American Organizations