Leadership 100 Moves Forward Marking New Decade at 2020 Conference

    Archbishop Elpidophoros and Chairman Argyris Vassiliou present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to Michael Kratsios, while his parents, John and Maria, stand proud. Credit: Dimitrios Panagos / Leadership 100

    The 29th Leadership 100 Annual Conference, which ran from February 20 to 23 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, was the most successful to date, seeing a record attendance of 525 members and their guests.

    This year’s Conference theme was “Leadership 100 Moves Forward,” centering on renewed support for the ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the new decade. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America attended the Conference for the first time and shared his vision for the future of the Church.

    In a historic action, the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees approved a grant of $5 million for the St. Nicholas National Shrine, board member Michael Psaros told Greek Reporter in an exclusive interview.

    “We wanted to respond to the priorities of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros by offering the fullest participation possible in supporting the St. Nicholas National Shrine and ministry. Our action demonstrates the support of Leadership 100 in ensuring the realization of this significant national symbol for our Church and our Nation,” Leadership 100 Chairman Argyris Vassiliou stated.

    Tim Tassopoulos, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc. led the Business Forum sector of the conference on Thursday, February 20.

    United States Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios was the keynote speaker for the event on Friday. Kratsios cited how his Orthodox faith and Hellenic heritage inspired his work and even his understanding of the interrelationship of science and religion.

    The Leadership 100 conference organizers also featured contributions from three outstanding young members of the Greek American community who shared their experiences as highly successful entrepreneurs and innovators at a panel at Saturday’s forum.

    These three exceptional young people were Doretta Mistras, Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking Division of Citigroup; George D. Bousis, founder and Executive Chairman of Raise and owner and Chairman of Riot Squad Esports; and Athan Stephanopoulos, the president of NowThis, a leading digital media news brand.

    The annual Leadership 100 conferences grew out of the creation of an endowment fund in 1984 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide an opportunity for Greek Orthodox leaders to support the life-sustaining ministries of the Church. Since that time, Leadership 100 has distributed $54 million in grants to worthy recipients and causes within the Archdiocese.