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Leadership 100 to Hold Annual Conference in Naples, FL
The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund will mark its 30th Anniversary at its 23rd Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, according to Charles H. Cotros, Chairman. Since its beginnings in 1984 by the late Archbishop Iakovos along with its founders, a small group of leading Greek Orthodox laymen, Leadership 100 has grown dramatically, principally in the last 15 years, under the guidance of Archbishop Demetrios. Grants now exceed $35.6 million and its membership, whose philanthropy made this possible, has reached 920 Greek Orthodox leaders, men and women and young professionals who have carried on the tradition of advancing their Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Heritage.
In recognition of the Anniversary, Archbishop Demetrios will be honored for his leadership of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and all its ministries and institutions as he marks 15 years as Archbishop of America. The Conference will highlight the future of philanthropy in America and the world with the presentation of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, to be accepted by Vasili Tsamis, Chief Operating Officer, who will outline the impressive world-wide mission of the foundation and the role of philanthropy in the world economy. The Seleni Institute will also be presented with the prestigious Award, to be accepted by Nitzia Logothetis, Founder and Executive Chairwoman. She will describe the work of the Institute in addressing women’s health issues and the role of philanthropy and social change.
In addition, the Conference will receive a report on one of Leadership 100’s recent grants by Nicholas J. Furris, Senior Producer/Director of Greek Orthodox Telecommunications (GOTelecom). The grant to GOTelecom, a National Ministry under the Department of Communications of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, made possible 26 original programs to provide Orthodox Christians and viewers of other faiths with religious education on the Greek Orthodox Faith in the U.S.A. and around the world by means of a newly-developed GOTelecom TV, and Internet/cable television channel.
The Conference will also include the traditional Bible Study and Lecture by Archbishop Demetrios, the festive Glendi on Friday, February 14, and the Grand Gala on Saturday evening, February 15, as well as a special program for children chaired by Elaine Cotronakis and activities for our young professionals. As usual, sports and other social activities will be available for all conferees. Dean Vali & Keffe will provide entertainment.
Registration and supplemental forms can be obtained from the Leadership 100 Office. A block of rooms for Conference attendees has been reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members should make reservations directly with The Ritz-Carlton, Naples at (888) 856-4380 indicating that they are members of Leadership 100 in order to receive the special room rates.