Welcome to the June edition of the HACCI Hermes Enews.
This month we launched our latest networking series HACCI Bank of Sydney Business Insights Series. The aim of this series is to showcase organisations pushing the boundaries with extraordinary thought leadership. If you know of an organisation doing extraordinary things please contact the HACCI Office. We would love to hear from you.
Creating The Right Career For You was the topic of the HYPN networking event. Guests had the opportunity to ask all their burning questions relating to their career to our industry gurus Ms Carmel Kostos and Mr Marinos Stathopoulos.
It is that time of year when most of our members head over to Greece for a winter getaway. If you are travelling we wish you a very safe trip and a wonderful break and look forward to seeing you upon your return.
Enjoy this edition and we look forward to seeing you at a HACCI event soon.
HACCI WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SERIES, THE TELESILLA EFFECT: UNPACKING THE ROAD TO SUCCESS - 11 JULY 2017
Ensure you book your tickets to join us at our second Women In Leadership event on 11 July 2017 where we will be speaking to three remarkable female entrepreneurs about their respective journeys and their road to success.
HYPN NETWORKING EVENT: SPEED MENTORING 14 SEPTEMBER 2017
The next HYPN event is sure to be a great experience for all participants. Join us for Speed Networking on 14 September 2017. Places are limited so book your place ASAP!
HACCI BANK OF SYDNEY BUSINESS INSIGHTS SERIES - THE PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL STORY
On 20 June 2017 HACCI launched its inaugural HACCI Bank of Sydney Business Insights Series. Business Insights is a new HACCI initiative, highlighting topical business issues, exploring organisations of interest and promoting thought leadership in the Hellenic Australian business community.
The event showcased the incredible journey of Philip Morris International, not only as the largest tobacco company in the world, but most notably it’s significant investment technology never before used in its industry, to create a cigarette-free future. It was a remarkable story about a giant brand boldly seeking to pioneer the transformation of its brand under challenging circumstances. It was also of interest to learn about PMI’s being a recognised employer of choice and a good corporate citizen in caring for and actively participating in environmentally sustainable practices for its packaging worldwide.
HACCI extends it gratitude to Nikitas Theophilopoulos, Managing Director of the Australia and New Zealand/Pacific Islands affiliates of Philip Morris International, and his team for hosting the event at the stunning Phillip Morris Australian headquarters at South Wharf.
Stay tuned for details about the next Business Insights event, coming soon.
HACCI Bank of Sydney Business Insights Series - Philip Morris headquarters, South Wharf
L-R HACCI Board Members Arthur Baoustanos, Kosta Kangelaris, Fotini Kypraios, CEO Bank of Sydney, Miltos Michaelas, HACCI Chair Georgegina Poulos and Nikitas Theophilopoulos, Managing Director, Philip Morris, AU, NZ & PI
HYPN NETWORKING EVENT - CREATING THE RIGHT CAREER FOR YOU
The HACCI Young Professional Network hosted its second networking event for the year ‘Creating The Right Career For You’. The event was an intimate discussion style Q&A session with industry experts Carmel Kostos and Marinos Stathopoulos. Hosted by the venerable James Yianoulatos the event gave guests an opportunity to not only take an introspective look at their own career circumstances but also address issues on a macro level.
The close quarters allowed for thought provoking free flowing conversation between attendees and speakers. Personal experiences were shared and both Carmel and Marinos were proficient in having HYPN members apply the lense of introspection on themselves and share tailored insights.
HYPN would like to kindly thank both Marinos and Carmel for providing a thoroughly enjoyable evening and extend an invitation to join us again sometime in the future.
L-R Panos Kavarnos, James Yiannoulatos, Carmel Kostos and Marinos Stathopoulos
PRONIA 45th ANNIVERSARY GALA FUNDRAISING DINNER
PRONIA, formerly known as the Australian Greek Welfare Society, will be holding 45th Year Anniversary Gala event on Saturday 14thth October and would like to invite you to be a part of this milestone event.
