Welcome to the February edition of the Hermes Enews
We have started off the year by launching our third HACCI Young Professionals Mentoring Program. This year we have matched 28 mentoring pairs - welcoming back 14 previous mentees and 12 repeat mentors, as well as introducing so many new faces. Fifty per cent of our mentors and mentees are female, which is a great testament to HACCI’s commitment to gender diversity. HACCI wishes all our mentoring pairs great success.
March also promises to be a fantastic event month with our annual International Women's Day event taking place on Tuesday 7 March. We are also holding the first of the HYPN Networking events - Building your personal brand.
Lastly, we are honoured to be part of the Melbourne Business School's new Hellenic Scholarship to support students living in Greece or Cyprus to study in Australia.
For more information don't forget to follow us on social media or contact Chrissa in the HACCI Office.
I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!
HACCI CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Just one day away, don't miss HACCI's annual International Women's Day event on Tuesday 7 March at ARIA Bay and Events, Docklands.
Our guest speaker this year is a global superstar! Dimitra Manis is a local Hellenic-Melbournian who has worked across the globe and is currently the Senior Vice President Global Talent at the Estee Lauder Group.
This is an event not to be missed! Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased at TryBooking here and add the event to your FaceBook calendar. Every participant receives a gift bag to the value of $150.
HYPN NETWORKING EVENT - BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
HACCI WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SERIES - THE TELESILLA EFFECT
This year HACCI is launching its women in leadership series - The Telesilla Effect.
The name is inspired byTelesilla of Argos, who defended her home city against the invading Spartans in 494/493 BCE.
When Cleomenes I of Sparta marched on the city of Argos, Telesilla took down the ornamental arms from temples in the city, raided the armoury for whatever was left, and equipped a force of the city's women with arms and armour. She then organised the city for defense and marched out to meet the Spartans, inflicting heavy losses. Cleomenes realised he was facing an impossible situation - if he defeated her, he would have no honour in slaughtering women, while if they defeated him, Sparta would have been beaten by a band of girls, so he prudently withdrew his army and Argos was saved!
Work like a Woman - 4 May
Our inaugural event will explore the unconscious and conscious bias that female leaders experience in the workplace.
A panel of three extraordinary women from a cross section of industries will explore the challenges they face as senior executives.
Add the FaceBook event to your calendar as a placeholder while more details follow.
MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL OFFERS HELLENIC SCHOLARSHIP
Melbourne Business School, home to Australia’s first MBA program, has launched a new Hellenic Scholarship to support students living in Greece or Cyprus to study in Australia.
Melbourne Business School’s Director of Corporate Relations and Partnerships, Alex Christou said the new Hellenic Scholarship would provide financial assistance to a Full-time MBA candidate meeting the requirements of entry in to the School’s Full-time MBA program.
“Melbourne is home to the world’s largest Greek-speaking community outside of Europe, who contribute greatly to our city’s economy, culture and community,” said Mr Christou.
(l-r) Fotini Kypraios HACCI Board, Alex Christou Director of Corporate Relations and Partnerships, Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community
The scholarship was created in collaboration between Melbourne Business School, the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) Mr Christou said.
“Together with the Greek business community this scholarship will also help talented individuals acquire the skills to make them highly desirable in any workplace around the world.”
Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria added, “It’s imperative that we support those most talented in Greece with the opportunity to realise their full potential by completing a reputable and world-class MBA program such as that being offered by Melbourne Business School. We will work with the community to provide the worthy recipients of the scholarship accommodation and support for the duration of the program whilst in Melbourne”.
Georgegina Poulos, Chair of the Board for HACCI says that this opportunity has come at a critical point where many of the most gifted individuals in Greece have very few employment prospects.
The MBA program will build on their previous studies and work experience and open up new employment opportunities. Funding for the scholarship was provided by anonymous donors to the School, and Alex Christou thanked the donors for their support.
“As a non-profit provider of business education, our donors are essential to achieving our mission of enabling individuals and organisations to be global leaders through the creation, application and dissemination of business and economics knowledge,” Mr Christou said.
This May Fronditha Care will celebrate 40 years of service to the community at its bi-annual Gala Dinner to be held at The Glasshouse at Olympic Park, Melbourne.
Attended by more than 400 people, the Gala Dinner aims to raise funds towards Fronditha Care’s redevelopment program at its original site in Clayton South. Currently rebuilding its first nursing home, PRONIA, which will be delivered in October 2017. They will then be redeveloping and upgrading our GALINI residential facility that specialises in caring for those with severe dementia.
The need in the community for nursing home care and home care services has never been greater and with your sponsorship we can provide the help and support our elderly require.