L100 in Action - Issue #4 (April-May 2015)


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April-May 2015| Issue #4

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Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos

Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos Elected President Of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School Of Theology

The V. Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos was elected as the next President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Following a rigorous search process that began in October 2014, the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology voted unanimously on May 1, 2015 to elect Fr. Metropoulos to succeed the current President, the V. Rev. Fr. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, who after a fifteen-year tenure will retire at the end of June 2015.

“Finding a new president at this particular time was challenging indeed, due to the remarkable accomplishments and tenure of our retiring President, Fr. Triantafilou, who has become the longest running president in the history of HCHC,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lelon, Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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Leadership 100 News
Total Grants Distributed

Executive Committe Approves Additional Grants

The Executive Committee of Leadership 100 convened a conference call on May 13, 2015 and unanimously approved an additional $700,000 in new grants to be distributed in 2015, increasing total grants for the period of 2015 to 2017 to $2,670,799. The additional grants were unanimously recommended by the Grant Committee. The amount to be distributed in 2015, which includes previously approved grants, now totals $3,232,651, bringing the year to date total since the inception of Leadership 100 to a new high of $42,292,163. The Committee addressed the additional grants in a continuing session of its meeting of February 12, 2015 at the 24th Annual Leadership 100 Conference as there was not ample time then to review all the grants.

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Forbes May 4 Cover


C. Dean Metropoulos Featured In Forbes Magazine

C. Dean Metropoulos, a long-time member of Leadership 100, was featured in Forbes Magazine’s May 4, 2015 edition, appearing on the cover. The article noted his ingenuity, capital and creative chemistry for engineering the rebirth of bankrupt Hostess Brands, and its signature oblong Twinkies cream-filled yellow snack cake.

Along with Apollo Global’s Andy Jhawar, Metropoulos was credited for recognizing the brand awareness and ubiquity of the 150-year-old company that had $1 billion in revenue before bankruptcy and turning a $410 million investment for the cake brands division, plus another $250 million to rehabilitate the business, into an expected $2 billion windfall.

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Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis

Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis Publishes Memoir

Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, a longtime member of Leadership 100, has published a memoir, Madame Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties, and Democracy in Budapest. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from January 7, 2010 to July 20, 2013.

The memoir, released on May 5, 2015, recounts her experiences being vetted for the position with no background in diplomacy, attending an ambassador “charm school” and an intensive training session. However, in taking up her assignment in the former Soviet satellite, she feels that nothing could have prepared her for the realities of life in Hungary.

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United Nations Building

Greek Orthodox Archbiocesan Fellowships Established At The United Nations

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced on April 1, 2015, the inauguration of its Faith-Based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative.

The Initiative establishes a total of four (two for 2015-2016 and two for 2016-2017) year- long Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations. All Orthodox Christian graduate and post- graduate students are invited to apply for the stipend fellowships.

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