The National Hellenic Society helped sponsor the Hellenic American Women's Council (HAWC) at their annual conference, held November 2-3, 2018 in Washington, DC. The conference featured panel presentations by the Honorable Barbara S. Pope, Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy & Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department, and the Honorable Andrew Natsios, Former Director of US Agency for International Development, & Director of World Vision. The panel presentations were moderated by Paul Glastris, Editor in Chief of The Washington Monthly. The keynote speaker for the weekend was Ms. Thalia Assuras, former television journalist, CBS, who was also honored with the prestigious Aristeon Award.
NHS Boston co-hosted with the New England region of Hellenic American Woman's Council (HAWC) on the topic of Greek wines and spirits. The inaugural presenter and speaker was Effie Panagopoulos, who was the first Greek woman in history to self-start a liquor brand. With KLEOS Mastiha spirit, she has created Greece's first luxury spirit brand, with her eyes set on creating the "new" Metaxa, and having a bottle of KLEOS on every bar. Effie spoke about her upbringing, experience in the Greek spirits industry and the reason why she decided to try this venture on her own.
By Victoria Raschi, HG 2017
A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Hellenic American Women’s Council’s (HAWC) Annual Conference. HAWC is a nationwide network whose mission is to identify and harness the tremendous talents of Hellenic American women. HAWC’s goal is to empower members and assist them to assume leadership positions in the nation, communities, and respective fields of endeavor. HWAC works towards this mission by focusing on education and networking, both of which were emphasized at the conference. Among HAWC’s membership are impressive, strong, and dedicated women, many of whom attended the conference. The air was filled with a fresh feeling of female motivation, leadership, and empowerment.
There were three panelists each very inspiring and influential. One of the panelists was our very own Noël Demetria Giglio, HGAN National Co-Chair and 2013 Heritage Greece Alumna. Noël is in-house Legal Counsel at Philips North America. She focuses her practice on anti- bribery and anti- corruption in the healthcare-medical device space. Among her responsibilities, is managing the US healthcare compliance acquisition work-stream from due diligence to integration, which was the focus of her presentation. As an attorney, she spoke about the behind the scenes preparation and factors evaluated when buying and selling a start-up business. It was an amazing atmosphere to be surrounded by so many female Greek leaders and to be able to support Noël. This was the first HG event that I have attended other than the actual trip, it was a 5 minute walk from my college campus and it really proved to me that HG and NHS are everywhere. I was interested in attending this event because as a woman in the arts, it is easy to feel overlooked, but attending this conference was a great reminder and boost to my confidence reinforcing that women are getting the recognition that they deserve. I am also currently minoring in entrepreneurship, so I knew the conference would be relevant to my studies.
The other two panelists were very informative as well, Giorgos Zacharia, CTO of Kayak, and Andrew Demakis, Director of Foodservices at Old Neighborhood Foods. Giorgios was an inspirational speaker! Not only did I learn a lot about when to purchase airline tickets, but he is a classic example of coming from a big family and working hard. Andrew Demakis provided a different perspective as a Director at a family business in the food industry that got its start with loukaniko, deeply rooted in their Greek culture. Although I’m a vegetarian so I don’t eat loukaniko, it was a great reference to illustrate the importance of education, family, and hard work.
All three panelists conveyed the two foundational pillars of HAWC, education and networking, very well. I was not only inspired by the panelists but by the women who attended the event, leaving me with hope that I can become a leader as well.
The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) held their Annual Conference from November 3-4, 2017 in Boston. The topic of the conference was “Facets of Entrepreneurship: Creativity and Courage to Commit, highlighting panelists Andrew Demakes, Giorgos Zacharia, and Noel Giglio. In addition to working for Philips Healthcare, Noel serves as National Co-Chair of the NHS’ Heritage Greece Alumni Network. For more information about HAWC, please click here!
The NHS Attended the Hellenic American Women’s Council 2016 Annual Conference held on Saturday, December 3, 2016. They hosted a panel discussion on safety and how to react to threats, and panelists included: moderator Laura Evans Manatos, Dr. Terry Gudaitis, Debra Anderson, Stephanie Samoska, and Andrew Rogers. The keynote speaker and Aristeon Award honoree was Her Excellency, Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis.