Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne, actress Nia Vardalos and Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos were honored at the 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference that brought together the best and brightest from the Greek Church and Community.
The 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference with more than 300 attendees culminated in a celebratory Grand Gala on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California. Featured speakers included Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film, who presented a memorable audio-visual show on “Hollywood and Hellenism”; Fr. John Bakas, renowned Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles; Alexander Payne, the Academy Award winning film director, screenwriter and producer, who was introduced by his former pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, Very Rev. Fr. Eugene N. Pappas, now of Three Hierarchs Church in Brooklyn, New York; and Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award nominated screenwriter, actress and director.
“It is our goal to attract more young members. Today seeing all these young people speaking with Alexander Payne was an amazing experience,” said L100 Chairman Chrales H. Cotros.
“The roster of such distinguished and accomplished speakers made this Leadership 100 Conference exceptional and memorable,” he added.
Nia Vardalos, the actress, screenwriter, director and producer, spoke about her new book and her career in Hollywood during the Friday night Gala.
Michael Johnson, an esteemed scientist who has been recognized for his contribution to the discovery of Parshall Field in North Dakota, one of the world’s major oil discoveries also spoke at the conference about the future of the oil industry.
Entertainment featured musical performance by the sisters, Lexy and Stephany Prodomos, vocalist Georgia Veru, and Dean Vali & Keffe.
Watch the video from the 2013 Leadership 100 conference: