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“Eyes Up!” by Coach TJ Kostecky

February 6, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The UIA is pleased to host Ukrainian-American author TJ Kostecky on the occasion of the release of his book Eyes Up!. Coach Kostecky will be joined in conversation by Ukrainian-American professional, Roman Ponos, in a discussion about the themes and lessons in the book as well as some of their respective experiences in Ukraine. A book signing and light reception will follow the program. Coach Kostecky will contribute half of the proceeds of book sales to the UIA “Help Ukraine” Fund.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Advance registration is requested and donations to the UIA “Help Ukraine” Fund are appreciated.





EYES UP! is an inspiring guide to leading a richer, more successful life by expanding our vision to take in more of the world around us and discover deeper purpose and meaning. In his book, TJ Kostecky, head men’s soccer coach at Bard College, lays the groundwork to shift our lens by focusing on the 5 Ps – Perceive, Process, Plan, Perform, and Persist. With that expanded perspective, the readers will learn seven key principles to transform their lives and the lives of others through their leadership.

Coach TJ Kostecky is the lead innovator of Vision Training for Life, a leadership development program which empowers individuals to discover their full potential and form meaningful connections through subtle shifts in perspective. In an academic career spanning three decades and six universities, he has served as a coach, athletic director, professor, and entrepreneur. TJ is currently the head men’s soccer coach and assistant athletic director for leadership at Bard College. He resides in Tivoli, NY, where his play involves longboarding through the village streets, hiking the Catskill Mountains, and engaging everyone he meets in conversation. TJ remains connected to his Ukrainian heritage and  is actively involved in the regional Ukrainian-American community.

Roman Ponos, a Ukrainian-American, is a dedicated international development professional with more than twenty years of strategic business development and management experience. He has diverse expertise across a wide variety of industries and disciplines. Presently, Roman is the Vice President of Business Development at Blumont, a global humanitarian assistance and international development organization. In addition, he has taught at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

“Eyes Up!” by Coach TJ Kostecky


February 6, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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