Fordham University, NYC – On Friday, March 3, 2017 the 7th annual mentoring forum took place. With each year the popularity of this forum continues to grow. This year 150 participants from the tri-state area, Boston and Canada were in attendance. This annual event, jointly organized by the AESA NY-NJ Section and AAHPO has been taking place every year for the past 7 years The primary goal is to mentor and support Armenian students in choosing their career objectives, professional education and career development. Students and young professionals alike met and socialized with established professionals and specialists in fields including Engineering, Health, Finance, Law, Real Estate, Sciences and many more. The participating mentors are available throughout the year for consultation, advice and guidance.
The event began with opening remarks by AESA NY-NJ Vice President Allen Berber followed by the Chairman of the Mentoring Forum, AESA NY-NJ Founding Member Vahan Tanal who thanked all the mentors who participated. He encouraged other established professionals to serve in the forum as mentors. AESA NY-NJ Past President, Aram Setian, spoke on the history of the mentoring forum and how it has grown throughout the years. He also spoke on the pilot program started last year in collaboration with FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief) called Venture Armenia which helped establish connections between Armenian American young professionals and established professionals in Armenia. Guest Speaker, Ghazaros Kherjilian, a professor at Binghamton University, spoke about the importance of the development of renewable energy in Armenia particularly in Solar Energy. He is part of a team organizing a proposal called “Solar Armenia” which is to create a large 58MW Solar Powered Plant in Armenia. He invited students and professionals in all fields to participate and contribute to this important cause.
AESA NY-NJ Section President announced the new graduate studies scholarship program offered by the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America. The scholarship is offered every year in the amount of $3000 to any Armenian gradate student involved in a thesis / dissertation program in an accredited university. The scholarship is sponsored this year by Dr. Shant and Mrs. Ani Kenderian. For more information on this scholarship, go to http://www.aesa.org/scholarship/.
Co-Chairman Dr. Garbis Baydar of the Armenian Health Professionals Organization gave motivational words to the students regarding choosing their career path, “First listen to your heart then listen to your brain, if you make the right choice it will be a joyful career for you”.
An after party was held at the local Empire Hotel Lounge attended by many of the young professionals and mentors.