Leadership 100 Celebrated 35 Years of Advancing Hellenism and Orthodoxy in America


L100 Chairman Argyris Vassiliou with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America at the 28th L100 conference in Boca Raton, FL. Photo by NEO Magazine

Leadership 100, one of the most prominent organizations advancing Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America, celebrated the 35th anniversary of its founding on February 21-24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America spoke about “philoxenia,” the Greek concept of hospitality, during the opening forum of the the 28th Annual Leadership 100 Conference.

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A health panel organized by pharmaceutical legend and L100 Chairman Emeritus George Behrakis featuring Drs. Harry T. Anastopoulos and George Dangas offered meaningful insights on how medical advancements and prevention can help us stay healthier throughout our lives.

Leadership 100 Chairman Emeritus George D. Behrakis with his wife Margo at the 28th L100 conference in Boca Raton, FL. Photo by Neo Magazine

Events on February 22 included a General Assembly, a lecture by His Eminence, and a luncheon and business forum addressed by George Veras. Veras is Chief Operating Officer of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and won ten National Sports Emmy Awards as a writer, producer and director of national live television events and documentaries.

Veras also produced seven Olympic Games for CBS Sports and NBC Sports.

On Saturday, February 23, events included a brunch and special forum conducted by Stellene Volandes, who became Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country magazine on March 8, 2016.

Before her appointment, she had been style director at the magazine since March 2012, shaping the fashion and society features each month. She is the daughter of long-time Leadership 100 members John and Marcella Volandes.

The day’s events concluded Saturday evening with the black-tie Grand Banquet, at which the “Archbishop lakovos Leadership 100 Awards for Excellence” were presented to Stellene Volandes and George Verras.

Leadership 100 has a great deal to celebrate as it turns 35 with over 1,000 active members, who all pledge $100,000 to the organization. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supports the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in advancement of Orthodoxy and Hellenism and other charitable causes.

Leadership 100 member, businessman and Philanthropist John P. Calamos Sr. with his wife May, at the 28th Leadership 100 conference in Boca Raton, FL. Photo by NEO Magazine

Since 1984, when it was first founded under the guidance of Archbishop Iakovos, the organization has distributed over $50 million in grants supporting studies for the priesthood at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and other national ministries.

The 2019 conference attracted a record number of young members. Photo by NEO magazine.

It has made donations to religious and Greek language education; Youth, young adult and camping Ministries; Family and marriage Services; Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations; Internet Ministries; and the Home Mission.

The Leadership 100 group has also provided humanitarian assistance during national and international crises.