Spring 2021 Symposium:

Leadership, Empowerment & Society

Virtual Symposium

Saturday, May 2020

(Additional Information TBA January 2020)

REGISTRATION: Online registration is available through April 25th, 2021.

All are welcome to attend! (Join our mailing list for future updates!)



The event will take place entirely on Zoom (direct event link will be added in May 2020). Featured speakers will lend their unique insight and expertise regarding empowerment strategies that top leaders in their industry use to ensure individual and team success (with a predictive look forward). To obtain the event password you must register online through Eventbrite.


  • Predictive trends in innovation, technology, business and investments.

  • Strategic branding, marketing and networking.

  • Direct and extended impact of current and predicted trends on industry, shipping and trade, community development and city planning.

  • Financial and legal concerns for intellectual property and the future of research, development & innovation in an increasingly digital age.

  • Educational opportunities and professional career paths in predictive forecasting and related fields.

  • Concurrent networking opportunities. Topics include: Women & Leadership, Litigation & Class Actions,  Innovative Business Strategies, Public Relations, Branding & Marketing, and more.​ 

ITINERARY: The following is the schedule in Eastern Standard Time

  • 11:00am:   General Welcome & Introductions

  • 11:05am:   Opening Address: Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, Consul General of Greece in New York

  • 11:10am:    Panel 1: Leadership & Empowerment -- Team-Building Strategies

  • 11:45am:    Keynote Address: TBA January 2021

  • 12:15pm:    Panel 2: Empowerment, Self & Society

  • 12:45pm:    Panel 3: Empowerment & Technology

  • 01:15pm:    HYP Awards Ceremony, Closing Remarks​​ & Interactive Networking Reception



REGISTRATION: Registration open through April 25th 

  • College Students: FREE Registration (using official college email)

  • General Registration: Suggested Donation, $30 on Eventbrite.

  • Philo4Thought HYP Passport Members: $15 with Eventbrite Discount Code

  • To become a Passport Member, click here.


Phil4Thought is a 501(c)3 nonprofit philanthropic educational foundation. All ticket proceeds are donations (tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law) in support of our College-Bound Young Scholars initiative;


Click any of the photos below for a biography on our featured Speakers, Honorees, and HYP Moderators.

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Alexandra Liotopoulos

Business & Political Science

CUNY Queens College

Andi Rustani


CUNY Hunter College


Lexington Medical Associates, NYC

Medical Director, Dr. George Liakeas, and the team of specialists at Lexington Medical Associates have taken remarkably proactive steps in educating and treating the community while allaying fears and concerns caused by the massive COVID-19 global health crisis of 2020. Learn more about their premier Concierge Medical Practice right here in the heard of NYC. We commend their team and all essential medical workers for their tireless efforts.

Columbia University Teachers College

At this time, we would like to extend special thanks to Professor Susan Lowes, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University Teachers College, and CUIT for helping us make the transition to Zoom for our 2020 Spring Symposium. 

International Business Management (Greece), Global Initiatives, St. John's University

Assistant Provost for Global Initiatives, Dr. Zoe Petropoulou, together with Dr. Athanasia (Nancy) Biska (Modern Greek Language) and Dr. John Angelidis (International Business Management) have worked diligently to develop a dynamic, sustainable program that combines intensive courses in Modern Greek Language and Culture with principles of International Management in the Greek business sector. The course includes travel to Greece to gain first-hand knowledge of the principles presented by the lead instructors.

Center for Executive Education, Tobin College of Business, St. John's University

On Thursday, May 14, the Center for Executive Education at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business will launch the continuation of their Art at Risk: Fortune, Fame and Fashion conference series, building on the successful fine arts conference held in 2019, incorporating panels and alternating case studies for the 2020 event. Conference topics cover broad implications of collecting from pop culture, particularly as it relates to famous people and events, covering the "lifecycle" of either a single object or a collection, meaning acquisition, retention, and disposition, and what factors come into play in each stage. This and related conferences are designed for new and experienced collectors, insurers, lawyers, conservators, appraisers, and collecting institutions such as museums and libraries.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

As always, we wish our young graduates and professionals all the best in the next steps of your journey! New graduates in attendance at the symposium will be recognized at the conclusion of our awards ceremony. Please let us know at sign-in.


We thank those contributing to this event, starting with our annual scholarship sponsors as well as the following:


Consulate General of Greece in New York

Cyprus Consulate in New York

Cypriot Embassy Trade Center of New York

NYS Attorney General Leticia James

NYS Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi


Space & Technical Coordination

Columbia University


Mercury LLC

Guest Speakers & Administrative Support

Tototheo Maritime

W.I.S.T.A. International


Innovation Accelerator

Pardalis & Nohavicka LLC

NYC Network Group

Styled Sharp

Roos Advisors

Hellenic American Bankers Association

Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce

National Hellenic Students Association


Thalassa Restaurant

For Five Coffee

Martha's Country Bakery

Staples Astoria

Target Forest Hills

Scholarship Contributors

International Meat Market

Yefsi Estiatorio

Omega Wines & Spirits

Pel-Bay Reality

Titan Foods

The Grand

Creativity & Mental Health Counseling

Creative Support

Rei Brown

High School of Art & Design

for embracing and interpreting

the spirit of Hellenism

in our 2020 promotional video! 

MG Design

Athens, Greece

for their ongoing creative support.

Athena Andreadis & Ethan Allen

Athena Music, UK

for the use of "Stronger" in this year's featured video.

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