New York.- The 20th Annual Leadership 100 Conference will convene from Thursday, February 24 to Sunday, February 27, in Palm Beach, FL 33480, in the presence of Archbishop Demetrios and members of the Holy Eparchial Synod. Besides the discussion of various issues of the agenda, this year’s conference will feature some prominent Greek American speakers, such us, Ted Leonsis, one of the country’s premier business entrepreneurs, Peter Diamandis, the celebrated space pioneer, John McKesson Camp II, noted archaeologist, and Michael Psilakis, Executive Chef.
Leadership 100 was founded in 1984 with a mission to promote Orthodoxy and Hellenism through the ministries of the church and its membership that now approaches 900 members. Approximately half of them have totally fulfilled memberships, having paid the $100,000 stipulated as the required contribution.
All these years the organization has distributed close to $30 million in a wide range of grants. The biggest recipient of the Leadership’s grants is the Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, to which the organization it has recently recommitted scholarship support through the year 2018. That will total $20.4 million in scholarship aid since the inception of Leadership 100.
As Leadership’s president Constantine G. Caras said in his message to the members, “this year we again sustained Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology with our scholarship program for seminarians preparing to enter the priesthood. I recently presented a check to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, fulfilling our 2010 one million dollar commitment for the Scholarship Program.
Without dynamic young priests, we will lose our youth. That’s why the School remains our number one priority.”
The president of Leadership 100 also stresses that, “our mission always is to promote Orthodoxy and Hellenism through the ministries of the church. This is our mission because we want our children and grandchildren to remain committed to the Church and the traditions that nurtured us. We continue to grow in membership and in contributions, notwithstanding challenging economic conditions. Our Partnership Program has exceeded expectations.”
Through Leadership’s generosity the publication of 10,000 Orthodox Bibles by the American Bible Society, which will be distributed to all Orthodox members of the U. S. Armed Services was also made possible.
Caras also praised in his message the Acting Executive Director, Paulette Poulos, as “the Leadership 100 Ambassador at Large, taking our name and mission to an ever widening audience.”
The conference will be chaired by Board of Trustees member Maria Allwin.
During the proceeds of the conference, Leadership 100 will honor Taki
Papadakis, the late President of Drexel.
One of the main issues to be discussed this year will be how to help the church design and emphasize programs insuring that our faith and heritage will survive into the next generation.
“When many of us were young, the family and the Church were the centers of our universe. Today, these institutions are being undermined by a changing secular society. Our kids no longer attend church on Sunday mornings because the coach expects to see them at soccer practice. We need new thinking for new circumstances. In order to continue growing, Leadership 100 has to stay relevant”, Mr Caras pointed out.
Leonsis, a member of Leadership 100, is the founder, chairman and majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which comprises three professional sports teams – the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA) – as well as Verizon Center and the Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster franchise. The company also operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex (the Capitals’ training facility and front office) and George Mason University’s Patriot Center. He retired from active management of AOL in 2006, where during the previous 13 years he held a number of senior positions, including vice chairman and president. He retains the position of Vice Chairman Emeritus.
Dr. Peter Diamandis is a pioneer in the commercial space industry. He is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.
Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.
John McKesson Camp II, a noted archaeologist, is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied the Classics; he earned an MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University. He has taught at Princeton, the ASCS in Athens, DePauw University, Lake Forest College, St. John’s University, University of Maryland and Randolph-Macon College, where he is currently Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics as of 2009. He has led or participated in excavations at the Athenian Agora, Corinth, Isthmia, Pylos, Epidauros, Naxos, Koilada (underwater), and Athens.
Executive Chef Michael Psilakis has acquired many of the food world’s highest honors in the short time he has been on the culinary scene. In 2008 alone, Psilakis was awarded Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year distinctions; nominated for A-List Chef by Bravo TV; and had his upscale Greek restaurant, Anthos, nominated for a James Beard Award in the category of Best New Restaurant. He was also named “Chef of the Year” by Esquire Magazine and his restaurant Anthos was awarded a Michelin star and named the third of ten best new restaurants by The New York Times restaurant reviewer, Frank Bruni.