Alexander Payne To Speak At Conference

Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne, the award-winning, film director, screenwriter, and producer, will address the 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 7-10, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point California, announced Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Chairman. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Alexander Payne earned his MFA in Film at UCLA.  He made his feature film debut with Citizen Ruth (1996) and followed up with Election (1999), which won Best Screenplay from the Writers' Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.  About Schmidt (2002), premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival.  Both Sideways(2004) and his latest film, The Descendants (2011), won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director.  

The 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference will also feature an opening address on February 7 by Michael S. Johnson of Denver, Colorado, a member of Leadership 100and a pioneering petroleum geologist recognized for his contribution to the discovery of Parshall Field in North Dakota, one of the world’s major oil discoveries, and Mary J. Mitchell of Omaha, Nebraska, also a member of Leadership 100 and the author of Drawn to Fashion, who will speak at the Saturday Program, February 9, on her 30-year career as a fashion illustrator for top designers and major department stores.

Michael S. Johnson & Mary J. Mitchell

 Johnson was born in Maryville, Missouri of Greek immigrant parents. His interest in the oil business began when his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1931, then called the oil capital of the U.S. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.Sc. degree in 1947 and an M.S. degree in 1949, both in geology. Mitchell was born Mary Kasfasis to Greek immigrant parents in South Buffalo, New York, and graduated from the Albright Art School in conjunction with the University of Buffalo.
The Conference will include the traditional Bible Study and Lecture by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, additional speakers to be announced, the festive Glendi on Friday, February 8, and Grand Banquet on Saturday evening, February 9. The theme of the Conference is The Leadership 100 Legacy of Giving.
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