Andrew Liveris and Nicole Petallides to Address Leadership 100 Conference

Andrew Liveris and Nicole Petallides

Andrew Liveris, Nicole Petallides and Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides will address a prominent crowd of Greek-Americans at the 21st annual Leadership 100 conference which will take place February 9th-12th, 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, Manalapan, Florida. The conference is the most important function of Leadership 100, one of the most prestigious Greek-American organizations.

Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and a member of Leadership 100, who was appointed in June by U.S. President Barack Obama as Co-Chair of the newly formed Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, will address the Business Forum at the 21st Annual Leadership 100 Conference on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Constantine G. Caras, Leadership 100 Chairman, said that Leadership 100 was “especially honored to have such a leading businessman and philanthropist with so impressive a record of accomplishments in both the nation and world address our Conference.” Liveris will be presented with the distinguished Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence.

Last July, Liveris launched Dow’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan for America (AMP). AMP calls for action on a number of fronts to lower structural costs that are hindering U.S. manufacturing, and to establish a policy framework that will enable economic growth. In January, Liveris published Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy, which articulates AMP in detail.

Liveris, at the launch ceremony for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, said:”Through success in manufacturing, the U.S. can generate meaningful long-term employment in key industries and the support positions that accompany them — every new manufacturing job on average creates five additional jobs. By recovering U.S. manufacturing leadership, the U.S. can also maintain and grow its role as the world’s innovation engine. Success at R&D, and in turn, the production of new ideas as products, go hand-in-hand — they can’t be separated. A vibrant manufacturing sector is essential to our competitiveness in cutting-edge technology.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership includes other major U.S. manufacturers, several top U.S. engineering universities, and key government technology leaders. Key goals of the Partnership will be to build a roadmap for advanced manufacturing technologies, accelerating ideas from the drawing board to production and competitive advantage in the marketplace, and to ensure a vital and globally competitive manufacturing sector. Liveris will be joined by Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in heading the Partnership.

Liveris’ 35-year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He has been a member of Dow’s Board of Directors and CEO since 2004, and was elected as Chairman of the Board in 2006. Liveris serves on the Board of Directors of IBM, and he is President of the International Council of Chemical Associations, Vice Chairman of the Business Council, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable. Liveris is also a member of the President’s Export Council, the US-India CEO Forum, The Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Australian Association, and a Trustee of Tufts University.

Mario Frangoulis

Internationally acclaimed Sony Classical recording artist and Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis will highlight the Leadership 100 21st Annual Conference. He will perform at a special concert on Friday, February 10 at The Harriet Himmel Theater, the cultural centerpiece of CityPlace, in neighboring West Palm Beach, according to Conference Chair Cathy Sakellaris, who is a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted that a so prominent member and leader of our community as Cathy Sakellaris has taken the lead in organizing next year’s conference,” said Constantine G. Caras, Chairman of Leadership 100. Sakellaris has held positions in sales and brand management with Procter and Gamble, was Director of Sales & Marketing for North America in the Information Systems of ITT Corporation Division, and served as Vice President for Global Accounts for the Nielsen Marketing Research division of Dun and Bradstreet, before devoting herself to civic, cultural and philanthropic activities with emphasis on Hellenic organizations.

Frangoulis, who is often referred to as one of Greece’s “national treasures”, is a dedicated Hellene who thinks of himself as an ambassador for Greece all over the world. He sings in Italian, Spanish, English, French and Greek, enabling him to truly connect with global audiences. He has had the honor of performing with some of the world’s greatest artists, including Placido Domingo, Lara Fabian, Sarah Brightman, Justin Hayward, and Natalie Merchant in addition to collaborating with Greece’s most famous composers, Mikis Theodorakis and Yannis Markopoulos, and world-acclaimed singers, George Dalaras, Alkistis Protopsalti, and Glykeria, to name a few.

Born in what is now the Republic of Zimbabwe to Greek parents, Frangoulis was raised in Athens, Greece. At the age of 17, he attended London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study acting and singing. While at Guildhall he was discovered by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who is referred to by The New York Times as “the most successful, influential and powerful producer of our time.” Upon his graduation, he was hired to play the character Marius in Les Miserables in London’s West End. Soon thereafter, he was invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the role of Raoul in Phantom of the Opera to great critical acclaim.

During this time, Frangoulis discovered the operatic side of his voice. He won the Maria Callas Prize and, juggling this new-found opportunity in opera with an emerging stage career, he studied in Italy with the world-famous tenor Carlo Bergonzi, and, upon the recommendation of one of his mentors, the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, with the acclaimed Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, becoming the only private student the late Kraus ever accepted. He continued his studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York under the guidance of Dodi Protero, solidifying his skill as a vocalist and musician.

