Past Events

HAWC sponsors regional and national conferences, lectures, debates and seminars by prominent scholars, government officials and experts on various issues of interest to its members. It holds its annual conference in the fall.

The following is a sampling of some of HAWC sponsored events:

Entrepreneurship and the Hellenic Spirit

18 February 2018, The Army & Navy Club, Washington D.C.


Greek-American Women in the Arts

December 5 – 20, 2017
Greek Consulate, New York
For details call Alice Halkias: 718-788-0777

The Hellenic American Women’s Council Annual Conference:

November 3 & 4, 2017

“Facets of Entrepreneurship: Creativity and Courage to Commit”
Taj Hotel, Boston, MA

The conference included an elegant Welcome Reception, at the Greek Consulate on Friday evening and a very informative program on Saturday.  At the luncheon, HAWC honored Marina Hatzopoulos with the “Aristeon Award

October 4, 2015: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Lalaounis Brand – Lecture and Reception
World Famous Lalounis Jewelry – the Inspiration and Artistry
Ioanna Lalounis, Director
The Lalounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece

The Maliotis Cultural Center • 50 Goddard St., Brookline, MA
Jennifer Djaferis:
Erica Frangiadakis

June 29, 2014: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Lalaounis Brand (World Famous Jewelry and Art) Lecture and Reception
Tri-State Hughes Hubbard, NY, NY

October 18, 2014: Taking Care of Your Brain
Capital (DC, MD, VA)

November 12, 2014
Making Your Message Resonate
Capital (DC, MD, VA)

December 5-6, 2014
HAWC Annual Conference
Capital (DC, MD, VA)

November 2013
20th HAWC Annual Conference
Capital (DC, MD, VA)

April 2013
19th Annual Conference

March 2012
Fireside Chat & Movie

February 2012
What’s Your Story?
Communication Seminar & Workshop

October 28-29, 2011
HAWC 18th Annual Conference
Life on Purpose – Make Every Day Count

October 6, 2011
Networking Happy Hour

June 29, 2011
Build a Terrific Wardrobe for Your Lifestyle

May 21, 2011
Seminar: Stress Management the Greek Way!

May 20, 2011
Reiki Presentation by Ellani Maurides
Great Lakes

April 3, 2011
The Greek Women’s University Club
Twenty-third National Music Competition
Great Lakes

January 28, 2011
The Hellenic Language as a Carrier of Fundamental 
Values Through the Ages (Lecture)

January 16, 2011
Post-Holiday Celebration of the New Year
Great Lakes

December 2, 2010
Hellenism In The Public Service Happy Hour with
Congressman John Sarbanes

November 13, 2010
17th Annual Conference – “Loving your Life, Living your Passion”

January 27, 2010
Pursuing a Career in National Security (58KB PDF File)

November 7, 2009
OIKONOMIA: Women as Pillars of the Home
HAWC 16th Annual Conference
HAWC National

March 31, 2009
HAWC Networking Happy Hour (51KB PDF File)

March 18, 2009
Everything You Want to Ask about the Real Estate Market
Great Lakes

February 22, 2009
Constantine Maroulis in Concert

January 19, 2009
What to Do When Life Throws You a Curveball
New Jersey

January 11, 2009
Post Holiday Celebration of the New Year
Great Lakes

Oct. 24-25, 2008
HAWC 15th Annual Conference on “Finding Your Path to Health and Wellness”
Greater Miami

June 5, 2008
The Power of the Greek Goddess in the Greek Pantheon
Chicago, IL

January 15, 2008
The Flame of Hope Concert
Greater Miami

November 3, 2007
Shameless Self-Promotion: Skills for Success
Washington, DC – HAWC Fourteenth Annual Conference – A full-day conference focusing on the development of leadership and communication skills that are key to personal and professional success.
Washington, DC

“Today’s Woman:  Flourishing in the Midst of Change” – October – New York, NY –Thirteenth annual conference – A full-day conference that focused on how women are affected by changes in culture, health, career, relationships and finance
“First Amendment Rights in Turbulent Times”—May – Chicago, IL – A lecture by Professor Adam Samaha, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School
“International Development: A Tool for Conflict Resolution” –April – Washington, DC – A lecture by Andrew Natsios, Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and former Administrator, USAID
Southeast Region Inaugural Event – April – Miami, Fl – A reception to celebrate the initiation of the HAWC Miami Chapter
“Women Waging Peace” – February – Washington, DC – A presentation by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Author of This was not our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace,” on the impact of women on peace processes around the world


