Aristeon Award Presented to Former Assistant Secretary of State Barbara Spyridon Pope
Washington, DC.- On November 3, 2007, the Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) hosted its 14th Annual Conference: “Shameless Self-Promotion: Skills for Success” at the Capital Hilton Hotel. In addition to conference proceedings, conference attendees had the opportunity to take part in a tour at the Central Intelligence Agency on November 2, followed by an opening reception at Olive’s Restaurant later that evening.
“We were thrilled with the turnout this year,” said conference chair and HAWC First Vice President Elaine Pouletsos Miller. “HAWC members from New York, Chicago, Boston and Miami joined us in Washington to make this year’s national conference one of the best attended events ever hosted by the Capital Region.”
For Saturday’s conference, expert panelists included Courtney Lynch, founder of Lead Star, LLC, and Hilary Bruggen Fordwich, president and founder of Strelmark, LLC. Lynch provided practical advice on leadership skills development that can be used in one’s personal and professional life, while Fordwich instructed attendees on how to develop a personal brand that will help build and maintain professional and personal relationships.
The conference keynote speaker was New York Times best-selling author Deborah Tannen, PhD, whose presentation concentrated on the intricacies of the mother-daughter relationship, which is the focus of her most recent book You’re Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation . The conference also celebrated the career public service contributions of former Assistant Secretary of State and HAWC member Barbara Spyridon Pope, who received this year’s HAWC Aristeon Award.
The conference moderator was Maria Papathanassiou, senior vice president of the European Institute and HAWC Capital Region director, with welcome and opening remarks offered by Elaine Pouletsos Miller.
Lynch opened Saturday morning’s panel, highlighting four of Lead Star’s “Ten Leadership Principles.” These include: meet and exceed the standards you ask of others; seek to take responsibility before you begin to place blame; don’t cry over something that won’t cry over you; and always lead as you are, emphasizing the concept that authentic leadership works best.
“A leader needs to have emotional resolve,” pointed out Lynch, also offering a tip to the audience: “Asking for help is gaining knowledge.”
Bruggen Fordwich’s presentation, titled “Your Brand Is Your Ticket,” highlighted six key steps to creating a personal brand for success. According to Bruggen Fordwich, “Success is 15 percent technical skill and 85 percent human skills and personality.” The speaker also asserted the importance of asking for and expecting what you are worth, developing a public as well as a private brand, and recognizing that perception is reality. She also left attendees with the invaluable advice to not waste time on the mundanities and to practice the “Five C’s” of communication, candor, concern, competence, and connection.
Bruggen Fordwich emphasized the importance of properly valuing self, abilities and skills, concluding that “The ticket to your brand success is to never give up.”
Opening the luncheon that followed the panel discussion, HAWC President Maria Stamoulas introduced keynote speaker Deborah Tannen. Dr. Tannen’s keynote address focused on the language of mothers and daughters, the topic of her latest best-selling Next, Barbara Spyridon Pope was presented the HAWC Aristeon Award by HAWC co-founder Theodora Hancock for her outstanding career in public service. The Aristeon Award is given annually by HAWC to a woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to the ideals of Hellenism in her professional and personal life, and has made a significant contribution to society.
“Dr. Tannen’s keynote struck a chord with each and every one of the attendees, whether mothers, daughters, sisters or all of the above. We were further inspired by Aristeon Award recipient Barbara Spyridon Pope as she recounted her professional and personal journey,” concluded Miller.