The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) held its 25th annual conference on November 2-3 in Washington, D.C., honoring Greek-American journalist Thalia Assuras with the Aristeon Award.
Assuras was selected as the recipient for this year’s Aristeon Award for representing the best of the Hellenic spirit: hard work, passion, resilience, flexibility, grit and humanity. She also served as the keynote speaker of this year’s conference.
The conference, held at the Capital Hilton, focused on what makes leaders make a positive difference in the world.
Assuras is President of Assuras Communications LLC, offering consulting services in media, presentation and speech training, as well as executive coaching, crisis communications, and public relations. She has worked as an anchor, correspondent and writer with national broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, Bloomberg, CTV (Canada), and Global CanWest (Canada); and regularly makes appearances as a broadcast commentator, analyst, moderator and master of ceremonies for a variety of functions. Assuras is also known for acting as an advisor those who are just launching their communications careers.
During her career, Assuras has reported on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Kosovo refugee crisis, natural disasters, national and international politics and elections, U.S. Presidential summits, and the Olympic Games. She has interviewed prominent figures such as presidents, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, foreign leaders, corporate executives, scientists, authors, and celebrities.
The stated mission of the HAWC is to identify and harness the talents of Greek-American Women. HAWC encourages awareness of public policy issues and promotes women who wish to attain leadership roles in their communities, their professional fields, and the nation at large.
To that effect, HAWC sponsors conferences, lectures, debates, and seminars, with the participation of prominent scholars, government officials, and experts on various issues of interest.