Press Release – November 10th, 2010
NEW YORK – The Association of Greek American Professional Women (A.G.A.P.W.) would like to express the deepest gratitude to the guest of honor Tina Santorineou, the distinguished panelists and participants, the host Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Eleni Theodosiou and all who contributed toward making possible the huge success of AGAPW’s October 26th symposium, "HONORING THE SUCCESS OF GREEK AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE NEWS MEDIA: An In-Depth Look at Their Contributions to Both Ethnic and National Media and Their Personal Journeys on the Road to Success."
The legendary Tina Santorineou, a pioneer voice for Greeks across the country, was commemorated with an honorable plaque for her many years of service to the Greek American community. A tear-stricken Santorineou, who shared with guests her decades-long journey of reaching countless Greek American families in the community as a co-host of her highly-recognized radio program, “The Sound of Greece”, emphasized the importance of the Greek language and induced many thought-provoking questions regarding the present and future of Greek radio and media.
The symposium also featured a panel of several influential guest speakers who discussed with the audience what it takes to achieve a successful career in media while balancing a family life at home: Alexis Christoforous, CBS News Business Correspondent; Joannie Danielides, President and Founder, Danielides Communications, Inc.; Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times Health Reporter and author of “Seven Days of Possibilities: One Teacher, 24 Kids, and the “Music That Changed Their Lives Forever.”; and Penny Manis, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Senior Producer. Accomplished young journalist Eleni Kostopoulos moderated the discussion.
The panelists talked about their individual paths on the road to success and their trials and tribulations as women in the industry. They all touched on their Greek identity and the role it played in both their upbringing and careers. All were in consensus that a successful career in the media is one that is attributed to making small sacrifices, loving what you do and devoting a lot of hard work and time to the craft.
Dionysia Avgerinopoulou, member of the Greek Parliament, addressed the audience as well, nd stressed the important role of women in the media. Maria Vases greeted the audience on behalf of the Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou. George Tsougarakis welcomed everybody on behalf of our sponsor Hughes Hubbard & Reed.
Dorie Klissas, currently the media director at NYU Langone Medical Center and former network producer was the Master of Ceremonies.
A.G.A.P.W. is a new independently run organization, started by and run by women. AGAPW is a not for profit organization under Section 402 of the Non-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York. It is based in New York City and serves as a forum for information, resources, support and networking opportunities for Greek American women, who are working in various professional and business fields. The organization is seeking to expand career opportunities and promote community and leadership building among Greek American professional women by forging collaborations among ourselves and establishing partnerships with other organizations inside and outside the Greek American community. For further information please visit www.agapw.org.