L100 in Action - Issue #1 (January-February 2017)


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January-February 2017| Issue #1

News In Action

George S. Tsandikos, Chairman, far left, and Archbishop Demetrios with recipients of Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence, left to right, James S. Chanos, Gus Kalaris, Jonathan Jackson, and Dr. Anthony S. Papadimitriou, at Grand Banquet of 26th Annual Leadership 100 Conference.

Leadership 100 Confers Awards

Leadership 100, meeting at its 26th Annual Conference at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida from February 9-12, 2017, conferred the Archbishop Iakovos Award for Excellence upon Dr. Anthony S. Papadimitriou, President of the Onassis Foundation, James S. Chanos, the pioneering investment manager, Jonathan Jackson, the Emmy Award-winning actor, musician and author, and Gus Kalaris, founder and owner of Constantine Wines, Inc.

A special Archbishop Iakovos Founders Award was presented to Chairman Emeritus Stephen G. Yeonas, for his contributions both as National Membership Chairman and as Chairman of Leadership 100. The presentations took place at the Grand Banquet on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

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Leadership 100 News
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese UN Program event at Church Center for the UN.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to Continue Leadership 100 Funded Fellowships at the UN

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is inviting graduate and recent post-graduate students to apply for its fellowships at the United Nations, a program of its Faith-based Diplomacy and Advocacy Initiative launched in 2015 with $300,000 in funding from Leadership 100. Since then, a total of three fellowships have been granted.

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Connecting to OCN.


Leadership 100 Support of Orthodox Christian Network by Demetra Ganias Soterakis

Leadership 100 has provided generous support for Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) over many years. The most recent grant was for $250,000 over two years, 2015 and 2016. Total grant support from 2001 was $450,000.

OCN has become a pivotal player in helping millions of Orthodox Christians connect to their faith. OCN’s website, myocn.net, is something of a “dashboard” to keep Orthodoxy reachable and relevant. It is a resource to read, watch, and worship…taking Orthodoxy off the page of Scripture and into our hands, thanks to our app Spark OCN.

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Past District Governor Thomas Dushas, Honoree Nikitas Drakotos, and Luncheon Chairman James Zafiros. (Photo courtesy of AHEPA)

Nikitas Drakotos Honored by New Rochelle AHEPA

Nikitas Drakotos, a member of Leadership 100, was honored for his outstanding contributions to Hellenism by The James Plevritis-Joseph C. Keane New Rochelle AHEPA Chapter No. 405 at its annual Initiation/Luncheon, at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY on Dec. 3, 2016.

AHEPA Supreme President Andrew Zachariades, assisted by members of the Supreme and District Lodges, participated in the honors and tribute.

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E. John and Cleo Rumpakis

AHI’s Foundation Library Named in Honor of E. John & Cleo Rumpakis

The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) announced on January 18, 2017 that AHI’s Foundation Library in Hellenic House will be rededicated and named in honor of E. John and Cleo Rumpakis, of Portland, Oregon, members of Leadership 100, who donated $175,000 to the organization in December of 2016, one of the largest gifts received by AHIF, according to AHI President Nick Larigakis.

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Demetri Argyropoulos

Forbes Publishes Article on Demetri Argyropoulos

Forbes Magazine published yet another article, on January 14, 2017, on Demetri Argyropoulos, a member of Leadership 100 and a noted entrepreneur who heads Avant Global, the strategic Investment firm, based in Santa Barbara, California The author, Patrick Hanlon, in an article titled “The Knight in the Boardroom”, described the unique event that inducted Argyropoulos as the newest member of the most ancient and prestigious Order of Savoy.

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