What Does It Take To Be The Best- The Pan Hellenic Foundation Answers The Question!

Happy Wednesday- and as always, thank you for taking a moment to be uplifted, inspired and kefi-nated!

Today, my Kefi meter is holding at about 10 as I prepare for Mistress of Ceremonies duties at the Pan- Hellenic Scholarship Foundation SOLD-OUT Gala this Saturday.  This is what I live for, figuratively speaking, to motivate and inspire persons to “Live life to the fullest and strive for excellence,”  in front of a live audience.  However, this Saturday, the true inspiration will come in the form of 40 deserving  undergraduate scholarship recipients, and an outstanding Greek American business man in the world of banking and finance, Mr. John S. Koudounis.  Mr. Koudounis will be honored with the Paradigm award, Paradigm means “example,” in Greek and he is exemplar as a role model for success and life.

You wil find his business acumen to be quite savvy, as told in Forbes magazine earlier this year.



This year’s Pan-Hellenic “Paradigm” award winner, Mr. Koudounis, represents what it takes to be the best in life:

  • Education
  • Toughness
  • Courage
  • Hard Work
  • Family values
  • Tenacity
  • Authenticity

This same profile fits his new employer, John Calamos of Calamos Investments.  Together, Koudounis -Chief Executive Officer of Calamos Investments and Mr. Calamos, Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer will mark new territory in the giant arena of investments and finance.

Stay tuned for their cutting edge growth, in the meantime….

Take a glance at these young high flyers who inspire us to achieve excellence through education: 

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients: 

Joseph George Ades, George Washington University
Danae Argyropoulou, Georgia Tech
Marianna Katerina Babiolakis, Florida International University
Thomas Dean Bravos, Illinois Wesleyan University
Maria Brouard, Harvard College
Christianos Alexander George Burlotos, University of Notre Dame
Julia Stella Jane Constantelos, Tufts University
Christina Georgia Fitsalos, Illinois Wesleyan University
Kassandra Sofia Fotiadis, Brown University
Theodora P. Frangakis, George Washington University
Basilios Soterios Frentzas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elias Yinan Gerasoulis, University of Pennsylvania
Efthimios Gianitsos, University of Texas at Austin
Maria Hartas, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jason Christopher Housianitis, Old Dominion University
Alaina Renee Kafkes, Northwestern University
Eugenia Ioannou Kakadiaris, Rice University
Elena M. Karavassilis, CUNY Queens College
Sophia Efrosini Karnegis, University of Florida
Demosthenis Katsaros, University of Rhode Island
George A. Kontos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bill Kosmidis, Dartmouth College
Eleni Zoe Leventopoulos, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Artemis Maria Magliveras, University of Florida
Iris Marianna Margetis, Kent State University
Demetrios Peter Maroutsos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maria Nicoloulias, The Ohio State University
Gregory Gabriel Pandelis, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Anastasia Perreault, Babson College
Maria Petropoulos, Adelphi University
Panagis Dimitrios Samolis, Boston University
Vasiliki Irene Savvides, Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College
Anastasia Christianna Selberis, University of California – Berkeley
Irene Anastasia Snyder, Elizabethtown College
John Anastasios Stavropoulos, Northern Illinois University
Vasilios John Stefanis, Loyola University of Chicago
Kelly Theodorakis, The College of Staten Island
Andrea Elisa Tsatalis, University of Toledo
John Peter Tsatalis, University of Miami
Polixeni Andriana Tziouvaras, Manhattan School of Music
Theodore Vasiliadis, Temple University
Basil Samuel Vetas, University of Utah
Robert Thomas Zipp, Swarthmore College
Maria Eleni Zollo, The New School – Mannes School of Music

As the mother of four children and an entrepreneur who daily strives for growth, it is extraordinarily special to have a role in The Pan-Hellenic’s Scholarship Gala this year.  Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships based on academic merit and financial need, and $2,500 scholarships based solely on academic merit. The students, selected from hundreds of applicants, are among the best and brightest Greek American undergraduates in the nation. Each of these students has demonstrated exceptional academic performance, dedication to their Hellenic background, and potential to become future leaders and significant contributors to society.


According to TIME Magazine, the best comes in the form of five practices:

1- 10,00o hours

2- Have great genetics

3- Be a part of a great team

4- Be a giver

5- Combine these for powerful results

To each of you reading this: Whatever your talent, education or desire, I believe you are at least capable of four of the aforementioned, so why not reach for that North Star and soar like these Greek Eagles??!!  All the best in your endeavors today and every day! 


Carpe Kefi!



Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]