Anything but a conventional opera singer, he won the role of Tony in West Side Story at Milan’s La Scala for the New Millennium and appeared in films such as De Lovely with Kevin Kline, on television, and even in epic presentations of ancient Greek plays such as The Birds, Prometheus, and The Bacchae.

A true humanitarian, Frangoulis is recognized all over the world for his charity work, supporting events and organizations such as: Voices for Darfur, José Carreras’ Leukemia Foundation, and organizations addressing AIDS issues, and homelessness prevention and intervention. He is most passionate, however, about any cause pertaining to the protection of “at risk” children. In 2008, he was invited by Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams to be a Global Ambassador for Peace for her organization, The World Centers of Compassion for Children International, and as a result, was invited by the Dalai Lama to sing at his 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver, Canada. Simultaneously, he became an Ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in support of their goal to provide college scholarships for high-risk, high-potential youth throughout the United States.

Nicole Petallides, Anchor at FOX Business Network, will speak at a Special Program on Business and the Media on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Leadership 100 Annual Conference. She will be presented with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence. Petallides joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. She also serves as FBN’s main NYSE correspondent, reporting live daily from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining FBN, she was an anchor at Bloomberg Television where she reported from the New York Stock Exchange for the nationally syndicated Bloomberg Business Report and Bloomberg Market Update. While at Bloomberg, Petallides also covered weekend news and served as a business news anchor for CW-11’s WPIX morning news program in New York.

Before joining Bloomberg, Petallides served as an assistant producer for CNBC, where she produced daily floor reports from the NYSE. Prior to CNBC, she was a segment producer for Dow Jones Television’s The Wall Street Journal Report with Consuelo Mack and international programs Asian Business News and European Business News. Petallides has also contributed to FOX affiliate WNYW’s morning show Good Day New York, NY1 News, CNN and News 12 Long Island. A Great Neck, New York native, she graduated from American University.

Nicole Anais Petallides was born in 1971 in Queens, New York. Petallides, along with Jenna Lee, were the first two anchors on the air when the FOX Business Network made its debut. Petallides is the daughter of Fannie Holliday and John Petallides. Her mother was the founder and chief operating officer of Proini, a Greek-language daily newspaper, and of The Greek American, an English-language weekly newspaper.

Petallides graduated from American University in 1993 where she studied business and communications. She was also a member of the NCAA DIV 1 Women’s Soccer Team for three years. In 1998, she married Manhattan Prosthodontist Nicholas Tsiolas in a ceremony performed in the Greek Orthodox Church by His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon.

Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides will conduct the Interfaith Marriage Forum, on the subject The Intermarriage Challenge: An Opportunity for Outreach. He currently directs the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s ministry to intermarried couples and their families. . Much of his work can be accessed on the Interfaith Marriage web site at

Father Charles holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M-Div. from Hellenic College/Holy Cross, an M.A. in Human Development and Family Relations with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University.

He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and an approved AAMFT supervisor. He has a small private practice specializing in reclaiming marriages.

Father Charles has authored the following books: When You Intermarry: A Resource for Inter-Christian, Intercultural Couples, Parents and Families, Ministering to Intermarried Couples: A Resource for Clergy and Lay Workers, Attending to Your Marriage: A Resource for Christian Couples and The Journey of Marriage: A Premarital Education Program. His writings have also appeared in numerous professional journals, magazines and newspapers. He teaches marital and family therapy at Nyack College in The School of Human Services Alliance Graduate School of Counseling.

Father Charles was ordained in 1980. He has served several parishes across the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He and Presvytera Nancy have two children, Stephan, 30, and Sara, 28.

About Leadership 100

In 1984, under the guidance of Archbishop Iakovos, Leadership 100 was created as an endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese through which Greek Orthodox leaders were asked to commit themselves to offer $10,000 a year for a total of $100,000 each to maintain the life-sustaining ministries of the Church.

Today, Leadership 100, renamed The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund in recognition of Archbishop Iakovos’ vision, is a separately incorporated endowment fund supporting the priority needs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, but broadly dedicated to advancing the Orthodox faith and Hellenic ideals in America.

Leadership 100 disburses grants ranging from scholarship funds for individuals studying for the priesthood, building an information infrastructure and Internet ministries for the Archdiocese, promoting the National Ministries and providing assistance to emergencies such as September 11, Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes and medical needs.

With the initial membership of 100 soon surpassed, Leadership 100 “raised the bar” and grew progressively to 300, doubling its membership to 600 in 2000 and now to 847 members in 2010, including 88 Leadership 100 Partners, young professionals who progress in their contributions as they progress in their careers, and 5 Leadership 100 Junior Partners enrolled by their parents. The membership includes a broad spectrum of Greek Orthodox leaders, men and women of all ages from every field.

Leadership 100 is a driving force to seed and nurture new programs that advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism into the 21st Century.