Leadership 100 Focuses on Greek-American Youth During Stellar 2017 Conference

Members of Leadership 100 Partners; the program aims to attract young Greek American professionals into the L100 ranks. Photo by Sophia Pascal


The 26th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, convened at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida February 9-12, 2017. The organization that recently broke the record of 1000 members, aims to provide funds for the education of Orthodox priests in the USA, promote Hellenism and Orthodoxy, as well as provide grants towards a variety of philanthropic endeavors. This year the event attracted a record number of young participants looking into the new generation of eminent Greeks in America.

The program speakers featured Dr. Anthony S. Papadimitriou, President of the Onassis Foundation, and the pioneering investment manager, James S. Chanos.

In addition, the Emmy Award-winning actor, musician and author Jonathan Jackson spoke as well as performed with his brother, the actor and musician Richard Lee Jackson. The dynamic Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Steven Christoforou, spoke at the Opening Forum offering ideas in order to attract more young Greek American professionals in the L100 ranks.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, conducted the traditional and inspirational Bible Study and Lecture. Other events included a youth program chaired by Elaine Cotronakis and Maria Behrakis; a Wine Tasting Reception hosted by Gus Kalaris, featuring the Axios and Kalaris wines; the Welcome Reception; the Hellenic Glendi and the concluding Grand Banquet, as well as Golf and Tennis Tournaments and Awards, and a Walk/Run.

A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy concluded the conference on Sunday at St. Mark Church in Boca Raton.

(Katerina Cozias contributed to this report.)