HYP Spring Symposium: Business, Innovation & Society

11am, Saturday, May 16, 2020

St. John's University Manhattan Campus

101 Astor Place, N.Y.C. 10003


Due to current safety measures to mobilize and

address the current global health crisis,

we are moving this to a fully online event.

We will post event updates below after April 1st.

Till then, we wish you all well.
Stay safe at home! 

In the spirit of our 2019 Community & Technology Symposium, our Spring 2020 Symposium will feature discussions with specialists who can offer their unique insight into business and innovative trends and ventures (with a predictive look forward). All are welcome to attend! (Join our mailing list for future updates!)

Online registration for this Virtual Symposium is available through May 10th. Please click on our promotional video! Creative Credits: Video Animation and Edits, Rei Brown (Animation, HSAD Class of 2020). Featured Song "Stronger from Athena Andreades hit album, Ready for the Sun (composers Athena Andreadis and Ethan Allen).




  • Predictive trends in innovation and technology.

  • Predictive trends in business and investments.

  • Strategic branding, marketing and networking.

  • Direct and extended impact of current and predicted trends on industry, marketing, 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.

LOCATION: (Transitioning to virtual platform, Zoom)

  • SYMPOSIUM: Originally scheduled to take place at SJU's Manhattan Campus (101 Astor Place, NYC 10003), our team has been working with specialists round the clock to transition this event to a Virtual Symposium. All scheduled talks along with the awards ceremony will take place online as follows: 


ITINERARY: (Revised for virtual Symposium through Zoom)


SYMPOSIUM Registration open through May 10th 

  • College Students: FREE Registration (though some donation is appreciated)

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


Additional Discounts:


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:

  1. the support of our College-Bound Young Scholars initiative;

  2. improvements to existing advisory programs and publications;

  3. research to identify and support valuable beneficial resources for our local, regional and global communities;

  4. recruit new contributors to our monthly newsletter.


  • Standard business attire.

  • Click Here for a few general tips on standard business attire or speak with one of our recommended stylists to find your new Young Professional look!


See clickable links below for Speaker & Moderator bios.


Keynote Honoree

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou

CEO, Tototheo Maritime

President, WISTA International

NYS Certificate of Excellence: Lifetime Achievement

Carol Contos

Philanthropist & Retired Instructor

Daughters of Penelope 2019 Woman of the Year

NYS Certificate of Excellence: Outstanding Community Outreach Group

Annunciation Church Young Professional Ministry

V. Rev. Fr. Chrystosomos Gilbert, Director

NYS Certificate of Excellence: Outstanding HYPs

Ted Anastasiou, Esq.

Mercury LLC

Hellenic American Leadership Council

Konstantinos Kalaitzidis

Curator and Lead Organizer


Deacon Sotiri Michalatos

Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

NYS Attorney General's Certificate, Honoring Outstanding Merit & Valor

Konstantina Kalliontzi

Undergraduate, Economics, Politics & International Relations, University College Dublin

Social Media Manager and Translator, TEDxUTHLarissa

NYS Attorney General's Triple C Award Honorees &

Philo4Thought College-Bound Young Scholars Stipend Recipients

Matina Theodoropoulos

General Studies

St. Demetrios High School

Georgia Liotopoulos

Life Sciences

The Mary Louis Academy

Rei Brown

Graphics & Animation

High School of Art & Design

Certificate of Merit & Service

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.

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 are honored to have St. John's UniversityThalassa Restaurant, For Five Coffee, Martha's Country Bakery and the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce as the main food, venue & reception sponsors for this event. Special thanks to Tototheo Maritime, W.I.S.T.A., Bloomberg, HABAInnovation Accelerator, Pardalis & Nohavicka LLC, NYC Network Group, Roos Advisors, GreekTech, Mercury LLC, and our friends at the offices of the Consulate General of Greece in New York, the Cyprus Consulate in New York and the Cypriot Embassy Trade Center of New York, who have all assisted in the coordination of recruiting the speakers for this year's event.

We also thank contributors to our College-Bound Young Scholars Stipends (named in our official event video and on our Spring 2020 Crowdfunding Page) as well as the Offices of the NYS Attorney General and NYS Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi for their long-standing support of our efforts to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our local youth. Special recognition goes to Rei Brown and the High School of Art & Design, who embraced and interpreted the spirit of Hellenism to prepare this year's promotional video, which will launch on March 15th. 

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