Summer 2020: Space & Confidence

Young Professional Empowerment Seminar Series

Virtual Discussion Forum

Saturday, August 22nd 2020

R.S.V.P.: August 20th



11:00am Log On to Zoom Platform

  • The ​event link will be emailed to all those who register on Eventbrite.

11:05am Welcome Address & Dedication, HYP Event Co-Moderators

  • Alexandra Liotopoulos (President, Ikaros HSA of CUNY Queens College; Programming Director, Philo4Thought)

  • Andi Rustani (Pre-Med, CUNY Hunter; Medical Assistant, Lexington Medical Associates; Internship Director, Philo4Thought)

11:15am PART I (BODY): Health & Safety Precautions 

11:25am PART II (MIND): Creating a Positive, Confident Mindset 

  • Chris Salboudis, Prof., Philosophy & Literature; Life Coach; Educational Administrator; Founding Director, Philo4Thought (NY)

11:35am PART III (SOUL): Designing a Space that Inspires & Empowers


12:15pm Short Break (Featured Video)

12:20pm Open Q&A

12:45pm Closing Remarks


Space & Confidence: Making Space for the Body, Mind & Soul


What is on everyone's mind as the transition to school/work?

  • New definitions of safety and space.  

  • Staying safe while transitioning back to the office....

  • NOT transitioning... and the uncertainty of relocating from professional space for much longer than anticipated.

  • Alleviating common stress factors (e.g., excessive screen time, distractions, etc.) that result from the new norm.

  • Creating a new, more permanent workspace at home with an aesthetic that is functional and will last.

  • Related Overview: Historical considerations about the efficacy of online vs. face-to-face interaction.

PART I: BODY -- Health & Safety Precautions 

  • Is it safe to return to work and/or school?

  • If I can't work from home, how can I to stay safe in public workspaces, classrooms, etc.?

  • A supplementary COVID Resource Center (prepared by Philo4Thought in collaboration with the C.D.C., W.H.O. and members of the Columbia University research community)

PART II: MIND -- Creating a Positive, Confident Mindset

  • Easing anxiety by staying organized and allowing sufficient mental space to complete daily and weekly tasks.

  • Setting up a designated work space at home that makes you feel comfortable & confident.

  • How do I stay organized and distraction-free while working at home?

  • How can a good spatial design boost my productivity?

PART III (PANEL): SOUL -- Designing a Space that Inspires & Empowers

  • What are the most functional designs or tools to incorporate into a new workspace?

  • How can I adjust a temporary workspace to an inspiring permanent home office?

  • Can I create a space that reflects my unique aesthetic but still looks clean and professional?

  • How can I "stage" my workspace to make a positive impression during video presentations & interviews?


  • Attendees may post additional questions in the chat thread for our scheduled speakers to address.



Information covered is helpful for all

  • AP high school graduates transitioning to college

  • College students seeking guidance during the pandemic

  • Students transitioning to graduate or post-graduate programs

  • Young professionals transitioning from school to the workforce

  • Young professionals transitioning between jobs

  • Related service providers (educators, counselors, recruiters)



Please R.S.V.P. by August 20th!

  • This is a FREE EVENT and all are welcome!

  • The event will take place entirely on Zoom.​

  • Only those who register online will receive the Zoom Link and Password.

  • Please share this event announcement with friends!

Join the conversation! Zoom Link for August 22nd

About our 2020-2021 Young Pro. Empowerment Series 




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Philo4Thought is a 501(c)3 philanthropic educational nonprofit foundation dedicated to the young professional community. We are offering this and other free collaborative summer events and ask that those who are able to donate something towards the advancement and continuation of our programming please do so. All amounts are welcome and much appreciated. All charitable donations support our educational programming, publications and College-Bound Young Scholars initiative and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.





We thank those contributing to this event, starting with our guest speakers and strategic partners and

Alexandra Liotopoulos & Andi Rustani @ Philo4Thought

Larendee Roos Nicole Notar @ Roos Advisors

Our esteemed guest speakers.



Dr. Marijo Russell O'Grady, Ph.D.

Dean of Students & Innovative Mentor

(RIP August 8, 2020)


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