Alumna Profiled: Niki Psarafti-Boutari
Graduated: PIERCE ‘71
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: Vice President for Marketing, The American College of Greece
"Live and let love."
NIKI PSARAFTI- BOUTARI was born in Athens, Greece and graduated from PIERCE- The American College of Greece in 1971. She obtained a BA in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business (then ASOEE). Her first job was with Procter & Gamble where she trained in sales and marketing. After two years of fulfilling work she devoted the next five to raising her two children. She returned to the business battlefield by joining and actually launching Arrow Advertising, which developed into a 3600 communication agency with leading clients and brands from all business sectors. Mrs. Psarafti-Boutari is a member of several charity and non-profit organizations. She is married to wine producer Constantine Boutaris. She loves books and traveling, and adores animals (pets: three dogs and eight cats).
Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at PIERCE?
- Don’t feel afraid to change your mind and to admit the fact.
- Before taking sides, be sure you have heard (and understood) both sides.
- Learn to stand on your own.
Q.: Describe PIERCE in three words.
Inspiring, open-minded, reliable.
Q.: One of your favorite PIERCE memories?
Hours spent rehearsing for a theatrical play: the giggles, the camaraderie, the creativity.
Q.: What do you miss most from your days at PIERCE?
The carefree-ness. And the romantic/idealistic dream that our generation would change the world (which came true to a certain extent)
Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
The library. The gymnasium. The cafeteria at lunchtime. The “gallery” and the ramps on roller skates (In that order).
Q.: Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Baloumis, literature. He didn’t just introduce us to literature, but to a perspective of life as mature persons.
Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?
Yes, with 2-3 friends, and many schoolmates (thanks to Facebook!)
Q.: Did having studied at PIERCE help you during your university studies and beyond?
Yes! By making me study and learn through critical analysis and not by parroting and memorizing. And beyond that, by instilling in me the resolve to take my life into my hands.
Q.: What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Do what you do, what you will, what you have to, but always be yourself. And don’t forget to be happy.
Q.: Who inspires you most?
The young and the restless.
Q.: Your motto in life?
Live and let love.
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