New Greek TV's featured Greek of the Week is bestselling author and worldwide media queen Arianna Huffington.
A recent on-air interview with the Hellenic great can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of the article, concerning one of her latest successes. The native Athenian depicts herself as, "Mother, sister, flat shoe advocate, sleep evangelist. Also, I'm told I have an accent."
Huffington was born in the capital of Greece with the original surname of Stassinopoulou (Στασινοπούλου). At sixteen, the ambitious academic moved to England to attend Girton College at Cambridge University, where she received an M.A. in economics. At twenty-one, she became president of the famous Cambridge Union debating society. Since then, she has had many international triumphs and is a true example of smarts, hard work and determination. Huffington is ranked as one of Forbes' most powerful women in the world.
Named on Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, Huffington serves as the president, chair, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. Launched in 2005, the Pulitzer Prize winning news portal is an extremely popular news and blog site. It has one of the highest hits on the internet, regarding readership, links and cited media brands. The intellectual Hellene and nationally syndicated columnist is about to launch the HuffPost in Greece.
Huffington describes, "HuffPost now has 11 international editions -- with India, the Middle East and Greece coming next -- and launching in Greece has a deeply personal significance for me. I'm extremely grateful for the chance to bring HuffPost to Greece in November, to tell the stories that matter most -- and just as important, to help people throughout Greece tell their stories themselves, in words, in pictures and in video. Greece can also be a leader in helping people around the world to thrive, by furthering the conversation about how we can redefine success as individuals and as a society, even -- and especially -- in times of struggle."
The brilliant Greek travels to the homeland every year and admits, "...and this is still not nearly as often as I'd like." She is set to arrive in Athens this fall for the exciting debut of the Hellenic HuffPost. Huffington states of her upcoming trip, "I'll be there for the launch of HuffPost Greece in November -- and making a point to unplug, recharge and reconnect with my Greek roots while I'm there."
Of Huffington's fourteen books, two center on Hellenism. Maria Callas: The Women Behind the Legend is a biography on the illustrious opera star, and quickly became an international bestseller. The Gods of Greece commends the power of myths as leaders to forgotten dimensions of our inner selves and life.
The distinguished writer's latest publication Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, immediately topped the charts. Huffington pens in the #1 New York Times Bestseller, "When we reduce life to our to-do list and our next project, it becomes so very prosaic...When we lose the poetry, it's harder to tap into the gratitude."
When asked what she is most proud of, the mother of two comments, "My daughters, Christina and Isabella." Huffington's ethnicity influences her daily life in many monumental ways, "I try to honor the spirit that was captured so well in 'Zorba the Greek' -- and also embodied by my mother -- that we must live each moment fully. And in terms of my professional life, bringing together people from different parts of my life and facilitating interesting conversations has always been part of my Greek DNA. So from the beginning, the whole point of The Huffington Post was to take the sort of conversations found at water coolers and around dinner tables -- about politics and art and books and food -- and open them up and bring them online."
The Hellenic scholar has many favorite places in Greece, with a special location associated with her childhood. Huffington reveals, "Growing up, I remember walking to school in Athens past a statue of President Truman. The statue was a daily reminder of the magnificent nation responsible for, among other things, the Marshall Plan. Everyone in Greece either had a family member or friend who'd left to find a better life in America."
Huffington offers sound advice for someone trying to fulfill their dream, "Experiment, take risks, and remember to look beyond your own personal passions and be part of something larger than yourself." A NGTV on-air segment with the internationally renowned writer during a Thrive book presentation, can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page. The Greek and Greek-American community are extremely lucky to call Arianna Stassinopoulou Huffington their own!
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