L100 in Action - Issue #2 (March-April 2017)


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March-April 2017| Issue #2

News In Action

John G. Pappajohn.

John Pappajohn to be Honored by PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation announced on April 20 that Mr. John Pappajohn is the 2017 Paradigm Award Honoree. Pappajohn, a prominent and longtime member of Leadership 100, is a renowned business leader and philanthropist, venture capitalist and entrepreneur, and the founder of Equity Dynamics, Inc. and Pappajohn Capital Resources. The Paradigm Award will be presented at the upcoming Awards Ceremony & Gala on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago. Pappajohn stated, "I am honored to receive this prestigious award, which represents the very best of young Greek American students."

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Leadership 100 News
AHI President Nick R. Larigakis, left, and AHI Foundation President Constantinos Galanis, far right, present Dennis Mehiel with the AHI Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award

Leadership 100 Members Honored By American Hellenic Institute

The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) honored Dennis Mehiel and Dr. George Korkos, both longtime members of Leadership 100, at its 42nd Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and Public Service Awards Dinner, March 11, 2017, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., while the American Hellenic Institute Foundation honored Anne Michals, also a longtime member, at its 15th Annual Future of Hellenism in America Conference November 18-19, 2016 at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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Paulette Poulos, Executive Director of Leadership 100, with Christopher Stratakis at book signing at Harvard Club of New York City on April 7, 2017. Photo Credit- Kosta Bej.


Christopher Stratakis Pens First Novel

Christopher Stratakis, a long-time member of Leadership 100, published his first novel, Appointment with Yesterday, a fictionalized memoir. Born and raised in Greece, Stratakis tells a moving tale of Yanni, a Greek boy who grows up on an island in the eastern Aegean. Yanni, left in the care of his grandparents, suffers deprivation and terror during the German occupation of World War II. He leaves Greece to rejoin his parents who had emigrated to pursue a better life in America. The novel captures the determined journey of the young boy.

Stratakis acknowledges at the end of the novel that ever since his teenaged years growing up on –yes, a remote Aegean island – he enjoyed writing essays, short stories and poems and had ambitions of becoming a professional writer, a yearning that continued throughout his life. The novel, he says, is the “culmination of those inner urgings”.

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Dean Spanos, Photo Credit: Allen Altchech

The American Hellenic Council Honors Dean Spanos

The American Hellenic Council (AHC) of California honored Dean Spanos, the owner and Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Chargers and President of A.G. Spanos Companies and a longtime member of Leadership 100, at its Annual Awards Gala on April 1, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Spanos who received the Aristeion Award in Business and Sports was honored along with Congresswoman Karen Bass who received the Pericles Award, and Professor Stephen Miller who received the Theodore Saloutos Award for his exemplary work at Ancient Nemea.

Under Spanos’ leadership, the Chargers have broken numerous franchise records. During 11 seasons from 2004-14, the team won 113 games (playoffs included) – five of which were AFC West championships (2004, 2006-09) – and four playoff games. Only three teams in the NFL won more games during that time span.

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Dr. Steven Kalkanis

Dr. Steven Kalkanis Enrolled in Neurological Society

Dr. Steven N. Kalkanis, a new member of Leadership 100, was acknowledged by The Society of Neurological Surgeons with membership in 2016. He is professor and, following a national search in 2014, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, where he also serves as Director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Dr. Kalkanis joined Henry Ford in 2004 after completing his neurosurgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated with highest honors from Harvard University, where he was awarded the John Harvard Scholarship, and then Harvard Medical School, where he served as Class Marshal and received the Linnane Prize for highest academic achievement.

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