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Leadership 100 Concludes 31st Annual Conference

February 17, 2022

NAPLES, FL – The 31st Annual Conference of Leadership 100 was held from February 10-13 at The Ritz-Carlton Naples in Naples, FL where its Executive Committee approved $4,484,900 in grants for the year 2022. At the conference Demetrios G. Logothetis of Chicago was elected Chairman by the Board of Trustees, succeeding Argyris Vassiliou. Also elected was James Pantelidis as Vice Chairman and re-elected were Kassandra Romas and Maria Allwin as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

Leadership 100 Executive Director Paulette Poulos offered her traditional warm welcome and former Chairman Argyris Vassiliou stated that it was a most successful conference, attended by 480 members and guests who responded enthusiastically to a program that initiated the celebration of the Centennial of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

The 31st Annual Leadership 100 Conference concluded on February 13 with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, at St. Katherine Church in Naples, FL.

The breakfast of the Shown are Archbishop Elpidophoros, Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos, the outgoing Chairman Argyris Vasilleiou and the new Chairman Demetrios Logothetis. (Photo by GOA/DIMITRIOS PANAGOS)

Archbishop Elpidophoros shared his vision for the Archdiocese and the Church in America and worldwide in a Lecture on February 11 and at the Grand Banquet on February 12.

The Conference speakers were Dr. Alexander Kitroeff, Professor, Department of History, Haverford College, who addressed the history of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; George Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, President and Chief Scientific Officer at Regeneron, who spoke of his inspiration as a Greek-American in leading  the pioneering research to combat COVID-19; Dr. Lisa Liberatore and Dr. Dimitri Kessaris, who spoke of their motivation as founders of two nonprofit organizations, Luv Michael and US Autism Homes, along with Mark Biondi, Program Director of both organizations; Theo Nicolakis, Director of Information Technologies at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, who spoke on the modernization of the Archdiocese’s technology; and Rev. Fr. Gary Kyriacou, Director of Ionian Village, who shared plans for its transformation.

Although His Grace Bishop Andonios was unable to attend, a video on the plans for the new St. Michael’s Home was shown.

In addition, the Rev. Protopresbyter Andreas Vithoulkas, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, spoke on his newly appointed position as the Proïstamenos (presiding priest) and Archiepiscopal Vicar at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center.

The Luncheon Forum of Leadership 100’s 31st Annual Conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, FL. Forum Speaker was Dr. Alexander Kitroeff. (Photo by GOA/DIMITRIOS PANAGOS)

The Grand Banquet included the presentation of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to Dr. Kitroeff, Dr. Yancopoulos and, in absentia, to Christos Kyratsous, PhD, Vice President of Research, Infectious Diseases and Viral Vector Technologies at Regeneron. The Leadership 100 Achievement Award was previously presented to Dr. Liberatore, Dr. Kasseris, Mark Biondi, Theo Nicolakis, and Fr. Gary Kyriacou. Vassiliou was presented with a special Chairman’s Award by His Eminence and Logothetis. Ann Vassiliou was presented with the Shining Star Award by the Archbishop and Paulette Poulos.

Other events included a Welcome Reception on Thursday, a Hellenic Glendi on Friday, and Golf and Tennis Tournaments and Awards, along with a Walk/Run event on Saturday. In addition, there were two networking and social gatherings for over 120 Leadership 100 Young Professionals.

GRANT COMMITTEE SUMMARY

19 NEW GRANTS APPROVED

$4,767,000 In Total/$2,507,000 In 2022

  1. St. Michael’s Home Expansion Grant – $2,000,000 over four years ($500,000 per year)
  2. Office of Ionian Village: Open IV Grant – $500,000, with $200,000 to be allocated in 2022 and $300,000 in 2023
  3. Small Parish Program Grant – $440,000 over three years for four newly selected parishes. Each parish receives $50,000 for the first year, $35,000 in the second and $25,000 in the third
  4. GOARCH Centennial Committee: Clergy Laity Congress History of the Archdiocese Exhibit Grant – $300,000
  5. Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Metropolis Camping Ministries Grant – $270,000, with $30,000 to support each of the eight Metropolis camps as well as one for the Direct Archdiocesan District
  6. National YAL Conference: GOARCH Centennial grant – $180,000
  7. Department of Information Technology: Digital Experience Platform Pilot Program Grant – $175,000, with $85,000 to be allocated in 2022 and $90,000 in 2023
  8. Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity: Post Covid-19 Resilient Live Streaming and Safety Pilot Program for Parishes Grant – $174,000
  9. Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism: OMS Parish Plan for Excellence Grant – $149,500, with $74,750 to be allocated in 2022 and 2023
  10. Chancellor’s Office: Young Adult Summer Internship Program Grant – $120,000, with $40,000 to be allocated in 2022 and $80,000 in 2023
  11. Office of Ionian Village: IV Next 2022 Grant – $100,000
  12. Department of Information Technology: Media Intelligence Grant – $75,500
  13. Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Survey Orthodox Mission In America Grant – $75,000
  14. Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology: HCHC Covid-19 Mitigation Costs Grant – Up to $50,000
  15. Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism: Home Mission Parish Program Grant – $43,500
  16. Department of Youth Safety Compliance: Youth Safety Awareness Grant – $40,000
  17. Department of Communications: Digital Asset Management Grant – $35,000
  18. Clergy Family Initiative: Presvytera Peer Learning Groups (CPLG) Grant – $22,000
  19. Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry: Church History Class for Parish Jail Ministries Grant – $17,500

12 PRIOR YEAR GRANTS APPROVED

$2,584,100 in Total/$1,977,900 in 2022

  1. Hellenic College/Holy Cross Scholarship Program – $1,000,000
  2. Archdiocese Clergy Pension – $250,000
  3. Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Effective Christian Ministry Training Grant – $235,000
  4. Greek Fires Relief Fund Matching Grant – $200,000
  5. St. Paul’s Autism Research and Training Academy: SPARTA Greece Grant – $80,000
  6. Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Care: Fifth Annual International Conference of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Health Care – $55,000
  7. Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Orthodox Christianity and Mental Health Grant – $50,000
  8. Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University: Affirming an Orthodox Christian Theology of Human Rights Grant – $50,000
  9. Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Youth Safety Education Grant – $30.000
  10. Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Translation and Publication of Dialogues ‘Avec le Patriarche Athénagoras’ Grant – $7,500
  11. National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Clergy & Presvyteres Congress Workshops/Dinners – $15,000
  12. Retired Clergy in Need Program – $5,400

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