PRONIA was established in 1972 and has provided settlement and specialist services to thousands of Greek speaking people across a wide spectrum of services in Melbourne and Victoria.
The contribution of PRONIA to the Greek speaking community has been considerable, delivering critical and essential services to the now established ageing Greek speaking migrants and more recently newly arrived Greek migrants, ensuring they are settled in a timely manner to become productive members of the Australian community both economically and socially. PRONIA plays an active role in advocacy ensuring that government and other services provide adequate responses to the needs of the ageing Greek community and the newly arrived Greek migrants.
Today PRONIA is a vibrant and strong community services agency that employs 150 people working in areas such as children’s and family services, community education and advocacy, in aged care and disabilities. We take a keen interest in developing community capacity and connection and therefore have the support of up to 200 actively engaged volunteers.
WINES OF GREECE RETURN TO AUSTRALIA Wines of Greece were back in town for what has turned out to be an annual ritual that is becoming more and more successful. Australia seems to appreciate the fine wine from Greece as this is evidenced from a 27% increase according to figures quoted by Master of Wine, Yiannis Karakasis. Greece is home to some of the most interesting wines in the world made by passionate winegrowers from mostly autochthonous grape varieties.
There were Masterclasses held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with participation from influencers of the Australian wine industry and hosted by Yiannis Karakasis MW. James Halliday was spotted at the Melbourne Masterclass where, when prompted for his opinion, spoke very favourably about the quality of the Greek wines, including a new Retsina, called Kechris, probably his favourite from the selection.
During the Wines of Greece visit, the major wine importers and distributors (Pepper Wines, Tirnavos Imports, Douglas Lamb Wines) hosted degustation and tasting sessions in the well-known Melbourne restaurants Elyros, Epocha, Blackman Hotel and the OINOFILIA event at the Meat Market.
L-R - Degustation and wine tasting at Elyros Restaurant with Dimitrios Halastanis, Pepper Wines, Popi Golfi, Porto Carras Wines and Giorgos Darlas, Kechris Wines
Last month Tom and Alex interviewed A/Prof Nick Doumanis from the University of New South Wales, who has embarked on an important project. He's working in partnership with the State Library of NSW to create the Greek Australian Archive. As well as collecting a wide array of archival materials, A/Prof Doumanis hopes to interview 200 Greek Australians to collect and document their stories. His project comes from the belief that if we don't document our community's stories, they will be lost.
The following week Proinos Kafes embarked on its own archiving project by interviewing Alex's mum Sophie and aunt Flora, who along with their siblings celebrated the 60th anniversary of their arrival in Australia. Theirs is a story that is familiar to all migrant families, whose achievements in Australia and impact on its culture have been nothing short of extraordinary.
Don't forget to tune in to Proinos Kafes, 9am and again at 5pm Tuesdays on 3XY Radio Hellas.
The wedding of Sophie and John Ninis in 1962
HACCI EVENT CALENDAR
Here are the upcoming HACCI events:
The Telesilla Effect: WOmen in Business - Unpacking the road to success
HYPN - Speed Mentoring
HACCI Awards for Excellence Gala Ball
HACCI INTERNSHIP - BECOME A HOST ORGANISATION
HACCI is committed to providing opportunities to the next generation of leaders. If your organisation would like to host an intern, please send your expression of interest to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL UPDATE
Diversity is good for business, corporate panel says
Diverse boards, management teams and workforces outperform their homogenous counterparts, yet many organisations remain slow to adapt and benefit from what Melbourne Business School Professor Jody Evans describes as a “tidal wave of evidence” supporting the benefits of diversity.
Aware that the moral and legal imperatives are not always enough to drive change in organisations, Jody used the recent World Business Forum in Sydney to bring together a panel of business leaders driving the diversity agenda at NAB, Australia Post and Holden to discuss the business case for diversity.
According to Christine Corbett, Chief Customer Officer at Australia Post, leadership and values are the critical enablers of diversity.
“It has to start from the top. One of the important things we did was try to work through the shared values we wanted to live by as a company. The most important one was respect – treating others as you want to be treated yourself,” Christine said.