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THI/TNH Takeover – Alkistis Meimaris

Welcome to THI/TNH Takeover! In collaboration with The Hellenic Initiative (THI), The National Herald and THI have begun a partnership to introduce the NEXTGEN of Greek/Cypriot ‘movers and shakers’ to the rest of our Diaspora community around the world. Established to inform its readers about all things related to our homeland and its respective communities throughout the world, TNH is now providing THI’s New Leaders (40-years-old and younger), with a new platform to showcase their ideas and to engage their communities in a deeper, more meaningful way while simultaneously building a bridge to Greece and Cyprus. Our next featured New Leader is Alkistis Meimaris. Get to know her below!

 

Last Name, First Name

  • Meimaris, Alkistis

Alma mater?

  • Brooklyn Law School

What city do you live in?

  • Fort Lee, NJ

Where in Greece are you from?

  • Crete

Occupation?

  • Attorney/Professor

What motivated you to get involved with THI?

  • The mission of THI. Helping people!

What do you hope to achieve through THI?

  • To support and further the mission of THI

Favorite activity to take part in where you live?

  • Play piano and read

Favorite place to take your non-Greek friends when they visit you in Greece?

  • Chaniá, Crete

Go-to Greek dish/drink when you’re missing the homeland?

  • Kalitsounia and Tsikoudia

Favorite Greek product you can find outside of Greece?

  • Cretan olive oil

Top three people of Greek/Cypriot descent you admire?

  1. Mikis Theodorakis
  2. George Papanicolaou – pap-smear developer
  3. Arianna Huffington

In addition to THI, how are you involved in/help the Greek/Cypriot community?

  • Fundraising activities and supporting the community

What is the biggest crisis Greece/Cyprus faces today?

  • In Cyprus the humanitarian issues, in Greece economic issues

One piece of advice an elder has given you that has proved invaluable?

  • Lead with your mind and not with your heart

Favorite quote from a Greek philosopher?

  • The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing – Socrates

One Greek/Cypriot tradition you’ll never stop keeping?

  • Going to church and Anastasi

How has your Hellenic background helped shape who you are today?

  • It has given me a sense of self. We are proud Greeks and have passed this on to our children.

Life Motto?

  • Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

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