Mentoring Greek Style

After a lifetime of experiencing a broad array of mentoring styles, Greek academic Christine Salboudis decided to set up her own mentoring company.

Designed to foster a positive and constructive world view that supports the development of philosophical and social initiatives, in 2009, Philo4Thought was born and Christine has never looked back.

Having been raised in a diverse community, with strong family values, Chris’ first mentors were her strict but loving mom and grandparents. With the support of a wonderful family spanning well beyond the borders of NYC, she learned the value of resilience, strength, patience, generosity, faith, education, and her own rich and diverse cultural heritage. She learned that “community” doesn’t end at a property line; that knowledge and experience are meant to be shared for the benefit of everyone and to shift beyond the scope of geographic borders. Young people need good mentors because they are our future.

Living in New York seemed like a natural transition from her family’s roots, but mentoring services were not as developed and efficient as they should be for a young, first-generation American in the big city. She started tutoring other children of Egyptian/Alexandrian decent in elementary school and saw the value of educational mediation from a different transitional standpoint.

It was the first of many “Aha” moments. In college and graduate school, she volunteered for orientation services for international students, tutored bilingual and at-risk students, and participated in cultural events on and off campus. Later, she pursued a permanent career as a college professor of Philosophy, Literature, and Environmental Studies, and coordinated an MHI-sponsored Women, Beauty & Image conference for young women in New York City. She has also served as a professional and academic mentor at several universities in New York and DC. These days Christine juggles Philo4Thought alongside her work as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Environmental Ethics at Pace University, and an Administrative Manager and Student Coordinator at Columbia University in New York City.

In 2013 Philo4Thought merged with Quill’s Edge tutorial services and expanded to include provisions for a variety of advisory workshops and networking opportunities for young Hellenic professionals (#HYP) in New York. Over the past year, their network has rapidly increased to include over 25,000 readers and clients.

Their goal is to foster the concepts of #PositiveProfessionalIdentity and #ConfidentNetworking for today’s #YoungProfessional.

Each month Philo4Thought features a Young Professional of the Month article allowing readers a glimpse into particular entrepreneurial experiences.

Their annual Hellenic Young Professional (#HYP/#2014HYP) conference convenes every Spring.

If you would like Philo4Thought to speak at an event, or want someone to take a look at your CV, or simply need some basic mentoring advice please email philo4thought@yahoo.com.

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