The event featured a very motivational and educational presentation by Dr. Peter Stavrianidis, the principal of Venus Jewelers, a results-driven Entrepreneur, Educator and Community Leader with 35+ years of experience in Business, Marketing, Personal & Professional Development, Public Speaking, Leadership, Multiculturalism and Human Rights.
Dr. Stavrianidis, in his presentation, discussed three items that he believes are extremely critical for success:
1. What employers look for in a new employee?
2. What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?
3. Why lifelong learning, including grad school, is important?
He elaborated on the fact that the emerging American society of the 21st century is a multicultural society and its landscape is much more colorful than it used to be and it will continue to evolve in the same manner consistently. As a result of this phenomenon the system has attracted the most talented and the most ambitious individuals on the planet. They come here to be educated and after receiving their advanced degrees – the overwhelming majority of them remain here with the intention to taste the fruits of the American dream.
This significant phenomenon along with globalization and other contributing factors – has created a job market which is undoubtedly much more competitive and much more demanding than ever.
Dr. Stavrianidis advised everyone in the audience to be the best they can be and to become a fluent and clear communicator in the spoken language of this country – which is English. “People will judge you by the way you speak – they won’t say so – but they will judge you” he said. “Learn the culture and be part of the culture – without abandoning yours”. He mentioned that the ideal situation here is to integrate gradually in the American Society without having to jettison their culture, their mother tongue or their faith.
Then he proceeded to emphasize the importance of graduate school and that to have an advanced degree these days is no longer an option but an expectation – especially for those who are planning to escalate themselves into higher positions.
This event was attended by the students of the association as well as local businessmen and bank executive from the Central New Jersey area. It was sponsored by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce and the Greek American Chamber of Commerce of Central New Jersey.