Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our October 2017 Young Professional of the Month! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. Preliminary criteria for YPM candidates is that they are actively engaged in an entrepreneurial initiative or have made a successful career for themselves, thereby serving as strong role models to the next generation of young professionals. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a humanitarian (educational, sociological, scientific, etc.) or environmentally-conscious field. Given the gradual expansion of our readership, we currently interview candidates who embrace a specific Hellenic philosophy best described in a word… Philotimo (φιλότιμο). The most important qualifications all our candidates share are the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.
We had the pleasure of meeting this month’s YPM, Kostapanos Miliaresis, through his proactive participation in the Fall 2017 National Hellenic Students Association (NHSA) Hellenic Convention at Georgia Tech PDF OF NHSA PRESS RELEASE, where he served as one of the main guest lecturers. His amazing dedication to helping and educating others has been transformed into a reality through the establishment of the remarkable non-profit organization, Ethelon, which promotes volunteerism within the Greek community through a wide range of philanthropic activities, events and initiatives that encourage people to build their skills and work together. Kostapanos is characterized by his record of excellence in change-making through volunteerism and social entrepreneurship. He has an enthusiastic and innovative mindset, gaining experience through AIESEC and TEDx as well as AUEB, where he earned his degree in Business Administration. Kostapanos utilizes his creativity and perseverance to make a positive impact in the world. We are honored to share his story with you today.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK (2017): Wheels of Change
FAST FORWARD (2019): Kostapanos is currently General Manager of Ethelon. He has received international recognition as a Global Change-Maker by the Ashoka Foundation and as a Social Entrepreneur in Forbes 30 Under 30. He is now pursuing his M.B.A. at Fordham University's Gabelli Business School in New York.
CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Kostapanos Miliaresis for sharing his story with us and to all those who contributed to this story, including our graphic designer Menios Georgopoulos and photographer Alexander Tsapos of Tsapos Media.