“Religion in Politics: The Impact on Today’s World”-November – Washington, DC – Twelfth annual conference – A full-day conference featuring distinguished speakers who debated the topic from opposing points of view
“Women in the Media” –September– New York, NY – A panel discussion by accomplished female journalists
Greek-American & Turkish-American Reception –September – Washington, DC – A networking event
“Cyprus in the EU: A Year Later” – May – Washington, DC – A speech by His Excellency Euripides Evriviades, Ambassador of Cyprus to the US, who examined the pros and cons of EU membership
“Harnessing Gravity: Reversing the Aging Process” –April – Washington, DC – A speech by Dr. Joan Vernikos, Former Director, Life Sciences, NASA
“Implications of U.S.-Greek Relations” – March – Washington, DC – A speech by Mr. Matt Bryza, National Security Council, The White House


“How To Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere” – November – Boston, MA –Eleventh annual conference – A full-day conference, featuring experts in interpersonal relations
HANAC Presentation – May – New York, NY—A discussion about the community service programs of HANAC
“Wealth Management Begins with a Financial Plan” – April – New York, NY—A financial seminar for members and friends of HAWC
“A Post War Account of Iraq” – February – Washington, DC –A conversation with human rights activist Kathryn Porter regarding the conditions in Iraq and the attitudes of the Iraqi people towards Americans


“Times of Crisis – Women of Strength” –November – New York, NY—Tenth annual conference – A full-day conference, featuring a distinguished panel of speakers, who addressed how women handle various crisis situations – war and major conflicts, business and personal crises
Personal and Business Coaching Seminar –October – Washington, DC
Farewell Tea – July – Washington, DC— In honor of the departing Ambassador of Cyprus, Her Excellency Erato Kozakou Marcoullis
“Repairing the Transatlantic Relationship” – June – Washington, DC –A lecture by the Honorable Thomas Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Greece
“Cyprus in the European Union: A turning Point” –June – Boston, MA—A lecture by Her Excellency Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.S.
“Women’s Health and Wellness” – May – Washington, DC – An all-day conference, at which seven physicians addressed prevention and treatment of the most common ailments that threaten women’s health
“Protecting Your Overseas Investments” – April—New York, NY – Afinancial seminar for members and friends of HAWC, on how to protect their investments
“Hermes and Tea” – April – Washington, DC – A fun event that included afternoon tea and a presentation by the Fashion House of Hermes
Lunch and Tour of the U.S. State Department –March – Washington, DC – A special event for the Board of Directors of HAWC
“Greek Literary Giants” – January – New York, NY – A lecture by Professor Liana Theodoratou


“America’s Image: To See Ourselves As Others See Us” – November – Washington, DC – Ninth annual conference – An all-day conference that featured foreign ambassadors and distinguished correspondents, who examined how America is perceived in various parts of the world
Pentagon Tour and Briefing by DOD Officials on “America’s War on Terrorism” – November –Washington, DC
“Investment Strategies in Today’s Market” –May – New York, NY – Lectures and workshop on diversification and protecting your investment in the stock market
“Planning Your Estate” –April – Bethesda, MD – A workshop for professional women on protecting their financial interests and understanding the new tax laws
“Women in Human Rights” – February – Chicago, IL – Eighth annual conference, on human rights around the world, including speeches by author Nicholas Gage and human rights activist Kathryn Porter
“Cyprus – New Hopes, New Prospects” – February – Washington, DC – A lecture and reception featuring the Honorable Androula Vassiliou, Member of Parliament and Former First Lady of Cyprus


“Not Even My Name” – November – Washington DC – A presentation and book signing by author Thea Halo
“Themes From Greek Mythology” – October – Brooklyn, NY – An art exhibit featuring the thematic work of a philhellene
Tour & Briefing of the Central Intelligence Agency – July –Washington, DC – By invitation of the CIA Director, a tour for 25 HAWC members of the CIA in Langley, Virginia, followed by a briefing on its operations
Membership Reception – March – Fort Lee, NJ
“Greek Women in the Arts”- May – Brooklyn, NY – An art exhibit and book sale, showcasing Greek American women artists and authors
“Future Intelligence Challenges” –March– Washington, DC – A reception and lecture by theHonorable George J. Tenet, Director of Central Intelligence


“Cyprus: Looking Toward the Future” –December – Boston, MA – A lecture by Her Excellency Erato Kozakou Marcoullis at Harvard University, followed by a reception
“If Not You, Then Who? Recognizing & Overcoming Our Fears & Inhibitions” – November – New York, NY – Seventh annual conference, business meeting and biennial elections – A one-day conference addressing complacency and issuing a call to action
Congressional Reception for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley – June – Washington DC – A reception to introduce the Greek American Congresswoman to the community at large
“Death & Dying” – March – New York, NY –A seminar to address the attitude of the Hellenic American community toward death and dying
“Silent Auction Fund Raiser” –March – Boston, MA – A fund raiser to benefit the Children’s Cardiac Fund and HAWC
Great Lakes Region Inaugural Event –March – Chicago, IL – A reception and presentation to celebrate the new region


“Images of Ourselves and Society: Is the Media Impacting the Way We Think?” – November – Washington, DC – Sixth annual conference and HAWC annual business meeting – A two-day conference examining the impact of the media on our lives
Women’s Health & Wellness Conference – October – New York, NY – A one-day conference on women’s health
“Celebration of the Rembetiko” – September – Boston, MA – A cultural and educational event to examine the origins and impact of the Rembetiko music.
“Hands Around the Capitol” – July – Washington, DC – A rally of 4,000 people to commemorate the Turkish invasion and 25-year occupation of part of Cyprus
“Women in Orthodoxy” – June – Tenafly, NJ – A panel discussion on women’s role in the Greek Orthodox Church
“U.S. Foreign Policy In Kosovo” – April – Washington, DC – A scholarly debate on whether the war in Kosovo supported the U.S. national interests in the region, held at the International Relations Committee Room of the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill
Congressional Reception – March – Washington, DC – A reception on Capitol Hill, for HAWC members to meet the members of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus
Tipper Gore’s Trip to Greece –March – Athens, Greece – The Second Lady’s visit to Greece, co-sponsored by HAWC at the request of the White House, as well as a luncheon in her honor in Athens
“Investing for Retirement” – February – New York, NY – A seminar on how to invest wisely in a volatile market
“The Omega Diet “ – January – Washington, DC – A lecture by Dr. Artemis Simopoulos on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet


“Beyond the Glass Ceiling” – November – Washington, DC – Fifth annual conference and biennial elections –A conference to explore the personality traits of women who have reached the pinnacles of their professional careers
“U.S.-Greek Relations: An Ambassador’s View” –November – Boston, MA– A lecture, at Harvard University, by U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Nicholas Burns
“Women of Substance” – October – Los Angeles, CA – A full-day conference celebrating Greek American women who made significant contributions to the local community and to their professions
“Investing for the New Millennium” – October – New York, NY – A presentation focusing on investment strategies for women to enhance their financial security in the new millennium
“Greek American Relations” –October – Washington DC – A lecture by U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Nicholas Burns
“U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Greece & Cyprus” – September – Washington, DC – A lecture, on the latest developments, by U.S. Special Envoy to Cyprus, Ambassador Thomas Miller
“Women’s Health & Wellness Conference” – May – Washington, DC – A full-day conference to explore prevention and treatment of the most prevalent women’s diseases
“Greek American Mother Daughter Relationships” –March – New York, NY – A seminar to examine the uniqueness of the relationships between Greek American mothers and their daughters


“Women & Power” – November – New York, NY – Fourth annual conference – A full-day conference to examine how successful women handle power
“Human Rights in the Near East” – October – Boston, MA – A lecture, at Harvard University, by human rights activist Kathryn Porter
“Greece and the European Union” – October – Washington, DC – A lecture by Greek Parliamentarian, Dora Bakoyiannis
Pacific Region Inaugural Luncheon –October – Los Angeles, CA – An inaugural luncheon for the Pacific Region honoring the lifetime contributions of a local Greek American woman.
Kathryn Porter’s Visit to Greece – April – Thessaloniki, Greece – The sponsorship of the visit of Kathryn Porter, a human rights and women’s issues activist, to Thessaloniki and her participation as a speaker at the Inter-Balkan Women’s Societies Regional Conference


“Empowerment Through Unity” – November – Washington DC – Third Annual Conference and first HAWC elections – A full-day conference examining the impact of the division that has existed in the Greek community from the days of the Greek city-states to the present
Reception for Mayor Avramopoulos –April – Brooklyn, NY – A reception to honor the Mayor of Athens, Dimitris Avramopoulos


“Empowerment Through Networking” – November – Washington, DC – Second annual conference examining the benefits of networking at all levels
“Women & Self Esteem” – March – Tenafly, NJ – A seminar and discussion featuring actress Olympia Dukakis
Congressional Reception – March – Washington, DC – A reception for our members to meet and greet the Greek American members of Congress


Annual Leadership Forum – November – Washington, DC – First annual conference
Fundraiser for Senator Olympia Snowe – July – Washington, DC


Inaugural Conference – November – Washington, DC – A conference marking the beginning of HAWC, which was initially called the “Joint Public Policy Committee for Hellenic American Women” and later officially named the Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC)